Friday Syfy premieres its new drama 12 Monkeys
. The series is based on the film of the same name, and although the overarching plot comes from the film, the result is rather unique and definitely stands on it's own. The pilot sets up the series, and does take a bit from the film, but then it branches off.
The series follows Cole (Aaron Stanford), who is sent back in time by a group of scientists to stop a virus that kills most of humanity. Cole travels back and forward in time to try to save the world. He is helped in his past (2015), where the main part of the story takes place, by Dr. Cassandra Railley (Amanda Schull). The two follow clues to try to figure out what started the deadly chain of events.
Meanwhile in 2043 the scientists, led by Jones (Barbara Sukowa), comb through clues that Cole reveals, while also dealing with their own bleak reality.