Re: 12 Monkeys pilot greenlit by Syfy
Like I said, "seems to suggest". That leaves plenty of room for leeway.
They sent Jose to push Cole in the direction they wanted him to go in. They presumably sent Jones to continue to gather intelligence (perhaps obtain/analyze a sample of the virus).
We can't say whether Cole easily could have succeeded because we don't know whether he could have succeeded.
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