12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 13 Review: Arms of Mine

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What a phenomenal finish to an outstanding first season!

I've got to say, 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 13 delivered most of the answers we were looking for, while introducing several 12 Monkeys Season 2 mysteries. What's up with the Blue Man Group anyway?

Okay, so Cole and Cassie didn't kiss, but we get the complete story of those two missing years next season. There will be plenty of kissing, I'm sure.

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Well, we’ve come full circle, and I loved how the finale not only revisited Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine,” but that the writers used it as the episode title as well. How amazingly different Cole’s words were in this current context. Again, it’s brilliant the way the writing team book-ended 12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 1 and the finale this way.

Cole put the hurt on Aaron, and it was chilling to hear him basically blame the guy for the plague. Early on, I had a feeling Aaron was one of the bad guys, but I now realize he made some bad decisions out of love. All he wanted was to protect Cassie and for the two of them to survive. I had a feeling he was a goner and that proved to be true.

Though we got a little peek at the events of 2015, the romance part will have to wait until Season 2. Damn you writers!!!

In 2043, the red English ivy kept appearing on the time travel chair. Outside, did you count 12 hooded figures with Deacon?

Cassie: Who are they?
Aaron: There's a woman, she's the only one I ever saw. They know it's coming. They're planning for it.
Cole: How do they release the virus?
Aaron: I don't know. They're preparing for something. She said it was the coming of the twelve.

It didn’t take long for Cole and Cassie to figure out Jennifer’s new role at Markridge. How hilarious were the photos of Leland in the same pose while Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" played in the background? Absolutely priceless stuff; I couldn’t stop laughing. Man, Emily Hampshire struck acting gold with this role. I was thrilled to hear she had been upgraded to series regular next season.

Did you see how Jennifer lit up when she saw “otter eyes”? Emily had so many fantastic 12 Monkeys Quotes this week that it’s tough to pick just one favorite. When talking about the Night Room, she said “I was off my meds, super cray.” Or how about when Cassie brought up cloning the dodo and Jennifer was like “I hate you,” then made faces mocking Cassie as she spoke. I was cracking up the whole time. Emily’s too much!

Cassie got tired of the nonsense and slapped her silly.

Cassie: I don't have time for your crazy bullshit. There's too much at stake and my patience is gone.
Jennifer: Ethan Seki; venture capitalist, genius. That's who you're looking for. Has a gift. Knows things. When to invest. When not to.

Speaking of Ethan Seki (aka Ramse). We had been wondering why Ramse had not aged. Cassie might have it explained it by saying, “Maybe it’s Jones’ injections. You said they make it so time moves around you. Maybe they have an effect on cellular aging.” That works for me. What about you guys? Share your thoughts on this in the comments below.

While Ramse made his way to Project Splinter in the past, Deacon and the blue man group were forcing their way into the temporal facility in 2043. Those Kamikaze birds blocked the exhaust causing the core to overheat.

Meeting Jones’ ex-husband certainly was interesting. It was wonderful to discover that he was the one responsible for sending the English ivy forward in time. The red forest was finally explained.

Lab tech: Distortion of time and space and its effect on plants is considerable. Right, green to red? Organic matter in states of flux. You could kill anything that...
Jones: It'll work. It'll work.

In the end, Deacon and his mysterious blue pals entered the facility through the familiar tunnels. Did one of them manipulate time in order to kill that soldier? In the past, Cole and Cassie arrived at Raritan for the big standoff.

The final confrontation between Cole and Ramse was intense. It’s true that without his investments, Project Splinter would have never become a reality. “Time travel to create time travel.” That’s wild… mind blown! I loved that Ramse’s point of view was so clear, and though we think of him as the bad guy, in reality he’s doing what he thinks is right from his point of view. It’s all about those shades of grey with this series.

While I understand the blue hooded figures are those babies Olivia was looking at, it confused me to hear they represented the future. Are they beings outside of time? Guess we’ll learn more next season.

I also found it very interesting that when Cassie called Ramse the “Witness,” he responded by asking, “You think I’m the Witness?” So who is this person? The guy in the mask? Someone from Jones’ trials lost in time? That’s another question for Season 2. The shootout surprised me and both Cassie and Ramse ended up wounded. The big surprise was that Cole sent her to 2043 for help. Betcha weren’t expecting that one. Anyone else a tad disappointed the two didn’t kiss goodbye?

It was fascinating that as Olivia spoke of fate and Ramse dying on that day, Cole saved his friend, re-writing history in the process. Hadn’t the “Witness” spoken?

Watching Cassie arrive in 2043 was phenomenal, it’s not a moment I ever expected. In a season full of twists and turns, the writers dropped several final morsels in the finale. So, Jennifer released the virus, eh? Cassie should have slapped her harder!

What did you think of the 12 Monkeys Season 1 finale "Arms of Mine"? Were all your questions answered? Did you expect Cassie to time travel? What will become of Cole and Ramse in 2015? Who's the Witness? Your turn my fellow 12 Monkeys fanatics. Hit the comments below and share your thoughts on the finale and the season overall as well.

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12 Monkeys Season 1 Episode 13 Quotes

Cassie: I don't have time for your crazy bullshit. There's too much at stake and my patience is gone.
Jennifer: Ethan Seki; venture capitalist, genius. That's who you're looking for. Has a gift. Knows things. When to invest. When not to.

Cassie: Who are they?
Aaron: There's a woman, she's the only one I ever saw. They know it's coming. They're planning for it.
Cole: How do they release the virus?
Aaron: I don't know. They're preparing for something. She said it was the coming of the twelve.