12 Monkeys Season 3 – Inconsistent Writing Hampers a Once Great Show

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Season 3 ends continuing the trend of great acting hampered by inconsistent and sloppy writing that disregards the mythos/rules from previous seasons

Season 3 of SyFy's 12 Monkeys is a mixed bag. This season has had some really great acting performances of the cast. Emily Hampshire as Jennifer Goines continues to be a standout on the series. James Callis also adds in a great performance as Athan the last 3 episodes. But the show has struggled with consistency and breaking its own rules the entire season. The writing, which used to be the strong suit of this show, has become it's greatest weakness. The writers seem to change or ignore established mythos and rules when it fits their needs. Also the reveal of the "True Witness" just doesn't stick the landing due to inadequate build up throughout this season.

Listen to HiroJa and The Doctor wrap up their Season 3 review of 12 Monkeys with the final three episodes:

  • Episode 8 - Mask
  • Episode 9 - Thief
  • Episode 10 - Witness

What We Like:

The acting these last three episodes was top notch. Athan's(James Callius,Battlestar Galactica ) story was both riveting and heartbreaking. Jennifer being elevated to "True Savior"/Hero at the center of the series of the show is a great development. Having two well rounded female characters playing the hero and villain of this show is a nice change of pace for the series and great to see on TV in general.   

What We Did Not Like:

While Olivia being the “True Witness” made sense for the overall storyline for season 3, there were not enough hints or build up done  for such a reveal to stick the landing. The Olivia reveal seemed out of character for how the series was structured and seemed to be a last minute addition. This leads to the biggest issue: The writers no longer seem to care about the mythos/rules establish in series. The rules established in previous seasons seemed to be disregarded in favor of fitting this particular plot of season 3. This poor writing was disheartening because this series started with an incredibly strong and well written season one and the writing has deteriorated with each subsequent season.

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