I am glad the writers did not draw out the misleading Aaron/Witness reveal.
Now, the real question is how are the Witness and Cassie connected? 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 6 did a great job of tying up a few loose ends, while setting up a ton of new mysteries. How do these writers not run out of ideas? They're brilliant.
This wasn't one of my favorite adventures, but it was engaging enough.
Man, that storm in 2044 was looking bad. Obviously Kyle Slade would not be paradoxed by the Messengers, as we're only half way through the season. However, I still find myself fearing for old Jennifer and wondering if ultimately 2044 will be devoured by the temporal anomalies when she dies.
Would that make for an epic cliffhanger, or what? That said, the show's live ratings are pretty low this season and fans would never get any closure if the show were not to continue. Where the heck did all the fans from last season go?
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting twist that Slade turned out to be a serial killer. It stands to reason that someone like Jennifer, in this case a Vietnam vet Primary, would snap and start killing people. I loved how Jones subtly hinted that Cole should take the guy out, while preventing his paradox.
Tracking down the Immortal's final victim was a great place to start. It was a trip to learn later on that Kyle had set things in motion with this vile act. This installment was a wonderful example of a mini-movie within the world of 12 Monkeys. Even the colors screamed 70s!
Ramse going along for the ride was just perfect. Buddy road trip time.
Cole: So I splinter in before he finds Victoria.
Ramse: Follow her to Slade. Wait till the Messengers come. Then we take them out.
Ramse: You're all leap, no look, little brother. You're gonna get yourself killed.
Cole: My hero.
Ramse: It's either that, or Jonesy sends me back in time to save your ass again.
Cole: You're crazy about me, just admit it.
Is it me, or does Cole somehow manage to look like he fits in no matter the time period? I've grown to like the character so much this season. What a massive difference from last year.
Our hero loves his fancy drinks too. In the 40s it was whiskey sour, and in the 70s it was TAB. That explains the can he picked up in his room at the Emerson Hotel a few episodes back.
Ramse flirting with the waitress was smooth, but Cole's witty remark about him fathering another child and changing history was a killer line. Yeah, this adventure was going to be a fun ride.
Naturally as Ramse predicted, Cole leaped right in and saved Victoria's life. The effects of time changing were instant, but couldn't Cole have killed Slade then and there? Beating the Messengers to the paradox would guarantee that 2044 might stabilize, no?
I guess he could not bring himself to murder Slade in cold blood so early on. After all, history might be wrong about the guy. Also, what secrets might an even more messed up Primary than Jennifer hold? The timing was not right.
Once again, I was surprised Cole and Ramse shared the truth about time travel with Victoria. Yeah, it was the 70s and in her state its not hard to believe she would buy their story. How would that knowledge affect her later? Can you believe she survived?
Back in 2016, Cassie and Jennifer continued to bond. Wasn't the malpractice suit comment hilarious? Emily Hampshire not only gets the best lines, but her delivery's flawless.
Did you catch the time "echo" when Jennifer touched the hole in the wall? How cool when that event played out in the 70s, right? The writing team's attention to detail never fails to impress me. Of course, the real question we were waiting to learn was whether or not Aaron was the Witness.
Luckily, we weren't kept wondering about Aaron for too long.
Aaron: It's beautiful. A place where time no longer exists. A place where you can be with the one you love forever. What could be more important than that?
Cassie: No. No, it can't be that way.
Aaron: It's the only way. Don't you understand? The red forest is the only way to beat death.
I mentioned in my review of 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 5 that I didn't think Aaron was the Witness. I win!
Seeing him change faces from Aaron to Cole was wicked, but how does he have that power? Kyle claimed he was just a man. Was this all in Cassie's mind? Is there something supernatural about the Witness?
Kyle recognized Cole instantly which seemed too easy, but it was clear there would be yet another twist. This series is nothing, if not unpredictable.
Cole and Ramse stealing the cop car and the events that followed were okay. Then they started fighting and I just hate it when the two BFFs are at odds. It did provide a great exchange when the duo was making up later. Their bromance is awesome.
Of course our psycho Primary did not have the Witness after all, but it sure did make for a creepy scene. Limbs hanging everywhere was pretty gruesome, even for 12 Monkeys. Again, the tone of this episode was quite different for the show.
I've got to say, I had not be looking forward to Cole executing anyone since Leland Goines. Kyle was seriously messed up and even proved himself pretty clever, but he had to go.
I was thrilled that Cole did not hesitate after realizing it was one of the Messengers Kyle had kidnapped. Man, those bioengineered baddies have proven rather useless so far, haven't they? I get the sense the final pair may just get the job done. Not good.
In the end, we found ourselves another couple of Messengers down and the latest paradox prevented. The temporal storm actually began to recede. It certainly was nice for the good guys to gain the upper hand. Unless you count what happened to Cassie in those final moments.
What did you think of "Immortal"? Is Cassie the Witness or is he using her somehow? Did Kyle's story surprise you? Did you enjoy Cole and Ramse's 70s adventure? You're up, sound off in the comments below and share your thoughts with us.
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NOTE: 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 7 is titled "Meltdown" and airs on May 30.