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Syfy premieres its brand new series 12 Monkeys tonight, with the pilot episode airing at 9 Pm Et. Last week, the network debuted the first nine minutes of the series, and, as it turns out, that extended clip was just the first part of a five-part preview, and we have the additional four clips for you to check out right here, before the series premiere.
Inspired by the classic blockbuster, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler (Aaron Stanford) from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series also stars Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly and Emily Hampshire as mental patient Jennifer Goines.
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Syfy’s new time-traveling thriller 12 Monkeys will quickly differentiate itself from the 1995 film on which it is based by actually giving hope for the future. The series stars Nikita’s Aaron Stanford as time traveler James Cole, who hails from a decimated future and journeys back to present day in a bid to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will pretty much annihilate the human race in 2017. The catalyst for heading to the past comes after a team of scientists uncovers a message from virologist Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) seemingly warning them that Dr. Leland »
- Natalie Abrams
That’s about as far as similarities go. “The film is the inspiration for the show. The show is its own thing,” Aaron Stanford told TheWrap . “It becomes a different experience quickly.”
On the show, Cole (Stanford) — based on Willis’s character from the film — is surviving an apocalyptic world when he crosses paths with more survivors. Backed by a scientist and virologist, »
- Alicia Banks
Time travel remains an alluring concept, as do titles with name recognition, even if they’re of the cultish variety. So Syfy has reached 20 years into the historical grab bag for “12 Monkeys,” reprising the Terry Gilliam film that was as intriguing as it was at times incomprehensible. Aaron Stanford slides into the Bruce Willis role as James Cole, a man sent back from 2043 to prevent the outbreak of a 2017 plague that decimated the Earth’s population. That gives him a couple years to accomplish his mission — more time than the series might have to find its creative equilibrium.
Obviously, “The Terminator” franchise (also transformed into a series) sort of set the popular standard in terms of permutations on the idea of trying to alter a dystopian future, and as always, the less serious thought one gives to the existential intricacies, the better.
Suffice it to say Cole visits what amounts to approximately the present, »
- Brian Lowry
Syfy has shared the first nine minutes from the pilot of 12 Monkeys, the TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam's landmark 1995 sci-fi film. The episode will premiere in full on Friday, January 16th, at 9 p.m.
The preview begins in the year 2043, with the scraggly James Cole (Aaron Stanford) navigating a post-apocalyptic wasteland before time-traveling back to 2013. In that year, virologist Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) delivers a lecture to a group of doctors about preparing for future pandemics before she's kidnapped by Cole, who questions her about a mysterious man named »
With the pilot episode debuting in less than two weeks, Syfy has released the first 9 minutes of 12 Monkeys. The sci-fi series is based on director Terry Gilliam's movie 12 Monkeys, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of its initial release in theaters today. Aaron Stanford stars as James Cole, the role originally portrayed by Bruce Willis, a soldier sent back in time to save the future.
Inspired by the classic blockbuster, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series also stars Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly (originally played by Madeleine Stowe) and Emily Hampshire as mental patient Jennifer Goines, »
The trailers for Syfy’s 12 Monkeys are solid enough, but they certainly don’t prove that we need a small screen rendition of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film. However, the first nine minutes of the show just surfaced and while there are a few hiccups here and there, the material is far more captivating than I expected. Aaron Stanford leads as James Cole, a man from the post-apocalyptic future who must go back in time to stop a deadly plague and save billions of lives. Stanford turned Birkhoff into one of Nikita’s strongest characters over the course of the show’s four-season run so I’m thrilled to see him headlining 12 Monkeys, and based on his performance in these first few minutes, he really deserved the opportunity. Hit the jump to check out the first nine minutes of the 12 Monkeys TV show. The series premieres at 9pm on January 16th and also stars Amanda Schull, »
- Perri Nemiroff
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