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12 Monkeys: EP 13: Arms of Mine

12.1 This is it, the season one finale, and boy has it been quite a season!! The episode begins with a song montage checking in on each person: Cassie waking up with Cole, Jones reminicing over a locket with her daughter’s picture as more of the red vine ends up on the splinter machine, Ramse looking over Project Splinter files, and Jennifer painting the Army of the 12 Monkeys symbol on the wall of her newly acquired company.

We cut to Aaron, being beaten by Cole who is questioning him. Aaron blames Cole for everything that has happened. Cassie is there and asks Aaron who he is working with, but he only tries to convince her that they can survive if they leave Cole behind.

In 2043 Jones and Whitley are discussing the red vine, she believe it can’t be random. He volunteers to 12.2be the next subject for Project Splinter, but she believes it’s over. According to him, if it’s over then it’s time to move on, so either they keep at it, or go. Deacon is outside with the pale men and they are discussing how to take Project Splinter. If he helps them, he and his people get to take over the facility once the men are done with whatever it is they’re there to do with it.

In 2015 Aaron is finally coerced into telling Cole about the woman, Olivia and her plans. He doesn’t know much other than that they’re preparing for something, the coming of the 12, and that they have a facility ready to hide out in. During this, he is secretly using part of the chair he is sitting on to break the zip tie that is holding his hands together behind his back. He tells them the best way to find her is through Markridge, their biggest investor. Cassie and Cole start making plans on how to infiltrate Markridge, just as Aaron breaks from his bonds, hits Cole, and takes off. Cole chases him down and Aaron uses a makeshift flamethrower to set Cole on fire. This sets off a chain reaction of a struggle, chemicals spilled, and a shelf falling, that leaves Aaron pinned under the fallen shelf, on fire. Cole convinces Cassie to leave him.

12.3Later Cassie and Cole are in a diner and Cole is apologizing for making her leave Aaron, but she says it’s not his fault, Aaron  is the one that betrayed them, betrayed her. They make their plans for Markridge, which includes discovering Jennifer Goines is the new CEO. They clean up and head to a conference with Jennifer as the keynote speaker. Jennifer makes a presentation about her father before coming out to give a speech about capitalizing and all these buzz words before she switches back into crazy Jennifer and goes off the rails about restoring the extinct animals, including unicorns. Outside after the speech Cole gets her attention and she invites them back into her office. He says she was off her meds when they last spoke, and she just wanted to see everyone’s face when they realize she threw all their money away on cloning the Dodo bird. She mocks Cassie saying she talks too much before Cassie smacks her. She doesn’t have time for her crazy ramblings, and Jennifer gives them the name Ethan Seckie, stating he knows when to invest in things. It’s Ramse of course and Cole thanks her for her information before heading out. Right after she gets a call, and states to the unknown caller, “it’s done, he knows.”

Ramse has been looking into the Raritan facility, which is where Project Splinter began. If he destroys it, he will restore the timeline, and his time with his son. Olivia and Ramse talk about him going to the Raritan facility and that his entry into Project Splinter will expose them, but Ramse assures her it is time.

In 2043 Deacon and someone from Project Spearhead show up in a truck full of bats. 12.5They release them into Projet Splinter’s exhaust which overheats it. The noise alerts Whitley who states this it is, they’re coming.

At Project Splinter in 2015 scientists are successfully sending plants 28 years into the future (so that explains the vines in 2043) and mentions The Money showing up soon. He wants to start sending primates through.

Deacon and the pale men head into Project Splinter through an air vent and easily dispose of the first guard. Jones begins to prep the bomb that had been disabled before Ramse Splintered.

In 2015 Cole and Cassie make it to Raritan and plan to enter through an air vent (haha). At this time, Ramse is already there and enters the lab to speak with the scientist in charge. It is Dr. Jones, Katrina’s husband and he leaves Ramse alone with the machine, with full access.

12.6As Cole and Cassie are trying to get in, they have to split up due to an obstacle that isn’t there in the future. Cassie stumble upon a room with red time travel affected plants and flashes back to what Olivia had hypnotized her with about walking through a red forest. Cole makes it to the lab, where Ramse and another are prepping the machine. Ramse is surprised to see Cole, he thought he had killed him in Tokyo. Ramse explains that it took time travel to fund time travel and he just wants to go home to his son and work on a cure. Cole accuses Ramse of being willing to sacrifice 7 billion people to save one, and Ramse turns it around on him, saying he is doing the same thing for Cassie because he loves her and tells Cole to pull the trigger.

