I’m mad at Syfy. They gave me the first eight episodes of 12 Monkeys season two several weeks ago. And since I watched those episodes, I’ve been on tenterhooks. If you thought 12 Monkeys was fascinating and crack-like in its first season, then you’re going to have a problem when season two starts tonight. No spoilers…
How do you turn an existentially comfortless movie about a futile journey from a post-apocalyptic future into the present day into an ongoing TV series? One way is to make the time travel less futile. But another is to create a really scary villain — and with its second episode, 12 Monkeys stars doing just that.
Who would ever figure that a 28 minute film, comprised entirely of black and white still shots and voiceover narration, would go on to serve as the foundation for a major hollywood production? In the case of Chris Marker's 1962 work La Jetée, it most likely inspired two.
If you've never seen the 1962 science fiction film La Jetée — which inspired Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys — then you're going to have a new chance to check it out. The Criterion Collection is putting out a new Blu-ray version of La Jetée along with Sans Soleil, another film from Chris Marker.