12 Monkeys: Season 2 (2016)


Season 2
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Full of addictive twists, the second season of 12 Monkeys overcomes time traveling logic issues with help of added thriller elements.



Critic Ratings: 12


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User Ratings: 333

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Air date: Apr 18, 2016

Cole and Ramse mend their broken friendship while on the run from the Army of the 12 Monkeys in the Season 2 premiere. And in the year 2043, Railly and Jones navigate an uncertain future as Deacon and the Twelve command the Temporal Facility.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2016

An attempt to destroy the virus alters the future, stranding Cole in the year 2016 with an unstable Jennifer Goines, who may or may not be his key to getting home. Meanwhile, Jones and Railly deal with the consequences of the changed timeline; at the same time, they contend with Ramse as the temporal facility's newest prisoner.

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Air date: May 2, 2016

Amid growing tensions, Cole and Cassie embark on their first time travel mission together, which brings them to New York at the height of World War II to track a dangerous, seductive member of the Twelve.

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Air date: May 9, 2016

Jones reluctantly places her trust in Ramse to bring Cole and Cassie safely home after they get stranded in the year 1944. As Ramse looks forward to this chance to atone for his sins, Jones explores the true nature of time with old Jennifer Goines.

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Air date: May 16, 2016

Cassie and Jennifer labor together and Cole makes an unexpected move.

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Air date: May 23, 2016

Cole's partnership with Ramse is put to the test when they travel back to the 1970s to try to prevent the Twelve from murdering a disturbed Vietnam veteran with a connection to the Witness.

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Air date: May 30, 2016

Cole comes face-to-face with the Witness; Cassie's hallucinations undergo a chilling evolution; and the Temporal Facility becomes increasingly dangerous after the malfunctioning time machine brings back deadly visitors from the past.

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Air date: Jun 6, 2016

Jones comes to the disheartening realization that time travel is humanity's true enemy and that as its architect she needs to be stopped, and so she sends Railly back to the year 2020 with orders to undo all of it.

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Air date: Jun 13, 2016

Jennifer Goines takes her power into her own hands in the year 2016 when she forms the Hyenas, a band of crazy compatriots, to take on the 12 Monkeys. With the help of Cole, an elaborate plot is uncovered to reacquire the virus.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2016

Cole has his loyalty tested when Ramse and Railly go rogue, embarking on an unsanctioned mission that sends them to 1961 East Berlin. Once there, they have murder on their minds as they search for an unscrupulous German doctor who knows the location of "The Witness."

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Follows the journey of a time traveller from the post-apocalyptic future trying to destroy the source of a plague that will nearly destroy the humanity.

Critic Reviews for 12 Monkeys Season 2

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

We're set up well for a full season of signs and revelations.

May 30, 2016 | Rating: 15/20 | Full Review…

It's darned fun to watch.

Apr 19, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

B-level science-fiction comfort food.

Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…

12 Monkeys finally unmasked The Witness during [the] Season 2 finale, and the reveal was exactly what you want out of a twist: shocking yet somewhat expected in the sense that it had been carefully crafted to reach this point, so it made sense.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This is the farthest back we've traveled on the series and it's going to be a total blast. Sure Cole and Cassie are at odds, but it should be interesting watching them rebuild their relationship.

Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

The pacing and danger continues to grow with each episode in season two, and the series continues to be both a time travel-based drama and a psychological thriller.

Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The season premiere of 12 Monkeys offered plenty of spectacle and a mix of the familiar of what fans love with the new flavor of the transformed situation, and overall it was a successful offering.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A crazy compulsive watch.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

12 Monkeys is back, and yes, it's as trippy and twisty as ever.

Apr 19, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Though Season 2 started simple when held up against the rest of Season 1, it's best we consider this a welcome back episode rather than of an indication of things to come.

Apr 19, 2016 | Full Review…

The TV show does it all with a sense of bravado that allows you to overlook any internal logic issues.

Apr 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Every episode includes some moment of such sweeping grandeur and philosophical heft that I remember, instantly, why I do ultimately love this series, flaws and all.

