12 Monkeys – “Mentally Divergent” Review

12 Monkeys - "Mentally Divergent"Things are changing in the future, but not in any noticeable ways. Unfortunately, since this episode were we got our first substantial look at the future and the characters that inhabit it, we don’t have a strong point of reference. Thus, Ramse’s comment that Cole was different since he came back didn’t mean all that much. Hopefully, we’ll get to spend more time in the future as it’s our only way to really judge if things are being changed effectively. If we can notice those changes that would make the storytelling feel richer. That said it was a nice move to have Cole mention going back to 1987 and then have us see another man mention meeting him in his past the COle has yet to experience. Clearly, he hs a lot of encounters in his future.

The focus has come to the 12 Monkeys symbol. The team in the future has found that the symbol was plastered all over the place is a tie to the 12 Monkeys army. That means they need to track them down and figure out exactly what their connection is to the disease. Our one taste of the 12 Monkeys is the lavender man who certainly left his mark on his episode killing multiple people and leaving his flower marks. Those in the future need to find out more information about the army of the 12 Monkeys if they are going to find a way to stop the disease from spreading. Their first clue is Jennifer Goines as they worked to piece together the puzzle.

12 Monkeys - "Mentally Divergent"Cole was sent back this time to 2015 not to meet up with Cassie, but to meet with Jennifer Goines. She had been drawing the symbol for years. As the episode progressed we found that Goines was very mentally disturbed. While the people at the mental institute clearly believe that she is schizophrenic, it becomes clear that she was effected by an event lead by the Army of the 12 Monkeys. She watched as an entire facility that she was working in was butchered. She was spared, and it appears there was one more who got away as well. Whatever it is that she knows was something that the 12 Monkeys no longer felt was safe in the institute and she was abducted. I also need to mention that Emily Hempshire is positively delightful as Goines. She’s unsettling and flight and captivating when she’s on screen.

As for Cassie, she has been sent squarely down a path that she doesn’t wish to turn from. The future is in peril and she’s going to do everything she can to try to stop it. However, her go to information man Jeremy was killed. The encounter with the killer was enough to rattle her. This progression in her story was a great step in the right direction and rather surprising that we reached it so quickly. For one, many shows would keep Jeremy around as he provided an easy way for Cassie to get information. Now that he’s removed from the equation, Cassie now needs to be more resourceful and find out information on her own. Not only that, but the manner in which he was killed and she was confronted was effective in making it clear that she is in way over her head.

12 Monkeys - "Mentally Divergent"The biggest shame of the episode is that we didn’t get to really see the relationship between Cole and Cassie develop as they didn’t come together until the end. Their chemisty was so great in the last episode, seeing them apart had the benefit of showing that they have their own skills. However, the show seems to come alive a bit more when they are together.

What did you think of the episode?

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