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12 Monkeys - Paradox - Advance Preview

12 Monkeys, “Paradox,” is the penultimate episode of the shows first season. It’s another wonderfully woven episode. It was directed by Dennie Gordon with the story by Terry Matalas and the screenplay by Richard E Robbins. Gordon’s many credits include Burn Notice, Hell on Wheels, and White Collar. As the title would suggest, there is a paradox that occurs in this episode that will change everything – and comes with another terrific special effect.

I was a little surprised that it would seem we will be continuing with the action in 2043. Something is growing on the machine, and Jones (Barbara Sukowa) is determined to carry on regardless of what’s happened. Deacon (Todd Stashwick) has a new ally. In fact, we see alliances shift in both 2015 and 2043. The discussions of fate and hope from last week also continue. For instance, Aaron (Noah Bean) makes a deal because politics have taught him to be a pragmatist.
There are two interesting and poignant reunions of sorts in 2015. We find out that Cole (Aaron Stanford) and Jones met in 2015. Cassie (Amanda Schull) brings a toy gun to a knife fight. We finally find out the whole story behind that glass of dropped milk. We also find out what was on the note Cassie gave to Cole just before she died in 2017. We also find out how Ramse (Kirk Acevedo) and Cole met. People keep asking about Cassie and Cole’s relationship in the episode. Markridge gets a surprising new CEO.

And that’s all I’m going to tease about the episode! Here are a few dialogue teases:

“It is we who are abandoned.”
“I’m a scientist. I don’t believe in fate.”
“The only failure is giving up.”
“Is it genocide or is it evolution?”
“He’s not just a friend. He’s much more.”
“Mother nature doesn’t like it if you rearrange her furniture.”
“Forward is the only direction available at the moment.”
“Love can’t be calculated or predicted.”

You won’t want to miss this episode! And then there’s only one more to finish this first season. I can’t believe how this season has simply flown by! Don’t forget to tune in March 3 on Syfy at 9pm.

About the Author - Lisa Macklem
I do interviews and write articles for the site in addition to reviewing a number of shows, including Supernatural, Arrow, Agents of Shield, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Forever, Defiance, Bitten, Glee, and a few others! Highlights of this past year include covering San Diego Comic Con as press and a set visit to Bitten. When I'm not writing about television shows, I'm often writing about entertainment and media law in my capacity as a legal scholar. I also work in theatre when the opportunity arises. I'm an avid runner and rider, currently training in dressage.