What the heck?!?
I admit, the thought that someone with knowledge of the future was interfering with Cole's mission hit me early on. However, watching the events go down in 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 10 was simply thrilling.
Obviously Ramse survived the jump, but I never expected him to be in 1987 for Cole's big meeting with Leland Goines. Things are about to get even crazier!
12 Monkeys can easily be classified as "sci-fi," but the brilliant storytelling transcends genres. This series pushes all kinds of buttons; it's a masterpiece.
No time was wasted establishing that Ramse had switched sides. I was shocked he burned all the research and watching Project Splinter's wall go down in flames hurt.
However, let's not be too quick to judge ol' Jose Ramse. Jones killed most of Spearhead and countless others in her quest to undo the plague. She lied to her team about Foster's cure. I mean, Ramse clearly has a valid argument and he wants a life with his son.
I keep remembering Jennifer's words to him, "You're a good friend. Not yet, but you will be." He's not a bad guy, even saving Dr. Adler by placing him outside the room. Ramse is our antagonist, but his redemption is inevitable and the situation isn't so black and white. Again, that's what you call... phenomenal writing!
Back in 2015, Cassie and Aaron were about to enjoy a little sexy time, when in walked Cole. Naturally, Aaron was pissed, but Cassie remembered Oliver Peters.
Cole: The virus is still out there. The 12 Monkeys got their hands on it somehow.
Cassie: We destroyed M-510 in Chechnya, we burned it; all of it.
Aaron: The CIA has satellite photos that prove that.
Cassie: The Night Room is destroyed. The remains, the Origin, is gone. Leland is dead.
Cole: We missed something.
Aaron: We? No you. You missed something. How is this still happening?
Cassie: Because it was never just Leland. It was Oliver Peters. He was at the CIA during operation TROY. He gave them the virus.
Cole: We need to find him.
Did anyone else miss the Pallid Man this week? We knew he killed Peters’ husband thanks to the flower petals, but I just like to see his creepy mug threaten folks.
The journal Cassie discovered, or "recipe for a plague" as she called it, contained an image of the Annapurna Remains (aka the Origin of the virus) which we saw back in 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 5. Cole also spotted a photo of the White Dragon night club in Tokyo which Wexler mentioned. Ladies and germs, all the pieces are finally fitting together. I've been waiting for that meeting between Leland and Cole since the pilot.
Of course, Cole was very inconveniently called home to 2043. What was the deal with the plant turning red?
If Peters is recreating M-510 for the 12 Monkeys, he'll need animals to test it on. The CDC can get a list of suppliers and then I'll be able to track him down. Just like the Big Burn, and the Night Room. And Splinter, apocalypse; rinse/repeat.Cassie
If I were Cole, I'd be pissed at Ramse, too. Still, I liked hearing him stand up for Ramse protecting his family. Jones argued that none of that mattered if the mission was successful. "We need those injections," she said coldly when Whitley asked if he was forced to choose between Ramse or the shots. She's a tough cookie, that's for sure.
Meanwhile, we saw Ramse return to Elena and Sam. Again their side of the argument makes perfect sense. I had a bad feeling Elena wasn't going to make it, and sadly I was proven right. Still, it's easy to understand Ramse's rage.
The meeting between Ramse and Jennifer was loaded with her tricky riddles. In all that madness, what really stood out for me was Jennifer talking about undoing what they had all done and giving Ramse the pendant. That's the Pallid Man's pendant, isn't it? Is Ramse the Pallid Man? Jones mentioned his trip to the past was one way.
Wait, there's something you need to know. Today something happens that will change things for you. Not everything is preordained, no matter how it may seem. They say things happen for a reason. That is a lie. Death can be both cause and effect. That's how it works. No straight lines. You're ready, it's time to go.Jennifer
The minute Elena was shot, I knew Ramse was going to head to the Temporal Facility. At that point, I wasn't sure what his plan was until I saw the bomb. Then he jumped in the time machine and everything made sense. Did he have to kill Max, though?
Cassie located Peters, but it was too late; he'd recreated the virus. Probably more important was Aaron's run in with the Striking Woman. Is he about to switch sides, as well?
After defending Ramse, I was a little surprised to hear Cole say he'd kill Ramse. I'm not sure I buy it. Do you think he's capable of that? After all, killing Ramse in the past means he'll never exist.
What did you think of "Divine Move"? Did you ever imagine Ramse would travel back in time? Jones said it's a one way trip. Is he the Pallid Man or does Cole kill him? What did you make of Jennifer's chat with Ramse? Your turn, hit the comments and share all your wild theories with me!
As always, you can watch 12 Monkeys online via TV Fanatic at any time. There were important moments this week, you might want to re-watch this one.
NOTE: 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 11 is titled “Shonin” and airs on Friday, March 27.