12 Monkeys: What Critics Say

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
12 Monkeys: What Critics Say
Aaron Stanford at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con

Syfy’s latest drama thriller “12 Monkeys” will premiere on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on the cable network. The show stars Aaron Stanford as Cole, Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly, Noah Bean as Aaron Marker, Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines, Kirk Acevedo as Ramse, Barbara Sukowa as Jones and Tom Noonan as the villain. We’ve rounded up some early reviews of the pilot episode, and here’s what the critics have to say.

While Indiewire’s critic thinks that the narrative of the TV show allows more room for character expositions, it can’t compare to the way the movie delivered its story. The critic prefers the movie version, not just for the way the story is told, but also for its technicality. The critic cited “12 Monkeys” as slick, but then also says that it’s “no more dystopian than a car commercial.”

The critic from Techtimes, however, finds the show is well-made, giving it four stars out of five. The critic also commends the actors and their chemistry and notes how it’s less dark than the movie version. As a show about time travelling, it’s not hard to follow the story. The critic says, “it’s easy enough for fans new to the genre to sit back and enjoy.”

The review on Forbes states that the series is a step in the right direction for Syfy, with its “interesting cast, cool world and compelling story.” The critic says that this could be the new show that would bring back Syfy’s reputation as a network that delivers the most engaging stories about science.

Den of Geek’s critic says that the shows strength lies in the way it makes us of flashbacks, which tends to be overused in a lot of other series. In this show, however, the medium is swift and clear, which makes for better storytelling. The critic also loves the special effects used for the series and commends the show for its likeable lead characters.

Variety’s critic thinks Stanford is a solid pick for the lead actor but sees some problems in the narrative, particularly with the way the flashbacks are introduced in the show.

Catch “12 Monkeys’” big debut on Syfy this coming Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. and check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly for the updates about this show as we will be covering the recaps, news and spoilers.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P