TV Club: 12 Monkeys: “Mentally Divergent”

“How about the girl?” one man asks another. “You gonna see her again?”

“I don’t know.”

It’s a perfectly ordinary conversation. Any co-workers could chat like this, anywhere, anytime. For Cole and Ramse, that moment is at the end of a dangerous sortie to a long-abandoned site in the wasteland. They’ve fended off attacking scavengers, even killed a few of them. It’s just another day at work.

12 Monkeys‘s pilot did a lot of heavy lifting last week, introducing characters, relationships, individual timelines, and the mechanics of time travel. This week, the series relaxes and shows off a little more personality.

Kirk Acevedo as Ramse, Aaron Stanford as Cole (Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy)

Kirk Acevedo brings a persuasive ease to the role of Ramse, Cole’s confederate and confidante. Their banter gives a welcome level of realism to their mission and the attack that follows …

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