2043 and Jones admits she has failed. Deacon, the Spearhead guy, and the pale men enter the map room and take out the last remaining guard. As the core reboots Jones and Whitley stand nearby with a detonator. They have placed the bomb on the machine. Jones explains she has nothing to live for and the leader of the pale men state that they represent the future. She makes a deal stating that if he lets everyone go he can have the Core. She has given up on changing the past, all that matters is what happens in this time.

12.7 2015 and Cole is very disappointed in Ramse who admits he had a lot of guilt over thinking he killed him. Cassie comes in and pulls her gun on Ramse, calling him “The Witness” and Cole tries to convince her not to kill him. The man that is there with Ramse then pulls his gun on Cassie and we are in a standoff Cassie begins to lower her gun, changes her mind and shoots Ramse as the other man also shoots her leaving both her and Ramse bleeding out.

The standoff in 2043 is resolved a little easier as the hooded pale man agrees to the deal and disarms the remaining people at Project Splinter and lets them go.

2015 and Cassie was shot in the gut, she will die. Ramse slides the splinter injections over to Cole, saying that he needs to send her to Jones, that she will save Cassie but won’t save him and there is no sense in them both dying. Cole quickly injects Cassie, though she protests, places her on the machine and says he will see her soon. She doesn’t believe he will. Ramse asks Cole to find his son if he makes it back.

12.9At this time we see Olivia in her home as she in informed that the 12 are ready. We see they are 12 babies and the man tells her that in 28 years, they will be ready. This is right as we see the hooded pale man being handed the detonator in 2043 and he tells the others to make sure it is ready. Olivia states that the witness has spoken and when asked about Ramse she states that on this day, history will find Eli Seckie has died, his circle has ended and that Cole’s future is unknown to them. We see Cole escaping, but then goes back and rescues Ramse saying no one has to die.

2043 and the leader of the hooded pale men instructs Deacon to lock up Jones as they will need her. As he is walking her out, she states they will never see Cole again. Just then, the core lights up and Cassie appears.

2015 and we hear Olivia’s voice talking to the man from before, stating the release of the virus12.10 is out of their hands. A plane is shown and the flight attendant is talking to the passenger about the itinerary, how it is 12 cities around the world in just a few months. It is Jennifer Goines and she says she has work to finish. The last scene is 12 metal cases that say Markridge being loaded into the plane.

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12 Monkeys: EP 12: Paradox

We open in 2043 and there’s no sign of Cole’s tracer. Jones tells them to stop looking, that Cole survived the splinter, but they are abandoned, Cole is just a memory now.

1212015 in Manhattan we see a young Jones sitting with her father as she is trying to explain to him that she is interested in doing research in a US lab, though he doesn’t want her to waste her time. After she parts from him, she is stopped outside her home by Cassie who explains they have a mutual friend who is sick, dying, and needs her help. When Cassie can’t convince her to help Cole she uses a more forceful approach with a gun. That kind of persuasion usually works, and they go into Jones house where Cassie uses Jones’ research to convince her of what is going on. Back at Cassie’s place where Cole is being watched by Aaron, Cole awakes and asks where Cassie is but then seizes and foams at the mouth so Aaron calls Cassie to tell her Cole isn’t breathing and doesn’t have a pulse. She tells him to give Cole a epi shot, and while on the phone, Jones goes into the kitchen and gets a knife. At this, Cassie finally tells her that the future Jones sent Cole here, and now he is dying and needs her help.

Cole awakens to find he has been in and out of it a few days when in walks Cassie and young Jones, whom I will now be referring to as Katarina. At the sight of her he is blown away that she has always known him, and she suggests that perhaps his always and her always are not the same. (I see the name of the episode coming into play a lot) Katarina gets right to work requesting blood samples from him and heads upstairs while Cole tells Cassie he has basically given up.

In 2043 Jones tries to convince the other scientists to not give up, to keep researching the 12 Monkeys, Goines, Markridge, etc. During this research they find a new CEO was put in charge of Markridge in late 2015.

