In case you missed it, 12 Monkeys returned last weekend, still crazy after all these years.

They released the entire season this time around; my busy schedule means I’ll be watching and reviewing it in weekly installments, sometimes combining episodes of the arc-heavy series.

Title: “Mother”

Written and directed by Terry Matalas

Aaron Stanford as James Cole
Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly
Barbara Sukowa as Dr. Katarina Jones
Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines
Brooke Williams as Hannah Jones
Faran Tahir as Mallick
Hannah Waddingham and Elizabeth Whitmere as Magdalena
Demore Barnes as Whitley
Murray Furrow as Dr. Lasky
Andrew Gillies as Dr. Adler
Dominique Provost-Chalkley as Arianna
Tom Noonan as Pallid Man
Jonathan Eliot as Commandant Hoetler
Jean-Michel Nadeau as French Sergeant
Some Guy in a Plague Doctor Mask as the Witness

Premise

Cassandra Reilly remains captive in a time-traveling city, held until she delivers the Witness. James Cole is beside himself but, realizing that Reilly is no longer the mission, searches for a time-lost Jennifer Goines in the hope of saving the world. Katarina sends her daughter on a mission.

High Points

Jennifer Goines singing “99 Luftballoons” to a homicidal German in 1917.

Forget the revival of Twin Peaks. No one does crazy quite like the Monkeys, and Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines is in fine form.

Low Point

I have a question and quibble more than a Low Point: we’ll eventually learn why Cassandra conceals herself while Cole has it out with Cole. Where does she conceal herself? She turns up very quickly when Cole 1 disappears.

The Scores:

Originality: 4/6

Effects: 6/6 The season premiere features many effects. Some are basic but effective, and the distinction between practical and CGI becomes blurred. The show does not really showcase its effects; they’re simply there in service of the story.

Acting: 5/6

Story: 5/6 It’s always difficult to assess the plot of an arc-heavy show. They lay some of the (inevitably shifting) foundation for the season effectively.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 12 Monkeys is back.

In total, “Mother” receives 36/42