Reverse Human Suffering

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the Sci-Fi TV Series, in 2020, Part IX of IX The consistent overarching narrative in the 12 Monkeys plot deals with how and why human suffering should be reversed. As the timeline changes, adapting to various efforts to reverse the conditions of the pandemic, the Splinter Project team constantly work…

For the Girls

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part VIII of IX As I neared the end of the Twelve Monkeys series, I realized how amazing it was to see female characters in unconventional leadership roles. As a fan of science fiction, and of movie entertainment in general, I am accustomed to enjoying…

Let’s Talk About Jennifer Goines

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the Sci-Fi TV Series, in 2020, Part VII of IX Jennifer Goines, who is brilliantly portrayed by Emily Hampshire, is easily the series favorite. She is a gift to Gen-X, citing songs, movies, and books from late twentieth century pop-culture. Her best self-defining quote is “you have no idea how…

The Value of A Life

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part VI of IX The point of greatest contention between the two brothers, Cole and Ramse, happens when each are faced with the extermination of their progeny. For Cole, his son is thought to be the Witness, and he fights to save him rather than…

A Moral Compass

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part V of IX James Cole is the one character whose perspective is most sympathetic to the viewer. He is smart, but often ignorant. He wants to do the right thing, but he’s not sure what that is at all times. He is easily caught…

Science Versus Religion

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part IV of IX It does not take long for the storyline of the 12 Monkeys series to press the often explored issue of science versus religion. There are a number of factions established in the future universe of the Twelve Monkeys. But the one…

Survival of the Fittest

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part III of IX It is not until the third episode of Twelve Monkeys that the audience gets a glimpse of the state of the world outside of Jones’s center of scientific allegiance. Humanity’s remnant has reverted to a tribal pattern, groups of people who…

The Shocking Affects of a Global Pandemic

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part II of IX The first glimpse of the fictional pandemic and its affects come to us from the future. Twenty-five years have passed since the virus had spread, effectively killing seven billion people, nearly 90% of earth’s population. From the year 2043, scientists piece…

Streaming the Apocalypse

Thoughts While Watching Twelve Monkeys, the TV Series, in 2020, Part I of IX As I write this, five weeks have passed since the official requisite for social distancing in my home state. This translates into more than 800 hours with my partner and our two teenage children. This is not the post-apocalyptic event I’ve…