"Mr. Cole is the priority, then we worry about the core," Jones tells her team in tonight's episode. She's speaking of the tracer signal: Staying locked on Cole, tracking him in time and space, is the single most important task. All future missions rely upon calling him back, and that need eclipses all others, including the need to preserve the machinery. But it functions as a metaphor for the show as well. Stay locked on Cole and the story stays strong. Lose sight of him and it falters. The characters and emotional arcs of 12 Monkeys have stumbled over its eight episodes, but the story mechanics stayed strong. The show has clearly conveyed the potentially confusing jumps through time and space with seemingly effortless focus, and kept the larger narrative free of distractions by keeping everything centered tightly around James Cole. Until tonight. "Yesterday" inverts most of the expectations the series has established, not entirely successfully. Cole spends his scant minutes of the ...
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Aaron Stanford (James Cole) and fellow actors Noah Bean (Aaron Marker) and Xander Berkeley (Col. Jonathan Foster) have previously acted together on the TV show 'Nikita' with Maggie Q. Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly) also made an appearance in an episode. See more
Please tell me you're not praying right now. Lady, you don't seem like the type, secondly, it scares me, the fact that you might need some divine intervention bringing our boy back home.
I'll take whatever I can get.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620 - Act 2: Ach, Ich Fühl's
Performed by Gundula Janowitz See more