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12 Monkeys - S02E02

Science Fiction . Mystery . Drama . Adventure

When an attempt to destroy the virus changes the future, Cole finds himself stranded in 2016 with an unstable Jennifer Goines, who may or may not be his key to getting home. Meanwhile, Jones and Railly must deal with both the consequences of the changed timeline and the temporal facility's newest prisoner -- Ramse.

Episode Title: Primary
Airs: 2016-04-25 at 21:00
  • Jeff Korbelik

    With the recent Ebola scare, the show’s premise is timely. Plus, it’s a trippy, roller coaster ride as we learn, along with Cole and Cassandra, who is responsible for killing 7 billion people.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Mekeisha Madden Toby

    As actors, Stanford and Schull have to convince TV audiences that they are not dishing out reheated versions of the performances Bruce Willis and Madeleine Stowe did in the original. Thankfully, that's not the case and these two actors are quite compelling as a couple of lost souls trying desperately to make things right.

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    For as long as it has, 12 Monkeys works beautifully as a fast-paced sci-fi thriller that is actually far more complex.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It's different enough from the original that you may be better off looking at it fresh, as a promising and more straightforward (okay, relatively straightforward) sci-fi adventure series with the requisite shadow conspiracy and, for those in the past, a looming Armageddon.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    It’s Stanford who will hold this thing together, and he seems up to the challenge. I’m ready to look at this whole story again with fresh eyes. It may not be quite on the level of a “Battlestar Galactica” overhaul, but, then, its source material isn’t nearly as campy.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Intelligent adaptation absent the dark humor, satire--or horror--of the original.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    The first two episode of 12 Monkeys move along crisply and effectively.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Syfy's best new show in ages. [16 Feb-1 Mar 2015, p.15]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series is less cryptic than the movie, more of a straightforward action drama, and that’s probably a good thing.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The script sometimes ties itself in knots trying to explain all the theoretical physics and horology that drive the plot, but in the early going, it hangs together pretty well.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    The polished, muscular pilot is more concept than substance. As far as movie-to-TV adaptions go, 12 Monkeys is far from Fargo, but at least it's watchable. [16 Jan 2015, p.71]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    12 Monkeys hums along at a reasonable pace; its pilot is pleasingly energetic and efficient.... The problem is, 12 Monkeys tends to prioritize a series of MacGuffins over attempts to deepen its characters and their relationships.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    It’s an entertaining genre series with some fun performances, but it doesn’t make the same lasting impression as the works that inspired it.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    The TV version of 12 Monkeys pulls apart the movie, and finds the ingredients for just another dark, violent genre show.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    12 Monkeys won't hook those who aren't already fans of the genre. The characters are mostly two-dimensional. The philosophical conundrums are secondary to the action. The dialogue is terribly earnest.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Through the first two episodes it’s just not enough to differentiate this series from so many conspiracy thrillers that have come before.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Although the theme of toxic corporate greed is still there, the elongating of the story into many hours and the flattening of some mysteries for clarity on television may annoy devotees of the feature film.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The problem, as always, is that the time-travel element can be disorienting from a narrative standpoint.

    Variety Full Review
  • Cody Ray Shafer

    The past is suddenly malleable. This removes all the stakes, but also downgrades 12 Monkeys from fatalistic sci-fi dystopia to a predictable genre piece. Not horrible by SyFy, or even cable thriller standards, but still disappointing.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    None of the performers can do much to enliven a show that, judging from the two episodes sent to critics, is comprised mainly of padding.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    There’s a lot of body-wrenching time-travel, lots of running across blasted urban landscapes, many predictable betrayals, and entirely too many melodramatic lines such as “You are going to help me change the world, Mr. Cole.”

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s a show that disguises its inadequacies through sheer will of pacing, sending characters running, often through time, in an effort to keep viewers from getting bored. It doesn’t quite succeed. Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Most of the performances are pretty laughable.... It’s too bad SyFy didn’t invest more in a better script and direction.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    [A] lack of imagination pervades 12 Monkeys, both in plotting and in aesthetic.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    The series is a powerfully stupidity-ridden vision of poorly done science fiction, an inexcusably generic take on the movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review