If you’re regular member of this eclectic salon we call The Grail, chances are you’re also a big fan of Terry Gilliam. For me it’s difficult to pick my favorite Gilliam film, but 12 Monkeys is definitely among the top 3.
Which is why I have mixed feelings about this recently released trailer for the upcoming serialized version of 12 Monkeys, premiering on SyFy next fall:
It’s not so much that I’m ranting about the shameless recycling of yesteryear classics –after all, Battlestar Galactica was a masterful adaptation– but nowhere in the trailer is the delightfully quirky humor that is such a big part of Gilliam’s style; from the looks of it, SyFy is aiming straight for the dark, dystopic side of the story in a very serious way –maybe too serious. C’mon, SyFy! If the whole world’s going to hell due to the outbreak of an engineered virus, why not have a few laughs while we’re at it?
Or maybe all that was needed to get me on board was… this.