12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Lullaby

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There are only a handful of episodes left, but this was another near perfect episode.

I've given out so many '5 stars' this season, I totally understand it if you feel I'm too biased to be reviewing this series. 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 8 was not only a thrill ride, but it was one of those hours that tugs at our heartstrings as well.

I loved the reboot/restart plot device. It was distorted enough to be unrecognizable.

Foster's Back - 12 Monkeys

That cold open was not only sad, but quite shocking as well. I mean, it was clear Jones meant she, herself, had to die in order to stop time travel, but Cassie shooting her so quickly surprised me. Not that this new Cassie didn't have it in her, mind you. More like what will happen for the next 40 minutes? That's right... Groundhog Day, baby!

Only on a brilliant series like this, can an installment reboot itself and keep us riveted waiting for the right combination of events to take place. What were Cassie and Cole doing wrong? I had no frakkin' idea, which is one of the reason's 12 Monkeys is so damn special... it's totally unpredictable.

You're along for ride, yet you trust the writers to deliver those twists and turns you never saw coming. Man, if we don't get a third season I'm going to be pissed. I just can't understand why people are not watching this show. Can you explain it to me?

Barbara Sukowa got a chance to share her lovely singing voice, as well as read a little Shakespeare. Wasn't it extraordinary how Hamlet’s famous soliloquy fit perfectly with Jones' story? This show's a masterpiece. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. Hat's off to you Sean Tretta (writer of this particular episode). You're the man!

So, Katarina came clean about her latest plan, but Cole wasn't having it.

I sent Cassie back to Spearhead 2020 with the explicit instruction to end my life, and so destroy the creation of time travel.

Jones

You've got to admit, it made perfect sense. The only real question was why didn't Jones think of it sooner?

Still, something had to backfire in order for the series to move forward, right? Again, I found myself at the edge of my seat trying to figure out what that could be and how it would be explained. Never did I imagine an anomaly might come into play.

Anyone else feel confused when Cassie reappeared in 2020 in a gas mask? The fun was just getting started, folks.

Of course, once the scene played out we soon realized she was stuck in a loop. Time was playing its little game.

I loved meeting a younger, almost less corrupt version of Foster. It's just so cool when those familiar faces pop up in different timelines.

Good thing it didn't take Cole long to meet up with Cassie. She did have to convince him she already killed Jones. Poor Jonesy, I lost count of how many times they killed her throughout the hour.

Jennifer welcoming Cassie with a great big hug was terrific. It meant she remembered their adventure together in 2016, but it still took her a moment to place which version of them she was dealing with.

Yup, the Hyenas came up again, but since Cole had no clue what Jennifer was talking about it meant they hadn't been there. I'm guessing we'll learn more about all this soon, since next week's episode is titled... you guessed it, Hyenas.

Interestingly enough, it was Jennifer who made the whole reboot thing make sense. Is that crazy, or what?

I think it would have been too repetitious for Cassie to keep killing Jones, so when she got wounded, it was Cole's turn to take out Jonesy. Reset!

Could this episode have been more fun? Seriously, sci-fi fans not tuning in have no idea what they're missing.

Cole: Look, I shot her to save you. It just jumped us back here. We need to figure out why this is happening.
Cassie: Then figure it out. My mission is the same.

How could Cassie's mission be the same? She couldn't just keep killing Jones indefinitely, right?

Once she took the time to speak to Jones, we learned that Hannah was immune. What?!? Man, this was getting good. Then... Restart!

I've got to say, though the pacing was frenetic it just made the installment all the more fascinating. "Lullaby" has got to be one of the most well-written/directed episodes of the entire series.

Even riding out the day made no difference. At this point, I still had no clue what would get our heroes out of the loop. Did you have any idea?

Cole's confession was a massive moment, "The only world I ever gave a damn about was the one with you in it." Awwww, so would the two finally kiss? Not so much... Reboot time!

Yeah, I was absolutely loving the teases. For those frustrated that Cole and Cassie have been kept apart all season, this episode certainly brought them closer than ever to revealing their feelings for one another.

Will our heroes find happiness together this season? Is it in the cards? I've got my fingers crossed.

Jennifer didn't make things easy on Cole, did she? "You need to do something, but nothing," she instructed him. Huh? That said, it was amazing to hear her make sense of some of the events we've already seen play out. Along with all the gibberish, our favorite nutbar was making sense.

Cole getting the four of them killed by firing squad was worth a shot, but no luck. Reset!

Watching Cole and Cassie return to 2044 confused me some more, but not as much as Jones claiming their tethers were caught in a perpetual slingshot. Could that be right? Was time not on their side after all?

Cole: For you to create time travel, you had to lose Hannah or at least believe that you did.
Cassie: Jones, we changed the timeline.

Though we learned Hannah was immune, I can't say I saw her survival being the catalyst for stopping the loop. Jones' only daughter's death has been such a major part of this story, I couldn't help tear up when she walked out of those woods.

The twists are not only mind-blowing on this show, but ridiculously emotional. There's no sci-fi series out there that gets to me on the level 12 Monkeys does. The last one was Fringe. It's a family drama cleverly wrapped up in a timey-wimey bow.

I was a blubbering mess in those brief moments with Jones and Hannah. By the way, I've seen the episode three times now and cried each time. What could their relationship possibly be like now?

Cole reaching for Cassie's hand, and the two of them finally connecting was everything. Can you believe she said, "This can't happen?" Terry and Sean, you guys are killin' us. There better be an insane payoff in the finale, or you're going to have some pretty unhappy campers.

Titan eventually came up again, and we learned Cassie and Ramse are headed there to find The Witness. I can't imagine the Witness will be that easy to kill, can you? Who the hell is it, any new guesses?

What did you think of "Lullaby"? Were the reboots fun or frustrating? Did the Hannah twist blow your mind? Does it bug you that Cassie walked away from Cole, after he poured his heart out to her? Your turn, hit the comments below and share your thoughts with us.

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NOTE: 12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 9 is titled "Hyena" and airs on June 13.

Lullaby Review

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12 Monkeys Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

Cole: Look, I shot her to save you. It just jumped us back here. We need to figure out why this is happening.
Cassie: Then figure it out. My mission is the same.

I sent Cassie back to Spearhead 2020 with the explicit instruction to end my life, and so destroy the creation of time travel.

Jones