If you’re missing the twists and turns of USA Network's Colony, we don’t blame you. And even though the critically acclaimed series is returning for a second season, we understand if you need a new high-quality, thought-provoking sci-fi series to help pass the time until its return in 2017. Enter 12 Monkeys, which comes back to Syfy for a second season on Apr. 18 and should help you with any Colony withdrawals you may be currently experiencing.
In 12 Monkeys, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) is a man from 2043 who is sent back in time to stop a malevolent organization known as the Army of the 12 Monkeys from destroying the world. Joining forces with Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schull) in the present day, he must untangle a centuries-old conspiracy, while learning about the catastrophic consequences of time travel.
Here’s why we think you should be watching Syfy’s 12 Monkeys to fill the Colony-sized (albeit, temporary) hole in your life.
1. Both shows take on current issues.
In a recent interview with USA Network, Colony co-creator Carlton Cuse explained that the best science fiction is a mirror of current society. Both Colony and 12 Monkeys have a really smart take on what's happening right now, even though they're both set in other times -- which is especially true of 12 Monkeys, which hops around between the past and the future!
2. Alliances are key.
Loyalty plays a huge role in both shows. Part of what makes Colony so exciting is that you get to watch as the characters choose sides -- and sometimes play both sides. If you like that aspect of the story, then you’ll really love the surprising alliances that develop in 12 Monkeys.
3. There's a lot to think about.
If you enjoy how Colony constantly makes you theorize what's going on, the puzzles in 12 Monkeys will be a welcome addition to your ponderings -- especially with how the series handles time travel.
4. Both shows reward observant viewers.
Attentive minds are rewarded in 12 Monkeys, just as they are in Colony. By following closely each week, you’ll see the plot unravel with new details that will enrich your viewing experience. Plus, who doesn't love to catch a Back to the Future Easter egg here and there?
5. The critics dig it.
6. You can expect memorble guest stars.
Colony had some illustrious guest stars, and the same is totally true in 12 Monkeys. Brendan Coyle from Downtown Abbey (Bates!), Brian Quinn and James Murray from Impractical Jokers, and Battlestar Galactica's Michael Hogan are among the many cameos you'll see in season two!
7. A larger force is in charge.
There are higher powers in both shows that pit the indiviual struggle against larger forces within their compelling storylines. In Colony, it's the Occupation, and in 12 Monkeys, the higher power is time itself. Both scenarios leave you asking, What would I do?
8. The hair!
Oh yeah, and Josh Holloway and Aaron Stanford, the stars of Colony and 12 Monkeys respectively, will give you some serious hair envy.