12 Monkeys: “Guardians”

Although this season was released in a short period, we continue our episode-by-week reviews with “Guardians.”

Title: “Guardians”

Written by Sean Tretta
Directed by David Grossman

Aaron Stanford as James Cole
Barbara Sukowa as Dr. Katarina Jones
Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines
Amanda Schull as Dr. Cassandra Railly
Kirk Acevedo as José Ramse
Brooke Williams as Hannah Jones
Alisen Down as Olivia
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
Dylan Colton as Sebastian
Sierra Wooldridge as Lucinda
Mishka Thébaud as Sam
Mif as Hockley
Jerome Bourgault as Theatre Owner
Bobby Manning as Olivia’s Soldier
Braden Wright as Priest
Tom Noonan as Pallid Man
Several Objects as the Witness


Trapped in the past, Jennifer Goines attempts to get the attention of the future. James Cole and Katarina Jones turn up to save her—but so do representatives of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys.

José Ramse seeks out his adult son in a war zone.

Cassandra Railly remains trapped in Titan, and will not escape without her child.

High Points

Once again, Emily Hampshire steals the show as Jennifer Goines. Her attempts to contact the future and, later, to become one of the team, manage to be at once hysterical and moving. The scientists’ reactions to her return are priceless.

Low Point

I hope they figure out what to do about the “rewind” tech. Time travel creates enough loopholes; the use of this technology, while a formidable weapon and plot device, will get old quickly.

The Scores:

Originality: 3/6

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6

Story: 5/6 The pacing in this episode, especially in the non-Goines storylines, feels uneven. Otherwise, the season moves along, with new mysteries that will not be revealed right away.

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6 They do 1920s Paris well on a television budget.

Overall: 5/6

In total, “Guardians” receives 34/42