Apr 18, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 12 Monkeys: Season 2

  • Sep 10, 2016
    Mind-blowing and action-packed, Season 2 of 12 Monkeys changes the direction of the series. After seizing the time machine in 2043 the 12 Monkeys send several Messengers into the past to end time itself, and it's up to Cole and Railly to track them down and stop them. The show changes up a lot of the character dynamics; with Railly turning into a hardcore resistance fighter after having been stuck in the future, Cole teaming up with Ramse in the past, and Jennifer being turned against the 12 Monkeys (becoming a rogue). And the performances are a lot better for this, giving the actors more to do; especially Emily Hampshire as Jennifer, who breaks out and becomes the most charismatic and interesting character of the series. The writing too is extremely impressive; particularly in how it develops a mythos for time and ties together the various factions (showing them interconnecting throughout time). Also, Madeleine Stowe, star of the original film, makes a guest appearance in the season finale and gives an incredible performance. Extraordinarily riveting and full of adventure, Season 2 of 12 Monkeys is a transformative season that takes the series to a new level.
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  • Aug 07, 2020
    A phenomenal love story centered around time travel & apocalyptic brutality. Great acting by the whole cast especially by Emily Hampshire.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    How did season 2 get even better than the amazing season 1? I love these characters and this story. Don't start in the middle or watch an episode here and there; watch it from the beginning (very important in a time travel show anyway) and you will be rewarded.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    The first season of this show most closely follows the narrative threads of the film, despite the key difference that time travel can change things. In this season, we understand just how much time travel CAN change about the past and the future. Since the inciting incident for this show is a plague that kills 7 billion people, it might seem impossible that this season ups the ante. Yet, it does. All but abandoning the plague, season 2 of this show reveals the REAL threat to the world. We also get a team of time-traveling characters who are complex, maddening, lovable, tortured, and hopeful. In the second episode of the season, we get to the heart of what this show is about: what we do "now" matters most of all and that the only way to change the future is to save lives, not take them. It's a beautiful season of television that sees itself surpass its predecessor, all due respect to Terry Gilliam's wonderful film.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Heavy on exhausting exposition dumps, character motivations are still a mess and most egregious is how Jones seems to know everything about everything all the time. But it's much more inventive and fun than the last season.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    It got darker and more complex than first season but I loved it! Great job, congratulations :D
  • Jul 21, 2017
    Binge-worthy and suspenseful. Good character development.
  • Apr 15, 2017
    Just binged season 2. It was like watching a really good feature film that lasted for 12 hours. What an experience!
  • Mar 20, 2017
    Very well made. Very interesting and enjoyable/entertaining.
  • Feb 24, 2017
    It is not often that a successful migration of movie to a television series is achievable. Fortunately, on the most recent attempts became an example that managed to click with the audience becoming one of the more intriguing series included in the SyFy channel's lineup of original programming, ‘12 Monkeys’. In 1995 Terry Gilliam, one of the wonderfully wacky alumni of the ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ directed a film that would go on to become a cult classic in the genre. Set in the dystopian future where a weaponized virus is released causing a pandemic to kill the vast majority of humanity. In the movie, the story came to a somewhat open-ended conclusion that left many fans debating the nuances of the story. When the SyFy channel undertook the transformation to a series is understandable that many fans had their doubts as to how well such a convoluted tale of time travel and shifting timelines would translate to a serialized format. While many TV series and movies concerned the time travel try their best to avoid the inevitable paradoxes inherent whenever the natural order of the single directional flow of time is disrupted. When the most significant reasons why ‘12 Monkeys’ was successful as a TV show is that they embrace the time paradoxes going so far as to turning them into a crucial plot point responsible for driving much of the story. Balancing the strong science fiction theme is what truly differentiates this series so many others, the precise attention paid to character development. When my favorite themes have always been when a reasonable man is placed in the most unreasonable circumstances. Films such as ‘Falling Down,' exemplify the two-fold struggle such a person must effectively navigate, you reasonable circumstances surrounding him in the internal psychological and emotional struggle within. In this series will protagonist the split between a man from the future desperately trying to prevent the plate and starting, and the woman from our present morning to a struggle that spans the past present and future. The