12 Monkeys is an American science fiction mystery drama series based on the 1995 film of the same name.
James Cole is a time traveler from the year 2043 sent back to the present to stop the mysterious terrorist organization The Army of the Twelve Monkeys from releasing a virus that will kill over 90% of the world’s population and end civilization as we know it. He has only two allies in the present, a brilliant virologist and a math genius with unstable emotional problems.
Initial response to the series has been positive with critics enjoying several of the performances. In addition to the acting, the plotting received praise as even those who remember the film can’t tell exactly what the series is up to. This is a big plus as the film relied on a very memorable MacGuffin.
Unfortunately, the anchor character, Cole, is not one of the praised performances. Some considered him the weak link of the show both in characterization and portrayal. He doesn’t seem to be much more than a blank slate to be shot back in time for things to happen to.
For fans of time travel, action oriented science fiction, or the medical procedural applied to apocalyptic scenarios, 12 Monkeys is a series you should make time for.