Syfy has just announced that 12 Monkeys, the TV series inspired by Terry Gilliam’s 1995 movie of the same name, has been renewed for a third season. If this announcement makes you shrug—or if you just haven’t been watching the show—let me explain why this is good news.
I feel like I’ve done this rant before—I probably have, and it was erased from the timeline—but 12 Monkeys is good. Like, really good. If you’re one of the people who dismissed the show out of hand, wondering how on Earth it could possibly live up to Gilliam’s movie, well, the answer is it does it in the same way FX’s hit series Fargo lives up to the even more esteemed Coen brothers film of the same name—it takes some of the same parts, it matches the original’s tone, but it crafts it all into something that is both a loving homage to the original while being something entirely new. Unless you remember a scene in the 12 Monkeys movie where an evil cult is trying to destroy the entirety of time by causing paradoxes involving murdering people in the past with knives made of their own bones taken from their corpses in the future.
So yeah, third season: good news. Watch the show.