2015 in a Markridge conference room we see Jennifer Goines burst in with a “hostile takeover” as a 122majority shareholder in her father’s company. Back at Cassie’s, Katarina questions Cassie’s motives to help Cole, inferring he means more to her than she lets on. Cassie describes why she began to believe Cole, and the paradox that occurred with the watches. This gives Katarina an idea that using this time’s Cole, a 6 yr old boy, they can introduce a paradox into his system that will undo the damage from splintering. At this moment Aaron storms out and tells Cassie he isn’t interested in her quest to save Cole. He then make a call, probably to Olivia once Cassie leaves him and says he wants to make a deal. He is only interested in Cassie being saved. He meets her near the capitol and wants details about how to keep him and Cassie safe. It doesn’t matter if everyone else dies, as long as they’re ok.

123 Cassie and Katarina head to meet Cole’s father. On the way they discuss how to collect the sample of blood from young Cole, when Katarina gets sick and throws up, revealing she is pregnant, and has an appointment to abort as the father was married to her for 6 days before he left her. This must be the baby Hannah, as we see a small segment of Jones in 2043 going through a trunk of old baby things, and finds a card for the Northside Garage. This is the same garage Cassie and Katarina are headed to to meet Cole’s father Matthew. Cassie tells the man at the shop she is looking for Matthew Cole and that she if from the CDC and fears their family may be in danger of exposure. He tells them Matthew Cole ran the shop before, but is long gone. As they head back to the car they hear a swing, and go around the building to find young James Cole swinging.

At this discovery the man in the shop, Matthew apologizes, and says he must be careful due to James’ mother, who apparently was the paranoid one. Cassie decides to go with the truth and tells Matthew everything, to which he answers with a shotgun. Cassie mentions the 12 monkeys, and he seems to recognize this. He asks if Marion, James’ mother, told him about the army of the 12 monkeys, and that he needs to protect James from them. Cassie convinces him to come, meet Cole, look into his eyes. He agrees, and Cole gets yet another shock to the system at seeing his father.

We get a small glimpse into 2043 and some red leaves growing on the machine before we join 2015 124again and Cassie is drawing blood from James. Cole walks into the room and both he and James get headaches as Katarina warns him to keep his distance. Cole heads back out of the room and has a very touching conversation with his father who explains the brief encounter with Cole’s mother and how she left him with Matthew because she couldn’t protect him. Matthew goes outside to process everything and Cassie comes out to join him when she gets a call from Aaron, urging her to meet him around the corner in a parking lot. She goes and he tries to get her to go with him, saying that they’re going to win as the Pallid man shows up in another car. Cassie races back into the house, grabs James, Matthew locks the door and heads out with Katarina, leaving Cole inside with the injection of James’ blood. Outside Matthew tries to protect them and gets shot and killed by the Pallid man while James, Katarina, and Cassie leave in a car. Inside the apartment Cole has been waiting for him, and injects himself, forming the paradox. He 125lifts up into the air and explodes in a huge ball of light and energy, blowing away the Pallid man, his men and everything in the apartment…. (see what I mean by the title)

Cassie returns to find Cole, naked on the floor. He has survived the blast and is renewed. She explains that his father was killed, Katarina has his younger self, and Aaron was the one that told where they were. They leave James with child protective services and Katarina decides to stop smoking and keep her baby. Cole offers to tell Katarina everything, but she declines, stating it could be disastrous if she knew more than she already does. The paradox has destroyed his ability to travel though time, he lives here now. As they are leaving, Cole is playing in the yard of child services, when a slightly boy offers to show him around. His name is Jose. (Hello little Ramse)

We end in 2043, where they have figured out the plant on the machine is just regular English ivy, and Jones wants to know why it is red and growing on the machine. The other scientist states this plant grew in an environment with significantly higher greenhouse127 gas concentrations. Simply, it is not from their time. Just then the alarm bells start ringing and we see Whitley has arrived, with a severed head, stating “they’re coming” over and over.  Outside bodies are being laid out by incredibly pale men in black inquiring if the facility can for certain be accessed as the people inside are very important. Deacon assures him he can get them in.

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12 Monkeys: EP 11: Shonin

We pick up following Ramse’s splinter into 1987 in Tokyo, Japan. He is disorientated from the splinter, and is already around a corner when we see Cole splinter back to the same spot. He immediately begins looking for Ramse.

We are then taken to a club where a young Leland Goines is sitting the a Japanese man who bring out the “specimen.” It is the same corpse they have 12.2been trying to destroy this whole time. The price for it is $500,000, but Leland is not interested. He takes off to go to the bathroom when is he pinned against the wall by Cole. Cole asks him about the army of the 12 monkeys and the virus. This is how Leland learns the corpse contains a virus, and Cole tells him he is going to help him destroy it. Just then, Ramse tackles him and they begin fighting. The Japanese business man Nakano breaks up the fight with some gunfire and his bodyguards. Once separated, they throw a knife down between Cole and Ramse, and have them continue their fight. Ramse overpowers Cole, and stabs him in the stomach. Back in 2043 we see that they too are getting readings that Cole’s vitals are dropping. Now knowing about the virus, Leland buys the corpse for Nakano’s price.

