Tonight at 9, I’ll be where I’ve been every Friday night for the last couple months: glued to my TV watching 12 Monkeys on Syfy. Rumor has it that Tom Noonan will be returning tonight as a villain referred to as the Pallid Man. You can’t have a good show without a good villain, and Noonan can really rock the villainous roles. I’ve been a fan of his since he played serial killer Francis Dollarhyde in Michael Mann’s Manhunter.
Fans of Hell on Wheels will recognize Noonan as Nathaniel Cole, the preacher with a dark past. Cole tries to make peace between the local Native American tribes and the railroad workers who are encroaching on their territory. He also tried to steer series protagonist Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) away from his quest to avenge the deaths of his wife and son. When Bohannon is finally willing to listen to what the preacher has to say, he’s just a bit too late. You see, the Reverend Cole has been thwarted in his efforts to prevent a war between the whites and Native Americans. Certain elements in the Army have decided it’s going to happen regardless. So Cole reacts the way he would have before he found God: with violence. Enter Cullen Bohannon, seeking guidance only moments after Cole has gone off the rails (see what I did there, a little railroad humor for you) and decapitated one of the Army officers. Check out this scene:
Damn, that scene blows me away every time I see it. Tom Noonan is amazing. And Anson Mount really kicks ass in this scene too. His expression is priceless. Definitely some amazing acting.
If you haven’t been watching 12 Monkeys, there are three episodes left in the season. There’s still time to get caught up by watching the previous episodes on the Syfy website, or Syfy On-Demand. And Hell on Wheels is also worth seeing. The first two seasons are available for streaming on Netflix. As for me, I still have to get caught up on FX’s The Americans, I’m three episodes behind on that. Too much TV, too little time.