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Susanne Kord

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781999334000

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781999334000.001.0001

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More Monkeys: The TV series

More Monkeys: The TV series

(p.83) 8. More Monkeys: The TV series
12 Monkeys

Susanne Kord

Liverpool University Press

This chapter mentions Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, the 12 Monkeys series' creators, who originally conceived the TV series simply as a time-travelling show with no relation to Terry Gilliam's film 12 Monkeys. It recounts how the 12 Monkeys series started out by ripping off the film's basic plot: a virus that wipes out the planet's population and a team of scientists from the future that send a man back in time to fix it all. It also points out how Cole's death at the airport, the original film's most traumatic scene and driver of its plot, was unceremoniously deleted in the 12 Monkeys series. The chapter discusses the basic premises that the 12 Monkeys series relies on, such as linear time. It explains the central theme of the moralistic drama of the ethical struggle between personal motives and the Greater Good.

Keywords:   12 Monkeys, Terry Gilliam, time travelling, linear time, traumatic scene, Greater Good

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