Still in 1987, we see Ramse is in Japan in Fuchu Prison, and is being questioned by someone from the U.S. Embassy. They need a social security number or I.D. to prove he is a U.S. citizen, but of course he has none. Because of this, there is nothing 12.3they can do, and he is going to be spending time in prison for stabbing Cole. A year later, out in the prison yard he is beaten, and is still bleeding pretty badly back in his cell when he receives a letter from an unknown person named Olivia who knows exactly who he is. He begins receiving similar letters each year as time passes. She encourages him not to fight back against his tormentor, but that he will understand in time. She sends him a couple books and tells him to write down the future as he knows it. In 1992, his tormentor comes to him again, and he tells the entire yard that he works for the guards, and that he is the snitch. With that he tells him he has killed him, without even lifting a finger. Finally, in 1995 he receives a letter indicating he has become the man they need him to be, along with his belongings, fake identification, and the necklace Jennifer Goines gave him in the future.

He is driven by limo to a large house in Virginia. He is greeted by Olivia and the Pallid man. Olivia takes the necklace Ramse has, and the identical one from this time the Pallid man is wearing, and places them 12.4together on a podium. This creates a paradox which turns all the green plants nearby to red, like the plant in the bar in the last episode.

We jump sixteen years later and Ramse is still working for Olivia. They go to investigate a company called Markridge, and meet with Leland Goines. Ramse introduces himself as Ethan Seckie. As Leland is leaving, he questions Ramse if they’ve met before, around 1987 in Tokyo. Leland must leave suddenly to check on Jennifer who is repeating that everything’s changing. In 2013, we catch up to them searching for the scientist who knows the whereabouts of the night room. Ramse gives the information about Cole, stating he will return to 2015 to meet Jennifer.

2014 and we catch up again to the mental hospital where Jennifer is being held. Leland visits her, and she believes he is there to get her out, but he is not. He is only there to warn her not to tell any of their secrets. He mentions moving the M-510 out of the Night Room for fear she will tell someone. She frantically draws the symbol of the 12 monkeys on the walls.

We finally catch up to 2015 and the meeting of Leland and Cole, where he told Cole of their meeting in 1987, and Cole kills him. We can now see the other side to the earlier events in the series, and Olivia tells the Pallid man that the period of interference must be maintained. We see her meet with Aaron, and afterward gets into a car with Ramse who tells her she cannot kill Cassie because she needs to leave the message. He assures her that Cole is not a problem because he killed him when he jumped in 1987. Olivia has a working virus now.

Aaron comes home to Cassie who is watching an announcement that Royce will run for presidency. 12.5Aaron tells her he was vetter and fired due to her and his involvement in Chechnya. He is drunk and he begins talking about how they know the virus is coming, that everyone is going to be dead, and they can go hide out somewhere. Cassie believes there is still hope, but Aaron says Cole may very well be dead too. She convinces Aaron to return to Royce, and stay on him.

He does return, and asks him about a project he is working on in the private sector of a selected survivor protocol. Royce tells him a private investor is on the way in, and he will meet with them to discuss it. The investor is of course Olivia.

Back at Olivia’s headquarters, she is keeping Jennifer after having taken her last, and tells her they 12.7have a lot in common. She speaks softly to her about her mother also, and offers her protection. That she can be a daughter again. Outside the room, the Pallid man tells Ramse that Olivia is securing his future.

We finally make it back to 2043 where Jones is seeing Cole’s
vitals drop in 1987 and she states she wants to try and get him back to 2015 one last time. Just before he is about to be executed, he splinters. Whitley goes to have a drink with Jones, stating that this is the end due to having lost the tether to Cole. She believes it is just a minor setback but he and a few others don’t see it that way. Jones refuses to leave Project Splinter. Her future lies there.

We leave off in 2015, as Cassie returns home to find blood all over her floors. She sees Cole there, 12.9injured from the stabbing. Now he knows why they have always been a step ahead of him and her. Ramse is The Witness.

