We truly are in an era of adaptations. The Marvel Cinematic has set up the dominoes and given us a grand total of at least 30 films featuring all of our favourite superheroes between now and 2020. At the same time, Hannibal and Fargo are taking their silver screen hits and condensing them down into weekly serials that manage to capture the spirit of the original, whilst telling a different story and (in the case of Fargo) bringing in all new characters. 12 Monkeys follows on in the same vein, as we are shown a new version of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 time-travelling epic.
The show is well paced, with a decent balance between action and story. However, whilst the action scenes are well choreographed, the writing appears somewhat slapdash, with some of the scenes feeling corny instead of emotional or tense. Some of the dialogue also seems to rely a little too much on direct exposition that doesn’t quite fit the tone of the scene, it’s nowhere near as forced and clunky as the introduction of Edward Nigma in Gotham, but you can almost feel the actors looking at the camera and winking as they say their lines.
12 Monkeys currently shows plenty of potential. It’s not always engaging, with the dialogue and exposition creating a little too much dissonance to sit comfortably with each other, but there is enough entertainment and energy to keep the plot rolling along. The show has a solid base to build on, let’s hope that it can keep going.
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