12 Monkeys S01 E12: Paradox


Holy monkeys in a red forest! I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from last week’s episode of “12 Monkeys.” Time travel may not be an exact science, but it can sure as hell mess up a good friendship. Ramse has joined the bad guys and Cole is dying from one too many hops on the time train. Will Cassie be able to save him? Is there a doctor in the house?


What exactly do you do when your time machine goes on the blitz? Jones tells Dr. Adler that Cole is stuck in 2015 and that they have to start all over again. Poor Dr. Adler and the rest of Jones’ employees think she is nuts, but she gets them to review all the information. This part is pretty neat because Jones has the staff going through all the stuff on the wall. This wall is real and, if you go onto the “12 Monkeys” site, you can click on this wall and find some clues. Oh, and if you’re wondering about Jones, she’s just as bossy in the past.


While my favorite fruit cake, Jennifer Goines, takes over the Markridge Corporation, Cassie goes looking for the only person who can save Cole. It was fun watching Barbara Sukowa playing both old and young Jones. Young Jones likes her cigarettes and she ain’t going back home to Berlin with daddy. She’s on a mission, but young Jones is not a happy camper. She is going through a divorce. Her husband left her after only six days and she’s pregnant.


How would you convince someone that you had information about the future? That a man from the future was at your house? You could wave a gun at them. When the gun doesn’t work, Cassie shows young Dr. Jones her future research papers. Now, this is where it gets confusing and, Cole isn’t the only one surprised that Jones already knew him. Why didn’t future Jones reveal this little fact to Cole earlier in the season? What else is she keeping secret? Jones tells Cassie that they need to get a sample of Cole’s blood before he was splintered.

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Future Jones has a keepsake box in the year 2043 and, mixed in with her daughter’s baby blanket, is a business card for a garage. There is only one way that she could have gotten this card. Jump back to 2015 and we find Cassie and young Jones visiting a garage where we meet Cole’s dad, Matthew (Patrick Garrow) and five year old Cole (Jack Fulton). Matthew knows something about the Army of the 12 Monkeys from Cole’s mysterious and absent mother, Marion.


Damn! Just when I thought Aaron was one of the good guys, he switches teams. He tells Striking Woman where all the Coles are staying. He brings Pallid man with him and that earns him a punch in the nose from Cassie.

What if your adult child came back from the future to tell you that the world as you knew it, no longer existed; that everyone would die; that you would die because of a pandemic and, while he is telling you this, his younger self is in the kitchen drinking milk. What information would he bring back to stop this pandemic? Would you listen, maybe change things if you could save the millions of people slated to die?

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Matthew never had that father and son talk. He was killed by Pallid Man while protecting young Cole. Adult Cole was saved because of his younger self’s blood donation, but he’s stuck in the year 2015. Little Cole is placed in an orphanage. I’m surprised they didn’t change this part of Cole’s past. When Cole tries to update young Dr. Jones on everything he knows about the future, she stops him. Why? She doesn’t want to mess up the future any more than it is? Jones, baby, the future is more messed up than you realize.


Red English Ivy is growing on the time machine. Dr. Adler tells future Jones that it’s from a different time. Outside the facility is a new enemy. Deacon is with them. They look a lot like the Castithans from that other Syfy series, “Defiance.” Now what?

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The writing on this show is phenomenal, but paradoxes are not easy to understand. You’re left with questions that can’t be explained. Since Cole is stuck in the past with the young Dr. Jones, I’m wondering if the writers will have them solve the mystery of Cole’s mother, her identity and how she knew about the Army of the 12 Monkeys. They didn’t in tonight’s episode. Maybe we should forget the past and the future and deal with the present.

See you next week, my fine splintered friends. I’ll be the same old me.

3 Replies to “12 Monkeys S01 E12: Paradox”

  1. Perhaps that business card wasn’t in the box until the younger Dr Jones picked it up at the garage. Are older Dr Jones’ memories being rewritten as younger Dr Jones changes her history?

    1. This is a possibility and, maybe we’ll find out on the season finale. I am enjoying how the writers are doing this version of time travel. Thank you for your support of Biff Bam Pop.

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