Time Travel is a tricksome beast. If it’s not sending you back in time to have awkward sexually charged moments with your teenage mother, it’s directing you into an alternate timeline because you didn’t throw away that packet of crisps you just wolfed down, and now the world is doomed! You wally.
If you’ve been following the events of 12 Monkeys so far, you’ll know that the chances of temporally displaced oedipal trysts are unlikely, so settle in for a more dire version of Back to the Future II!
After some wonderful visual effects in previous episodes, it’s a shame to see the sequence look tacky this time around. Admittedly, it’s not helped by the dull, tedious, monotonous voice-over delivered by a character who could have been replaced by a tape recorder with no change to the story. The entire scene feels very basic, and the use of colour correction hasn’t been so abused since the Orange and Teal fiasco that we’ve been dealing with in films.
Despite the dream sequence being a let down for the episode, the rest of the show was thoroughly enjoyable. The opportunity to look at an alternative timeline, and see some of the possible events that may or may not occur depending on Cole’s actions (or inaction) made for a compelling plot device, and opens up the series for more stories should Cole and Dr. Railly ever manage to destroy the cure.
The Red Forest is an intriguing episode, were it not let down by sub-par graphics; indeed, it could have been brilliant. The alternative timelines create a new avenue to explore in the future, and the introduction of The Army of the Twelve Monkeys Leader shows potential for a new villain to plague our nightmares.