’12 Monkeys’: Comparing the Movie with the TV Show

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
’12 Monkeys’: Comparing the Movie with the TV Show

The premiere of the anticipated sci-fi series “12 Monkeys” is getting nearer. The latest action-thriller is set to debut on Syfy this coming Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:00 p.m., with the show offering a degree of difference from the movie it’s based from. What will set the TV series apart from the movie? Read on for more.

The Setting and the Story


The series will take place in the same scenario as the movie. The dystopian environment will center on a hero named Cole (Aaron Stanford). Like in the movie, he is sent back in time in order to prevent a plague that will wipe out humanity in the future. As it is in the movie, the time travel element is not yet perfected; there are glitches in between.

What’s different from the movie, however, is that this time around in the TV show, the exposition of the future is more detailed. In the movie, only parts and parcel of this was shown, but the series will have more ground to cover. There will be storylines focused on the future.

The pilot of the TV show will not begin the same way as the movie. In addition, its ending will be a far cry from the storyline that ran in the theater nearly 20 years ago. Yahoo! TV posted an exclusive nine-minute preview of the pilot. From there, you can already see the distinction between the movie and the TV series.

The Lead Character

Cole’s TV character will have a backstory. Whereas his past was noted only in passing in the movie, the TV show will present why Cole is the way he is. He’s also carrying guilt for those he has killed in order to make sure the plague is prevented.

The 12 Monkeys

In the movie, the Army of the 12 Monkeys was basically a footnote. Bon the TV show, there exists an actual group. Its importance and purpose will figure into the story as the episodes progress.

The Supporting Cast

The series will have slightly different roles for its supporting cast this time around. For instance, Goines (Emily Hampshire) is a math wizard. Her character equivalent in the movie was played by Brad Pitt, who gave a unique interpretation to a crazy person/animal activist. Moreover, there’s Railly (Amanda Schull) who is a doctor specializing in virus. In the movie, the character of Railly is a psychiatrist.


Incidentally, you can take pleasure in watching the show better with the special app designed for the series, in partnership with Philips Hue. Apparently, this app will improve the setting of the lights at your house as you watch the show. Details of this are published on Deadline.

Catch the premiere of “12 Monkeys” on Syfy on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this series.

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