The first trailer for Syfy’s ‘12 Monkeys‘ made a lot of people either love or hate the Syfy adaptation of the series even before it premiered. Now we’ve got the first nine minutes of the premiere episode to really whet your appetite. The source material from Terry Gilliam’s 1995 classic will be used, but it is already clear that the new series will be going in its own direction.

With less than two weeks for the full pilot to air, I can’t help but think Syfy was on the right track to release this early as I was a little up in the air on wanting to commit to the show from just the trailer alone. Now I really want to see ’12 Monkeys.’ You can check out the teaser below.

In the intro, we clearly see information about the plague that nearly wipes out humanity and what the survivors are up to. Then we see James Cole preparing to hit the “reset switch” in order to allow us all to live as he is sent back to the present from 2043.

The future is a pure dystopian society though they still cling to the hope of getting life back to normal if they can just prevent the virus from ever wiping out humanity in the first place.

Shortly after, we are introduced to Railly who is a virologist in the present day timeline. Cole kidnaps her while looking for the man that is responsible for the outbreak – Leland Frost. Yes, we now know who caused the end of the world right off the bat and not just that a vague terrorist group is believed to be at fault.

Obviously with a clear antagonist, a fluid timeline, and the lack of downright weirdness of the original movie we’re going to be on an entirely different course here. Will this be able to surpass the love of the original film or not even be able to hold a candle to it? Share your thoughts below!


12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, is coming to Syfy in January 2015.

It stars Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2), Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars), Noah Bean (Nikita,Damages) and Kirk Acevedo (Fringe) and follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

’12 Monkeys’ will air Friday nights at 9pm ET on the Syfy network beginning January 16th. 

Source: Giant Freakin Robot