There’s the occasional cliche, some flat acting, and too little tension at times, but SyFy’s serialization of the classic “12 Monkeys” film (1998) isn’t as bad as we all feared. I watched the first two episodes via the network’s website, and it at least held my attention. It’s a suitably dark show with at least one nice twist, and it’s got an obvious reverence for its source material.
As much as I love Aaron Stanford, the protagonists are outshined here by the scenery-chewing Emily Hampshire and the always incredible Tom Noonan. (Does anyone else remember when he was a horrible, horrible vacuum cleaner salesman in “The X-Files?”)
With a plot so reliant on twists and details and surprises, I can only imagine how hard it might be to turn into a tv show.
I’m going to give this show a chance.
The first two eps can be found here: