Jan. 16, 2015
Returning Series
60 min.
SyFy TV Network

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12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of Cole, 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.

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  • Based on the movie of the same title. Starring Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeleine Stowe
  • Bruce Willis was shortly in talks to do a guest spot. But was never confirmed.
  • Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean and Xander Berkeley all previously stared together on the popular series Nikita (2010)
  • The Psychiatric Center that Jennifer is placed in is called "J.D. Peoples Psychiatric Treatment Center", named after the writers of the 12 Monkeys film, Janet and David Peoples.
  • The show, much like its film counterpart, is based on the short film "La jetée" (1962). This film also served as an influence on films such as The Terminator (1984) and The Jacket (2005)
  • In the opening medical speech the mural is Diego Rivera's mural in the Detroit Institute of Art.
  • Florida and Key West are mentioned several times during the show, most likely as a throwback to the movie, where the locations play an important part.
  • SPOILER: When the character Jennifer Goines, the show's gender-flipped counterpart for Brad Pitt's role in the film, is introduced in the asylum, she is wearing the same yellow sweatshirt as he did.
  • SPOILER: At the end of the movie Cole is wearing a tiger patterned shirt which is also seen in the show on episode 3 "Cassandra Complex".
  • SPOILER: When Jennifer splintered back to World War 1, it was a reference to the 1995 film in which Cole (Bruce Willis) landed in the midst of a World War 1 battle.
  • Madeleine Stowe, who played Kathryn Railly in Twelve Monkeys (1995) does a cameo in Season 2
  • In the 1995 movie, "12 Monkeys" the main title song used for the film was by Astor Piaazzola called Suite Punta Del Este. This same song can be heard in the episode, "Hyena" which is in season 2, episode 9.
  • Amanda Schull plays Dr. Cassandra Railly. (In the movie Twelve Monkeys, the character was called Dr. Kathryn Railly.) In Greek mythology, Apollo gave Cassandra the power of prophecy in order to seduce her. When she refused him, he added a curse of never being believed. Like her namesake, Dr. Cassandra Railly knows the future, but nobody believes her.
  • The episodes original title was to be called "Splinter".
  • At the end of this episode you will see the J.D. Peoples Psychiatric Treatment Center where Jennifer resides. The name J.D. peoples refers to Janet and David Peoples, who wrote the screenplay for the original film ' 12 Monkeys '.
  • The asylum is called J. D. Peoples. Two of the writers for the movie "12 Monkeys" were Janet and David Peoples.
  • Jennifer Goines wears the same sweater in this episode that Brad Pitt wore in the original movie Twelve Monkeys.
  • The claymation clip that's playing in the J.D. Peoples Mental Institution is 'The Mysterious Stranger' sequence from the 1985 film 'The Adventures of Mark Twain'.
  • The shirt Cole wears in this episode is very similar to the shirt Cole (Bruce Willis) dies in.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: during the shoot out when one of the seven members is shot
  • "Atari", in the Japanese game of Go, is roughly equivalent to a "check" in chess. Hence, when Ramse was cornered by Deacon's men, he said over the radio that he was "in atari".
  • Aaron Stanford and fellow actor Noah Bean also acted together on the TV show Nikita with Maggie Q.
  • The character Adam Wexler represents CIA whilseblower Edward Snowden.
  • In the movie "Twelve Monkeys" they mention the Florida Keys in the car when cole kidnapps her.
  • When Cole and Dr. Railley are sitting in the bar just after getting the journal, Cole plays "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult. on the jukebox. Also played at the beginning of "The Stand", another plague-related story.
  • The opening recap of Season 1 is narrated by Madeline Stowe, who portrayed Dr. Kathryn Railly in the 1995 movie version.
  • During the party the theme song to Monty Python's Flying Circus is played. A possible ode to Terry Gilliam, director of the original movie and member of Monty Python's.
  • There is no Oak Ridge Terrace in Jersey City, NJ
  • Jennifer's 2016 look, her freeing of the "hyenas," and the use of Paul Buckmaster's theme at Hyena HQ are all references to the original film.
  • When Jennifer says, help is needed at the Nakatomi tower James says, "What does that mean?" Jennifer replies, "It means McClane." Also known as Die Hard. Also Bruce Willis played not only John McClane in Die Hard he also played James Cole in the original Twelve Monkeys movie.

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