12 Monkeys (2015–2018)
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The Core that powers the time machine is fading. To get Cole back from the past, Jones must convince her former colleagues at the military operation "Spearhead" that her mission is worth saving.


Michael Waxman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Stanford ... James Cole
Amanda Schull ... Dr. Cassandra Railly
Kirk Acevedo ... José Ramse
Noah Bean ... Aaron Marker
Barbara Sukowa ... Katarina Jones
Amy Sloan ... Elena
Demore Barnes ... Whitley
Xander Berkeley ... Col. Jonathan Foster
Bill Timoney ... Senator Royce
Murray Furrow ... Dr. Lasky
Andrew Gillies ... Dr. Julian Adler
Rothaford Gray ... Capt. Frank Whitley
Benjamin Meranda Benjamin Meranda ... Samuel
Nataliya Rodina ... Aza
Sergey Shpakovsky Sergey Shpakovsky ... Mikaail


"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 ... Written by William Waddy

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Release Date:

6 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


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 »


[first lines]
José Ramse: 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.
Katarina Jones: I'll take whatever I can get.
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Die Zauberflöte, K 620 - Act 2: Ach, Ich Fühl's
Performed by Gundula Janowitz
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Yesterday Is The Future!
22 April 2015 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the eighth episode of the first season of 12 Monkeys. This is the first episode that is less focused on Cole, but focused on supporting characters such as Jones and Ramses. The character development plays sky-high, as we learn more about Ramses and his personal life. Xander Berkeley, a well-known character actor appears in the episode as the Colonel Jonathan Foster, who has the other operating core for the time machine.

In this episode, "Yesterday," with Cole stuck in the past and a failing time machine, Jones and co travel to Spearhead, a military colony in possession of a core, that Jones desperately needs. Foster refuses to give her the core, so Jones is prepared to fight for it. Ramses runs into an ex-girlfriend, where he learns he is a father. Meanwhile, in 2015, Railly goes to the site of the explosion in Chechnya to see if Cole survived the blast.

Overall, this was a solid episode that expressed themes of love for the first time this series. There is good character development here, and I thought the ending was surprising, if not a little obvious.

My Grade: A-

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