second season considered here is heavily dependent upon its predecessor, and it highly recommended that you do not try to pick up the story in the middle. In 2016 James Cole (Aaron Stanford) and his associate from the future, José Ramsey (Kirk Acevedo) are desperately trying to avoid capture by the Army of the 12 Monkeys, the radical bioterrorism destined to release the plague. To avoid detection, they turn to Benjamin Kalman (Brendan Coyle) a biotechnical engineer who worked for the Markridge Group was one of the team members that developed the deadly M5-10 virus. They wanted Kalman to remove the tracking device subcutaneously planted in space Rams. Little did they know but Kalman was still involved with the Army and caused the paralysis of Ramsey. Cole uncovers a clue that would become one of the driving plot points for the season. Jennifer Goines (Emily Hampshire), a brilliant scientist, Machiavellian manager and bat guano crazy worked as a researcher in the Markridge Group. Although it appears that many plot points and a substantial amount of exposition filtered through Jennifer are critical to keeping in mind at all times used to be considered an untrustworthy narrator. But temperament is mercurial and allegiances subject to rapid reversals. At the beginning of this second season, all evidence points to Jennifer as responsible for releasing the plague virus in New York City, once again giving the call a target to complete his mission. One group that becomes very important during the season on known as the ‘Messengers.' They are a cabal of 12 people with strong ties to the Army of 12 Monkeys. These Messengers were created by cloning the DNA of Olivia (Alisen Down) which was accomplished by the German physician and scientist Dr. Albert Kirschner (Matt Frewer). Each of the Messengers was created with the specific purpose, to hunt down and assassinate the Primaries, individuals are crucial to the stability of the timeline. Shrouded in black clothes the Messengers each armed with a knife carved from their intended victim. Whenever the same object or person comes in contact with itself from a different period, the result is a paradox, the erasure of the person from existence unraveling the fabric of the timeline. During the first season, the action was focused primarily on two different time periods, the presence, 2015/2016 and the point in the future with a time machine exists, 2044. Cole's ally in the past Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) worked as a well-respected virologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, originally only came to believe Cole’s impossible story about time travel and pandemic until she saw him disappear while standing in front of her. When the major storylines in this season that she is now serving fully as Cole’s partner assisting him in various time periods. Although initially involved with another man, Cassie gradually begins to have feelings for Cole which understandably reciprocated y Cassie. The result of this relationship creates an emotional quagmire for Cole. He has always known that preventing of the virus from being released to the timeline resulting in and never being born. Back in his native timeline conditions were so brutally harsh he had little to live for, but now he has a beautiful and smart woman that he loves. One of the subtle aspects of the series that lends it remarkable credence is the lack of the preternaturally good-looking young men and women. I often consider them to be ‘CW Clones’ since most series on that network that is geared towards teens and tweens almost completely populated by these physically flawless young people. Despite the fact that Mr. Schull started in several such shows, ‘One Tree Hill’ and ‘Pretty Little Liars,' the cast here represents a more mature group of characters which has the effect of limiting a greater amount of credence to the character development. Undoubtedly one of the most attractive aspects of the series it is the ability to combine an eclectic range of genres synergistically. Providing a solid core is a science fiction story that revisits the popular theme of using time travel to prevent, or perhaps more accurately, erase a global catastrophe. Stories such as this have a tendency to implode due to the overly complicated handling of timelines and paradoxes arranging the position of other genres which serve to save the day. There is the enemy of the star-crossed lovers present in this show with James and Cassie doomed by the time space continuum. One of the best examples of the racing time paradoxes for the benefit of the story concerns the inventor of the Time Machine, Katarina Jones (Barbara Sukowa). Although food and other crucial items are in short supply, Dr. John seems to have an unlimited cache of cigarettes fueled her habit of being consistently seen through a haze of tobacco smoke. To build the machine, it turns out that she collaborates with her future self in the past, a plot contrivance that usually completely rooms the believability and continuity of a story. In this instance adjust enhances the surrealistic nature of the show. Although Dr. Jones is quick to warn people about the rippling effect of changing the past, or attempts to save her daughter, a victim of the plague, result in the number of temporal abnormalities. Also become a one of the strongest seems to permeate the entire series is it is a tightly crafted terrifying tale of horror. The series has been renewed for its third season, and it is worth investing in a season pass.

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