So someone has been working very hard adapting one of my favourite films, into one of my favourite TV shows. Well, perhaps not yet. But it’s well on its way.
I really was prepared to hate this show. Terry Gilliam is, basically, a genius, and replicating what he achieved on the big screen — not just the story, but the mood — is no easy ask. What the first two episodes of the TV adaptation have shown is a raw world with a glossy sheen — and a more protracted story spread over the episodic format.
This is only two episodes in though, and there’s many a series which has gone downhill rapidly after a strong start.
12 Monkeys has topicality on its side, but at a time when Ebola is still marching across Africa that might be as much a hindrance as a help. People get squeamish when reality intrudes too far into their escapism.