Must Watch: 12 Monkeys' Amazing Coke-Fueled Himalayan Mummy Dance Party


Even apart from its many other delights, Syfy's decision to make a TV series of 12 Monkeys will have been worth it just for this weird-ass scene where businessmen wheel out a thousand-year-old frozen corpse in a Japanese nightclub. Now THAT's a party! Watch for yourself. » 3/30/15 4:15pm Today 4:15pm

Did 12 Monkeys Just Explain How Changing The Past Works?

Last Friday's episode of 12 Monkeys took a lot of audacious, dark risks. And it added to our sense that this show is piling on the mythos, in good ways and bad. There are now several extra layers of mystery and foreshadowing on top of what we already knew. But most importantly... did someone explain time travel? » 3/23/15 4:58pm 3/23/15 4:58pm

We Didn't Think 12 Monkeys Could Get Any Darker... But It Did

Syfy's time-travel show 12 Monkeys has a pretty grim premise, involving a plague apocalypse that kills 7 billion people and turns the world into a Hobbesian nightmare. But it can still get nastier than that, as last night's episode amply proved. Spoilers ahead... » 3/14/15 10:30am 3/14/15 10:30am

12 Monkeys Will Warp Your Timelines Again Next Year

Syfy's ambitious, creepy 12 Monkeys is getting another shot at preventing the plague-ridden future, with a second season airing in 2016. » 3/12/15 11:16am 3/12/15 11:16am

12 Monkeys Is Finally Offering A Real Choice Between Past And Future

I don't have that much to say about this past Friday's 12 Monkeys — it's a lot of set-up, and Cole and Cassandra both spend the whole episode spinning their wheels. But it does set up the show's first ever conflict between changing the past and actually building a plausible future. Spoilers ahead... » 3/09/15 4:00pm 3/09/15 4:00pm

Wow, Edward Snowden Is A Total Megadick On 12 Monkeys

We expected craziness, time-looping, wild schemes and plagues on Syfy's 12 Monkeys. But what we never saw coming was Evil Edward Snowden, who's so nihilistic he's willing to consider letting the human race brush up against extinction. Watch for yourself! » 2/28/15 3:00pm 2/28/15 3:00pm

The Time Travel In Syfy's 12 Monkeys Is Probably Not Going To Make Sense

Don't get me wrong — I'm still enjoying the hell out of 12 Monkeys. But last night's episode confirmed what I suspected from the pilot onwards. The time travel on this show is going to follow make-it-up-as-we-go-along rules, without much regard for logic. Typical television time travel, in other words. » 2/21/15 9:00am 2/21/15 9:00am

Holy Crap, 12 Monkeys Blew Our Minds All Over Again

Syfy's 12 Monkeys show may be concerned with stretching out a two-hour movie into an open-ended TV series, but it's definitely not dragging its feet. We're only five hours in, and the show's already burning (no pun intended) through a lot of plot. And it's already turned everything we thought we knew on its head. » 2/14/15 10:00am 2/14/15 10:00am

Is There Really Any Such Thing As A Do-Over On 12 Monkeys, After All?

Syfy's TV version of 12 Monkeys continues to play around with the question of whether Cole's time-travel is changing the past, or whether it "already happened." That ambiguity leads to some pretty interesting story possibilities, as last night's episode "Atari" demonstrates. Spoilers ahead... » 2/07/15 10:00am 2/07/15 10:00am

12 Monkeys' Heroes Both Do The Unforgivable, But We Still Root For Them

Last night's episode of 12 Monkeys went to an incredibly dark place, showing both Cole and Cassandra Railly doing things that are basically unforgivable. It's actually hard to say whose transgression was worse. And yet, we still manage to sympathize with both of them, which is kind of impressive. Spoilers ahead... » 1/31/15 11:00am 1/31/15 11:00am

The Biggest Surprise In Syfy's 12 Monkeys Is The 12 Monkeys Themselves

How do you turn an existentially comfortless movie about a futile journey from a post-apocalyptic future into the present day into an ongoing TV series? One way is to make the time travel less futile. But another is to create a really scary villain — and with its second episode, 12 Monkeys stars doing just that. » 1/24/15 5:55pm 1/24/15 5:55pm

Only A Time Traveler Could've Predicted Syfy's 12 Monkeys Would Be Good

It seemed like a totally preposterous idea: turn Terry Gilliam's weird, clever movie 12 Monkeys into an ongoing TV show. This seemed clearly doomed to suckitude. But in a totally implausible twist, the Monkeys show is actually surprisingly terrific. Spoilers ahead... » 1/17/15 2:03pm 1/17/15 2:03pm

What The 12 Monkeys Showrunner Learned From Writing For Terminator: SCC

Creating a TV show based on 12 Monkeys is a daunting prospect. There's the closed-ended movie storyline, plus all that twisty time-travel. Luckily, the showrunner of 12 Monkeys, Natalie Chaidez, was a writer for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She tells io9 what lessons from Terminator she brought to Monkeys. » 1/15/15 11:00am 1/15/15 11:00am

Bonkers GIFs Of Renaissance Art Remind Us Of Monty Python's Animations

Artist James Kerr, better known as Scorpion Dagger, creates utterly bonkers animated collages out of Renaissance paintings. They remind us of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations in the best way possible. » 11/06/14 3:00pm 11/06/14 3:00pm

Syfy's New 12 Monkeys Trailer Really Shows How Time Travel Is Hell

What's worse than living in a post-apocalyptic future where a plague has wiped out everyone? Traveling back in time to change things, only to discover that time travel is slippery and the past a lot more confusing than you realized. Welcome to Syfy's version of 12 Monkeys. » 10/30/14 11:54am 10/30/14 11:54am

Neil Marshall Explains What He Learned From The Films Of Terry Gilliam

Neil Marshall's film-making is wild and distinctive, from Dog Soldiers, Doomsday and The Descent to his episodes of Game of Thrones. He does chaos incredibly well. So we had to ask him: What did you learn from watching Terry Gilliam movies? » 10/01/14 12:30pm 10/01/14 12:30pm

Terry Gilliam's Work Is Way More Influential Than You Probably Realized

Terry Gilliam isn't just one of the weirdest directors ever to reach mainstream attention. Or one of the most prolific Monty Python alumni. He's also an incredibly influential director, who doesn't get the props he deserves. We talked to a bunch of people, including Looper director Rian Johnson, about Gilliam's… » 9/18/14 1:11pm 9/18/14 1:11pm

Terry Gilliam's The Zero Theorem Is a Grim Facebook Dystopia

In movies like Brazil and 12 Monkeys Terry Gilliam established himself as a master of the dystopian. With his new film The Zero Theorem, he's created a garish, repulsive social media future full of "happy" surveillance and overworked techies. It's a compelling vision, but the movie never quite lives up to its own… » 9/17/14 2:23pm 9/17/14 2:23pm

Terry Gilliam Talks About The Message Of Zero Theorem: "Wake Up!"

We caught up with Terry Gilliam recently to talk about his new film, Zero Theorem, a one size fits all, full gate, semi-vinyl motion picture on searching for the meaning in the face of impotence. He also told us which films left shrapnel in his soul, and why you should be fucking honest and cut the end off your story. » 9/15/14 5:50pm 9/15/14 5:50pm

I Can't Stop Staring At These Bizarre Gifs Of Vintage Photos

There's something comical and quaint about vintage black-and-white photos from 100 years ago. Until, that is, they come to life and start acting like a dream (or a horrendous nightmare.) Artist Kevin J. Weir turns old visions of the world into strange, surreal animations. » 9/15/14 3:00pm 9/15/14 3:00pm