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12 Monkeys Scene 12

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Scene 12

Scene 12

  • We cut to a university building, and a location caption informs us it's Baltimore, 1996. Thanks, location caption, you are always there when we need you.
  • In a lecture hall, Dr. Railly is giving a presentation on madness and apocalyptic visions. At one point, she mentions a soldier from World War I who gibbered nonsense about some disease that would wipe out humanity in 1996.
  • The picture shows a man who looks striking similar to Jose.
  • (She also mentions something called the "Cassandra Complex," but let's put a pin on that until we get to the "Symbols and Tropes" section.)
  • At the book signing, a man named Dr. Peters asks Railly to sign his book. He thinks she has given alarmists a bad name, since the world cannot survive the "excesses of the human race."
  • After the event, Railly walks to her car, but a man leaps out of the shadows and forces himself into the car with her. Claiming to have a gun, he coerces her into driving him to Philadelphia.
  • She says he can have the car, but he says he doesn't know how to drive—this guy was raised underground since he was eight years old.
  • Railly realizes her abductor is James Cole. Surprise.

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