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12 Monkeys: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

July 10, 2019
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Created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, ’12 Monkeys’ is an American science fiction television series. The drama first premiered on Syfy on January 16, 2015. It stars Aaron Stanford as James Cole and Amanda Schull as Dr Cassandra “Cassie” Railly, who plan to time travel in order to stop the disastrous plan of an enigmatic organization called “Army of the 12 Monkeys”. It is based on the 1995 film of the same name which stars Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Christopher Plummer, which is based on the French novel, La Jetee, by Chris Marker. The series is executive produced by Richard Suckle, Charles Roven, Natalie Chaidez, Jefferey Reiner, David Grossman, Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas.

12 Monkeys Plot: What’s it about?

Set in the year 2043, it follows a scavenger named James Cole who gets recruited by a group called “Project Splinter”. This team contains a scientist which is led by a physicist named Katarina Jones. They are assigned to work together and travel back in time to the year 2015. This is the year when a deadly virus was released by the “Army of the 12 monkeys’. They have to stop that virus which is to be the cause of the plague that leads to the destruction of the humankind. In the original timeline, more than billions of people have died due to it.

Cole travels to 2015 timeline and comes in contact with a virologist named Dr Cassandra “Cassie” Railly. It is a part of his mission to meet her because, in the future timeline, he comes upon a recording that she had made after the viral outbreak of the virus. This makes her a pivotal character in the events to come. He also meets a math genius named Jennifer Goines. Jennifer’s father has been assigned to kill the brutal high-ranking members of the 12 monkeys, Olivia, Pallid Man as well as Cassie’s ex-boyfriend named Aaron Marker. Cole also has to handle a guy named Theodore Deacon and his best friend named Jose Ramse in the future timeline. Ramse and Cole are ex-members of the dangerous pack of scavengers led by Theodore. Meanwhile, Cassie and Cole have to reveal the whereabouts and name of the mysterious person who is leading the Army of the 12 monkeys. He is referred to as “The Witness”.

By the fourth season, Cassie and Cole get engaged and they make a plan to stop Olivia from freeing the Red Forest. Cassie hesitates to turn off the time machine because by doing so she would lose Cole. She has two options: either to save humanity or their relation, but in the end, she has to save the world. They both exchange goodbyes with each other and everyone returns to their original year. Jones surrenders to the radiation poisoning and Cole tries to erase himself from the timelines. There is also a dramatic fight sequence, the winner of which has the power to save or destroy the world.

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12 Monkeys Cast: Who’s in it?

Aaron Stanford plays the role of James Cole, the time traveller. He has played Pyro in the second and third instalments of the ‘X-men franchise’ and is also known for his work in ‘Nikita’ and ‘Travelers’. Amanda Schull appears in the role of Cassandra Railly. She is known for her roles in ‘One Tree Hill‘, ‘Pretty Little Liars‘, ‘Suits‘ and ‘Murder in the First’. Kirk Acevedo plays the character of Jose Ramse. His best-known works include ‘Fringe’, ‘Band of Brothers’, ‘The Thin Red Line’ and ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’. He also played the role of The Dragon in the sixth and seventh season of ‘Arrow‘.

Todd Stashwick appears in the role of Theodore Deacon. He has been a part of ‘Gotham’, ‘The Originals’, ‘Teen Wolf‘, ‘Heroes’ and ‘The Riches’. The role of Jennifer Goines is played by Emily Hampshire. She is best known for playing the role of Angelina in 1998’s ‘Boy Meets Girl’ and Stevie Budd in ‘Schitt’s Creek’. Her other acting credits include ‘Rookie Blue’, ‘Ruby Gloom’, ‘Made in Canada’ and ‘The Last Don’. She also serves as a voice actor in various films and TV shows. Barbara Sukowa plays the role of Dr Katarina Jones. A Grammy-nominated and multiple awards winning actress, Sukowa is best known for her roles in ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Romance and Cigarettes’, ‘Europa’, and ‘Mr Butterfly’.

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12 Monkeys Season 5 Release Date: Will it happen?

’12 Monkeys’ season 4 premiered on June 15, 2018, on Syfy. The high concept premise and layered characters of the show did not receive so much love in the beginning. In fact, the first half of the first season received very lukewarm reviews and was considered a mediocrity as compared to its source material. However, as the story moved forward, the finesse and the details began to show and the reception of the series took a turn for the better.

The second season opened up to rave reviews from the critics and started cementing the popularity of the show. By the third season, it had both the critics and the audience under its spell. This is why, when the network declared that the fourth season would also be the final, it came as a huge shock to the fans. The showrunners of ’12 Monkeys’ gave their all to the finale and it wrapped up all the loose ends, giving a fitting conclusion to every character. The season followed in the footsteps of the success of the previous seasons and was declared a critical success while receiving all the love of its fans. Because the series has met a proper end, there is a very slim chance of its return. Even if the series returns, it would probably start from scratch and will tell a different story. We wouldn’t suggest you wait around for this one. In any case, if we receive news on ’12 Monkeys’ season 5 release date we will update this section.

12 Monkeys Trailer

If you are the fan of ’12 Monkeys’ and are disheartened by the show’s end, find comfort in the fact that you can revisit all its seasons on Hulu. Here is the trailer of the fourth season to remind you what a thrilling ride it was.

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