 

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12 monkeys: EP10: Divine Move

12.1This episode begins in 2043 with a scientist stating the new core is up and running and Cole is successfully back in 2015. This is when Ramse riffles through a locker and steals vials with syringes before knocking the scientist out. He then proceeds to pour gasoline all over everything, all the information they have and set it on fire.

Back in 2015, Cassie and Aaron are celebrating, believing they destroyed the virus and the outbreak, planning adventures to have together and getting very “friendly” when they are rudely interrupted by someone breaking in, That someone is Cole. Aaron is in disbelief, that he can’t be here because he was supposed to no longer exists, but Cole has to explain that they did not succeed like they had thought. Cole and Cassie come to the conclusion that 12.2Peters is who must now be responsible for the outbreak and decide to pay him a visit. On the way it is clear splintering is taking it’s toll and Cole briefly mentions his concerns about Ramse.

When they get to Peter’s office they find a dead body, but it is not Peters, it is his husband. They manage to find Peters secret journal, which contains the recipe for the plague. They reconvene at a bar to discuss and find notes about 1987, Tokyo and the White Dragon. Cole knows he is supposed to visit Goins in 1987 at some point but Cassie appears to have given up.. She knows the splintering is killing him and doesn’t know how much longer he can last, despite his trying to tell her he will be fine. When he splinters back, the plant that was near turns from green to red.

12.4Back in 2043, Cole tells Jones about Tokyo and 1987, but she just leads him to the room where Ramse torched everything where he then passes out. Ramse makes his way to a camp where Elena is hunkered down with the others from Spearhead and Ramse tells her all he burned and stole and about the syringes. Their biggest concern at this point is their child, protecting him, which includes making sure the past isn’t altered so he is born.

The alarms are raised at the camp and Ramse goes to see who it is. It is not the people from Project Splinter,  but a group of nomads that call themselves The Daughters. The believe men are responsible for the plague and are a traveling group of all women. On the side of their caravan, Ramse notices the symbol of the 12 monkeys. Of course.

12.5Meanwhile, Cassie is looking for animals to test the plague on, which are none other than monkeys. Cole’s condition is getting worse and must undergo a reconditioning system. Cole explains to her that Ramse is just trying to save his family and has her promise not to harm him. With this, she sends Whitley to retrieve the injections, and makes it clear to him that is he must choose between Ramse and the injections, that the injections win.

Ramse sneaks over to The Daughters camp and explains while being held at gunpoint that he knows that symbol, that it is from before, from the army of the 12 monkeys. A woman steps out of the caravan and states that 12 is not a primary….. Jennifer Goins!!

Aaron and Cassie continue to argue about her involvement in everything, especially since she seems to die in different outcomes and he’d rather she stay alive. She of course asks him to keep helping her. Cole is being reconditioned and hopefully he will be less sick from the splintering so Cassie can focus on the task at hand rather than his health.

12.7Ramse is having a chit-chat with Jennifer, who states “There’s no monkeys here. We’re the daughters of mothers, and midnight, and fathers. It’s all out of order, but there’s still time for you and me, we have work to finish. Undo what I’ve done, you’ve done, what Cole’s done.” She also states that the plague cannot be stopped and the only person who really know who started it is “The Witness.” She gives Ramse a small amulet and tells him he is a good friend but not yet. He will be. Something will change things for him. At this point we see Whitley infiltrating the encampment looking for the syringes. Elena tries to stop him and is accidentally shot by one of the soldiers who was aiming at a man that was threatening them with a hatchet. Whitley shoots the soldier, but it is too late. Elena is dead. Ramse arrives to find her laid out with Sam sitting next to her.

Ramse tries to explain to Sam what has happened to his mother and that he is not alone. He is with him, but needs to take care of something first. He hugs him, grabs the box of vials and takes off.

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Back in 2015, Cassie has tracked the monkeys to a shipping yard. They are the perfect test subjects, so if she can get to them first there will be nothing to test on. She finds the rusted container and inside is not the monkeys but Peters. She slowly enters the container, which has a terrible foul odor and Peters explains he remade the virus in order to save his husband. She explains that he is already dead and Peters begs for her to end his life, to which she cannot and tells him to disappear. Aaron, who was searching elsewhere in the shipping yard comes across a woman stating they haven’t met and that Cassie is very important to Aaron and them, wanting to know what he is willing to do the keep her alive.

