Last week, we got a glimpse at the first nine minutes of Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of 12 Monkeys. It was a solid look that gives you an idea of the world, tone, and aesthetic they’ve created. But if that wasn’t enough, the network is back with another extended clip, though this one only clocks in at a little more than three-minutes long.
I’m not 100% sure, but I’m reasonably certain that this is the scene that immediately follows the first video. Also, you probably noticed that this is “part 2 of 5,” which indicates that we will likely see three more of these videos between now and this Friday, January 16, when 12 Monkeys premieres. So we have that to look forward to.
In the first video, James Cole (Aaron Stanford), a man from a ruined future, travels back in time and kidnaps virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), hoping to convince her that a vicious plague, the Kalavirus, is about to rip through the world and decimate the human population. He has been sent back to stop this pandemic, or maybe, as Railly thinks, he’s flipping crazy. But before he disappears back to his own time, he tells her to meet him at a specific place on a specific date, and that’s where this clip picks up.
It’s been a few years since I’ve watched Terry Gilliam’s 1995 Twelve Monkeys, but as far as I remember, what we’ve seen so far is very similar to the film. When Cole finally shows up at the hotel, he has a bullet in him, and if I had to hazard a guess, it’s really old, like from World War I, where he was accidentally sent back to—as he says, time travel is not an exact science.
Check out the first nine minutes of the pilot episode below:
I have mixed feelings about this series. Gilliam’s film is a modern classic, and aside from telling a good, twisted, time travel yarn, there’s an inherent strangeness to the whole thing, like anything the Monty Python alum directs. I really want this to be good, and granted, we’ve only seen 12 minutes, but up to this point it just looks like is a straightforward retelling of source material. Of course, this is only a pilot, so there’s plenty of room for the show to evolve and become it’s own thing, but my worry, and I know I’m not alone, is that this isn’t going to do anything to differentiate itself. We’ll have to wait and see, and give it a few episodes to find its footing, but hopefully this becomes a good part of Syfy’s push back into producing original content.
12 Monkeys debuts Friday, January 16 at 9:00pm.