12 Monkeys: The Complete Series (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

12 Monkeys: The Complete Series (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

12 Monkeys: The Complete Series (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

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12 Monkeys: The Complete Series (2019) (Blu-ray Review)
Starring: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 8
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment

A man from the post-apocalyptic future, Cole (Aaron Stanford) uses a dangerous, untested method of time travel to get from 2043 to the present day. He is on a mission to locate and rid the world of the source of the plague that will eventually annihilate the human race. Assisting him is Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull), a virologist who must decide whether to do harm in order to save the world — regardless of the fact that she has taken the Hippocratic oath.

We all know Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film of the same name, but here with this story in show form and being packed on 8 discs, it’s easy to see that this is Twelve Monkies way more in-depth. Now if that is for better or for worse is totally up to you, but I did find positives and negatives in it. The main negative being that it just might be too hard to follow something like Terry Gilliam’s movie, especially when it was done so well and most people don’t think we have any other need to revisit it. Then again, on the positive side of things, this isn’t a remake so we can at least try to not compare the two as much. As is, it’s an interesting story and one that does keep you interested. But I will admit that we do have spots in this show where things feel like they are dragging just a bit much. So, with this complete series, there is a bit of a give and a take, as I don’t think the latter half of the show’s run as solid as the first.

So, we have time traveling and we have a solid cast. I don’t want to get into too much here with this one because I’d rather not spoil anything and hurt your experience watching it, but if you like the more sci-fi things in life and are looking for a good show to try to dive into it if you’ve not seen this one yet, it’s perfectly acceptable for a watch. I don’t think I was personally blown away by it, but then again, I might just be keeping the original movie source a bit too fondly in my mind while watching. Mill Creek brings this one to Blu-ray and not only do you get the whole show, but you get a nice list of extras to go along with it.

Extras

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reels
  • Cast Auditions
  • Webisodes
  • Emily Hampshire Improv Speech
  • Podcast Commentary
  • Inside 12 Monkeys Featurette

Quality of Transfer: 94%

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