Day: 03/02/2015

03 “Cassandra Complex” (12 Monkeys season 1) [SPOILERS]

12 monkeys

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.

Read on…(and mind the spoilers!)