Ramse returns the syringes, alone, but wants to speak with Jones to ensure she leaves him and his son alone. Whitley apologizes about Elena and Ramse pulls a gun, shooting the other three soldiers, killing them. He tells Whitley that he knows her death wasn’t his fault, and because he shot the soldier that killed her, he lets him live with just a hit to the head to knock him out. Ramse sets the security. Jones says to have Cole revived, and sent back to 1987 right away. Jones tries sealing the core room, but Ramse makes it in, killing her security. He is determined to blow up the core and begins placing charges on it.

12.9Max comes in and tries to explain that she wants the same thing he does, a better life. He does not want them to take his son, that maybe isn’t good enough, his son is the future. Max manages to grab a weapon and Ramse shoots her, not killing her though. It is enough time for Jones to grab the bomb and escape the core room, locking him in it. Jones tells Ramse to give up, but he says he promised his son he would protect him and injects himself with the splinter serum. Cole arrives outside and tries to stop Ramse, but it is too late, he makes the only surviving scientist left in the room send him back.

Cassie and Aaron end the episode in the bar discussing all that has happened so far. Aaron states that he understands why Peters did what he did. In the end the one person you love is all that matters. She disagrees.

Jones has no idea when Ramse went to and without tracers in his blood it is a one-way trip. 1987 is the end game and Cole has only this last jump. She tells Cole that he will try and stop him in the past; to which Cole replies “and when he does, I’m going to kill him.”

We see Ramse, arrive in the past, disorientated.

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12 Monkeys: Episode 8: Yesterday

mon1We pick up directly following the end of last weeks episode in the year 2043 with Jones locking onto Cole to attempt to bring him back. They have come to the conclusion that the interception of the virus in 2015 in Chechnya did not stop the 12 monkeys or the spread of the virus since they are all still in their same state of affairs. When they attempt to bring Cole back, the machine’s stabilizer manifold malfunctions and Jones tells them to shut it down.

In order to bring Cole back they need to get a new manifold and the only place that has one is revealed to be Spearhead, where Jones and her people were before they came to Project Splinter. She tasks Whitley and Ramse to go retrieve the other manifold despite their mutual extreme dislike for each other; because he was there with her and would know the location and how to retrieve it, and Ramsay because he is the only other person as determined as she is to bring Cole back.

mon2Back in 2015 Cassie is very distraught still over Cole’s death and Aaron suggests having someone go and try to collect his body for closure. Cut to the demolished bunker and we see Cole jolt awake. Hold on, what is this? Cole is alive??!! He survived the missile strike with some cuts and scrapes, and that pesky little bullet still in his leg which he has to pry out.

Cassie and Aaron question Senator Royce about Cole’s body and are told nothing was found of him. That Wexler and his men were pulled out of the rubble, but nothing was found of Cole. She then convinces him to allow her to go see for herself under the guise of the CDC just checking it out to clear it of any potential threat.

mon5Cole hears voices from the ground above him and and finds it is a girl and her father. They want to know what happened and if anyone knows he is there. At this point I think he definitely needs to say yes, that someone does know he is there because I just don’t trust strange voices around a pile of rubble in a foreign land, but maybe that’s just me.

Whitley and Ramse get to Spearhead and are taken to speak with Col. Foster, the head of the project. He is shocked to find that Jones managed to successfully send someone back in time, but quickly dismisses it as being an answer to their problems as nothing has changed as a result of time travel. Instead, he is more focused on creating a cure for those that still live, one that will combat the virus and any possible mutation it could ever undergo. Looks like he isn’t eager to help them or hand over the manifold.

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Ramse gets a complete shock as he is headed down a hallway in Spearhead and sees Elena, whom he was(is) in love with. She disappeared 5 years ago when they were running from the West Seven. She thought he was dead and after some traveling, joined Spearhead and became a lab tech. Then comes the predictable revelation that she now has a son, one who is, you guessed it, 5 years old. Ramsay meet Sam,Sam meet Ramsay. Awkward omg that’s my kid moment.

mon6Cole convinces the people from above to help him move a large beam that he can’t move on his own in order for him to get out just at the same time as Jones decides to try and retrieve him without having fixed the Manifold. They fire up the core and it pretty much explodes before being able to pull Cole from the past, leaving him there having also been unsuccessful in moving the beam. The tether to Cole will only last another 48 hours max with the facility now on backup generators due to the core explosion. Cole is told that the girl’s father went to get help, and after a bit of conversation he hears her begin to cough. This isn’t good, perhaps the virus managed to get out to the surrounding area during the strike and this girl is infected. Cole requests she get in touch with his doctor friend when he realizes that she may be infected. She assures him help is on the way.

