12 Monkeys: Cassandra Complex


By: Ashley Binion (@ashleybinion)

12 Monkeys continued its time traveling, saving the world from a future plague adventure with a trip to Haiti.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

This episode focused heavily on information about the Night Room Jennifer Goines alluded to in the previous episode and Cassandra’s life after Cole kidnapped her in 2014. Cole’s mission to travel back to 2014 was somewhat successful as he attained more information about the Night Room from Cassie’s friend Henri Toussant.

The scene of Cole killing Henri was well choreographed. It was at a much slower pace than the other fight scenes in the previous two episodes, almost like an execution style killing. Cole was doing it out of necessity. He had to close the loop. If he didn’t Henri would’ve been found and most likely would have blabbed about Night Room. Also, he didn’t change anything in the timeline by killing him. He was actually completing the timeline.

I wasn’t happy with the way they wrote Cassandra. Yes, she experienced a very weird and traumatic kidnapping by Cole, but she was just erratic for most of the episode. She wanted to kill the people who dared to leave the quarantine center. And I mean cheating on your boyfriend with a guy who you just met? Oh and don’t forget he would’ve been infected from working in the center. No wonder her ex-boyfriend was concerned about her in 2014.

Toward the beginning of the episode there was a discussion about when and where to send Cole next. I found that exchange fascinating. It was something that informed the viewers of the limitations they have when sending someone back to a specific time, like power or the intricacies of approximation. When discussing power, I wonder if they are referring to actual electrical power or something that fuels the time machine.

Most likely these are some of the brightest minds left on the planet and they were having difficulty figuring out where to send him. They originally thought taking out Leland Goines would solve the problem, but that illusion was shattered in the first episode so here they are trying to unravel the mystery of the plague and the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

Cole’s bestie Ramse had a much larger role in this episode. So far he has been pigeon-holed as Cole’s best friend and nothing else is known about him. But, this episode throws Ramse into the forefront in 2043. By putting him in the forefront it allows 2043 to continue to have story while Cole is back in 2015.

The West 7, which sounds like a scavenger gang in 2043, could be really interesting to watch. Especially since Ramse made it seem like they both left the gang and are now in trouble for doing so.

The Army of the 12 Monkeys henchman, the Pallid Man, said he had seen Cole before in the previous episode. “Cassandra Complex” featured that first meeting between the two, in which Cole gave him the scare on his cheek. I have to say that old man is pretty spry as he disappears at the drop of a hat.

In the first two episodes the two main characters were fun and delightful to watch together but there was something about this episode that made them fall a little flat. It could be because they were actually apart for most of the episode. I did like the moment where Cassie was joking to Cole about the chicken it was lighthearted and fun.

With the rising of the West 7 and their new mission to find the mobile containment system, “the Big Burn,” the mission to stop the plague is only going to get tougher.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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