12 monkeys is written by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett who wrote the middling TV series Terra Nova, produced by Natalie Chaidez of the middling TV seriesV (2009) and The Sarah Connor Chronicles, directed by Jeffrey Reiner of the middling TV series The Event. All these series have a lot in common: their pilot episode showed great promise, but their subsequent episodes failed to deliver on that promise and were often critically panned as the viewer ratings slowly sagged.
The pilot "follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race." The idea of eradicating the source of the plague in the past contradicts the ideas and themes set in the film the series is based on.
Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) catches an infiltrator to the facility that houses a team trying to protect humanity from extinction after humanity's been forced to live underground by the spread of a deadly disease. Ramse belong to a team who lives in the facility and, with the help of scientists that they don't fully trust, they travel through time by use of injections that "splinter" their consciousness.
Cole (Aaron Stanford) is a leader of a gang who lives on the surface. He is captured by Ramse's team. He is genetically engineered and sent to the past, where he kills Doctor Goines.
The original film had everything predetermined and immutable. Time couldn't be changed, there was no need at all to explain "temporal anomalies", "tachyon fields", "quantum fluctuations" or any technical or pseudotechnical term, since the fixed, unchanging sequence of events required no explanation. The TV series immediately piles on genetic engineering, quantum computing, temporal causality theories, and other assorted Hollywood "science" to explain their unexplainable premise that time travelers can change time and cause themselves to cease to exist.
On March 12, 2015, Syfy renewed 12 Monkeys for a second season, which will air in 2016.
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