Ramse meanwhile learns that Sam doesn’t know anything about him, his father, and decides to spend a little time with him bonding. Touching father/son moment is interrupted by Whitley who informs him some stuff is about to go down. By that he means Jones is standing at Spearhead’s front door.

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Jones joins Foster for dinner along with Whitley and Ramse and basically demands he give her his entire core to bring Cole back. Foster considers this, and agrees to only do it if she is willing to come back and help him work on the cure once Cole is back. She of course refuses since she does not believe in a cure and demands proof of his “hope,” his cure. He in turn asks for her proof, to which she provides a pristine photo of him and his now deceased wife from their wedding. Oh, so now it’s time to talk in private.

mon8Jones reveals that Cole brought her the photographs from one of his trips to the past, but Foster is in denial still, convinced she just had them reprinted. He so strongly does not believe the answer lies in the past that he burns the photos and tell Jones he would tell not only his wife, but her daughter that he does not believe in resurrecting the past to which Jones slaps him.

Cassie has since arrived in Chechnya after getting Aarons blessing, seems like they are back together, and asks a cab driver to take her to the rubble site. He states the Russian military have it all locked down, but she bribes him to take her as close as he can get her.

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Ramse has a touching moment with Elaine before he, Whitely, and Jones head back to Project Splinter. I must say, there are quite a lot of “touching moments” in this week’s episode. Ramse and Whitley are convinced Foster has it all figured out, they have been won over by the clean, well maintained facility and are relaying the info back to the people at Project Splinter. Jones then bursts their bubble, letting them know Foster is lying to keep his people in check. That the only cure he found was to the virus strain from 2033, a strain that has since died out. He cured a dead strain. Their only option now: steal the core from Foster.

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Cassie makes it to the area that’s locked down and bribes the guard to allow her to pass. Simultaneously the girl informs Cole he is saved, that they are here to get him out. The beam is pulled and a harness is lowered to pull him up out of the demolished bunker. As Cole is lifted out you see Cassie walk into view and she looks at the spot where the bunker was. Hold on, where’s Cole?

It’s the exact same spot he is being lifted from, what’s going on? Cassie phones Aaron, letting him know Cole isn’t there, that he did it, he saved the future, it’s over. So where(when) is Cole? He asks the girl about the virus when he emerges, she and everyone else has face masks on, and she informs him there has been a plague, all over the world. It is 2017. When they tried to pull him back the first time, when the stabilizer manifold first malfunctioned, he jumped two years so we have been seeing him in 2017, not 2015 as we thought. mon13Cole walks out over some rocks and is greeted by the sight of mass graves,hundreds are dead, thousands worldwide.

 

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer #3

Marvel just released the third official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron!

In other news, Marvel fans everywhere are lamenting the fact that they cannot create a time machine to travel to May 1st. Who needs March and April, anyways?

Check out the trailer below:

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12 Monkeys Recap: Ep 7: The Keys

This week opens in 2015, at the C.I.A. headquarters in Langley, VA where a group of senators are discussing the origin of the virus and it’s relation to Operation Troy. Essentially they extracted the virus from the corpse found in the Himalayas and weaponized it, manipulating it’s DNA to speed up the rate of infection to death in the hopes that when it is deployed the subjects that are infected do not have time to reach higher population areas. Based on the premise of the show we all know this is very wishful thinking.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_04Cassie is still afflicted by flashes from when she was drugged in the greenhouse and her mind was manipulated and Cole is really beginning to look ragged from his splinters. She does however have some info on the picture Cole stole from the greenhouse and hey track down Edward Garrett, PhD for his expertise on the artifact in the photo. They decide to attend an artifact exhibit in hopes of finding out more. Once at the exhibit, Cole is distracted by the beauty of the art in the museum, the taste of the food being offered, the things he never was able to enjoy in his time. With his inevitable demise lingering, he is wanting to savor all the things he wouldn’t get to do normally, including a dance with Cassie while they exchange slightly awkward compliments. This is cut short with the spotting of Dr. Garrett whom Cassie and Cole then take turns interrogating in their own unique ways.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_07Dr. Garrett didn’t have much info on the photo other than it is from Chechnya, which is also where the hacker Wexler is hiding out as he spills the C.I.A.’s secrets. Could it be that the C.I.A. is planning to use the virus in Chechnya to kill Wexler? Yeah, that’s exactly it. Cole then splinters out, stating he will be back in a week.

