Is this a story of interactive home viewing taken far? Syfy is partnering with Phillips to give each episode of 12 Monkeys a "light track." Get ready to have the future scenes turn off all the lights in your house to make sure that you're really feeling the apocalypse.

Phillips' Hue lighting line connects color-changing LED lights to phones/tablets/computers through wireless routers. So you can mind trip all your guests by controlling your lights' color and brightness from your phone. Only Syfy is now giving you the chance to turn over that control to a TV show about preventing an pandemic that will end the world. That sounds cheerful. Certainly less cheerful than when they tried this same stunt for Sharknado 2: The Second One.


According to Syfy, their special app will "will detect audio cues from 12 Monkeys and translate them to the Web-enabled Hue system. Fans will then be enveloped in the onscreen action through ambient lighting effects designed to engage viewers in an entirely unique way."

Maybe this kind of atmospheric lighting will be so well executed it will become as necessary as surround sound. Maybe not. I'd certainly make sure it was only installed where you are actually watching the episode, so that the lights in other rooms don't start changing.

[via Entertainment Weekly]