But to 2.13 of 12 Monkeys, this episode had everything, including psychedelic time travel via red forest leaf tea, time travel of the whole city of Titan or whatever exactly that is, Cole and Cassie living a few months of happily ever after, and even a cameo by Madeline Stowe, who played the original Dr. Railly in the 1995 movie, except her first name then was Kathryn not Cassandra.
The Stowe character in Monday's season finale plays a Jennifer-like character, who may be a little more clear, if still speaking in riddles, than the Jennifer we've come to know and love. I hope we see more of Stowe on the show next season in 2017.
We're also treated to a transformation in another Dr. on the show, Dr. Jones, who in the new reality that Cole's psychedelic time traveling creates becomes a kick-ass woman, handy with a gun. It was great to see her actually go on the expedition to save Ramse and company from their previously deadly fate at Titan.
The ending was predicted by lots of people on the Web, but was still a treat to see: the Witness is the child of Cole and Cassie, the one who presumably wasn't born, because Cole's changing of time in 1957 erased the time he had with Cassie in the house of their dreams in 1959. At least, that's what Stowe's character said would happen - that the time in the home-sweet-home would be gone - and she certainly seemed pretty knowledgeable. On the other hand, she did also say that love survives all changes in time, so ...
But this leads to a question about a slightly earlier development: how did Cassie come to remember that she and Cole had been in that cottage, since that time presumably never happened? Cole is surprised, and we never get an answer to this. Is it also an example of love conquers all and the power of butterflies? Likely the details will also explain how Cassie became pregnant - though I suppose Cole and Cassie could have made love at some other instant in this new reality, or maybe Cole isn't the father.
No, that last possibility wouldn't be as interesting as Cole being the father, and we'll just have to wait next to see how that plays out, and what's up in the 22nd century, as we enter 2017 with a new President in our own time-line. Hey, I'm all about butterflies ....
See also 12 Monkeys 2.1: Whatever Will Be, Will Be ... 12 Monkeys 2.2: The Serum ... 12 Monkeys 2.3: Primaries and Paradoxes ... 12 Monkeys 2.4: Saving Time ... 12 Monkeys 2.5: Jennifer's Story ... 12 Monkeys 2.6: "'Tis Death Is Dead" ... 12 Monkeys 2.7: Ultimate Universes ... 12 Monkeys 2.8: Time Itself Wants Time Travel ... 12 Monkeys 2.9: Hands On ... 12 Monkeys 2.10: The Drugging ... 12 Monkeys 2.11: Teleportation ... 12 Monkeys 2.12: The Best and the Worst of Time(s)
And see also this Italian review, w/reference to Hawking and my story, "The Chronology Protection Case"
And see also 12 Monkeys series on SyFy: Paradox Prominent and Excellent ...12 Monkeys 1.2: Your Future, His Past ... 12 Monkeys 1.3: Paradoxes, Lies, and Near Intersections ... 12 Monkeys 1.4: "Uneasy Math" ... 12 Monkeys 1.5: The Heart of the Matter ... 12 Monkeys 1.6: Can I Get a Witness? ... 12 Monkeys 1.7: Snowden, the Virus, and the Irresistible ... 12 Monkeys 1.8: Intelligent Vaccine vs. Time Travel ... 12 Monkeys 1.9: Shelley, Keats, and Time Travel ... 12 Monkey 1.10: The Last Jump ... 12 Monkeys 1.11: What-Ifs ... 12 Monkeys 1.2: The Plunge ... 12 Monkeys Season 1 Finale: "Time Travel to Create Time Travel"
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