Later that night Cassie receives a call from Cole. Whaaaat?!? Oh yea, he is in Chechnya. And has the virus. And is being shot at. Welcome to time travel.  When then get to see how he came to be in possession of the virus in that Cassie and Aaron told him where the virus would be when he splintered back in a week. Are we following this? Ok. So Cole does some “007” work and gets the briefcase with the virus, but gets captured and taken to the shack where Wexler is hiding. Of course he tells him the briefcase has a virus in it, and of course he doesn’t believe it and opens it anyway. Oh look, now you’re all infected as the virus sprays out of the tube that is in the briefcase.

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Meanwhile Cassie and Aaron head to the C.I.A. to try and get some help, letting them know this virus will not stay confined like they had hoped, but will cause a global pandemic. The men helping Wexler decide to turn on him and call in the Russian troops to take them to a medical facility in exchange for Wexler, since they are all quickly getting very ill and dying. Cole convinces Wexler to do the right thing and not let them leave, that starting over with the human race is not the answer he thinks it would be. Shots are fired, the nationals end up being killed but Wexler and Cole are both shot in the process.

12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_19Cole calls Cassie again who has by now convinced the C.I.A. that she knows what she is talking about and they quickly come up with a plan to stop the Russians from reaching Wexler and spreading the virus. Their great plan is to just bomb the entire area, and Cole has to stay there on the sat. phone with Cassie while they hone in on his position. My problem here is that he could easily leave the sat phone on and leave, he is immune, so is not infected. Or how about just splintering back before the bomb hits? I know that in his mind this is it, that once this bomb hits the virus is destroyed and the future will have been rewritten and all that jazz. But this causes Cassie to face the reality of him essentially dying, which is a lot harder for her to deal with than if she thought he was just going back from whence he came. Before the bomb hits, he tells her she cannot tell him anything when he visits her in a week, because that is the Cole from his past, not the current Cole and if she says anything to change this, the virus will not be destroyed. So not only does she now have to accept that this person she cares for has died but she has to not warn him that he will die. Essentially he dies twice for her.
12Monkeys_gallery_107Recap_21When he does come back things play out as they should, with her visibly upset, but unable to really indicate why. This is also when you learn the significance of the episode’s title: The Keys Its meaning is in the Florida Keys, a place he always wished as a kid to be able to run away to. The episode ends with a very simple “Goodbye.”

 

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 Review

Chronos Commandos Dawn Patrol #1 coverIssue Number: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Written and Illustrated by: Stuart Jennett

There is a huge dinosaur and some army guys on the cover, and by the looks of it, Nazis are hiding somewhere. At least that is the feeling you get when you first pick up Chronos Commandos. Open up further, and wait, is that Albert Einstein with a machine gun? Yes, indeed it is. This issue is packed with a lot of flashy action, bright artistry, and a really insane time-travel plot, but there is just so much going on that it is really hard to keep up. Thank goodness there is a lengthy prologue paragraph to explain everything before you get too far into the book.

With all that is going on at once, the character development has been left up to the reader to fill in with familiar archetypes such as a brash rough-around-the-edge commanding officer affectionately called “Sarge”.  Then of course add in the super smart scientist Albert Einstein, who is just crazy enough to hang with Sarge, and you have Stargate during World War II with dinosaurs. Or maybe its the Dirty Dozen with Albert Einstein and dinosaurs trying to kill Hitler while they travel through time? All of this being thrown at the reader in the first issue, and it is hard to tell whether or not the familiarity is a welcome distraction.

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However, the artwork is really good. The detail that went into creating the dinosaurs makes them leap off the page, and truly come to life in the imagination. The backgrounds are so well designed that they make you wish that Jennett had put that much effort into his character creation. To go along with the nondescript human facial features, and entire squad under Sarge’s command is obliterated in the first 4 pages. There isn’t much value placed on human life in this comic, at least judging from Sarge’s hardened battle worn attitude towards their deaths when Einstein asks what happened to the rest of the squad.

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Despite all of this, Chronos Commandos is worth the read, if just for the artwork alone. However, there is the hint that there is another larger story brewing behind the flashy action sequences when you get to the appearance of the Nazi’s,  the pages of redacted memos that discuss genetic mutations, and the Chronosphere Core itself that is at the heart of project Watchmaker. Also, if you just like seeing dinosaurs eat up a bunch of military men then yes, this is the comic for you.

 

 

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