'The Passage': First look at Fox's sci-fi vampire thriller reveals an action packed start

Based on Justin Cronin's best-selling book, The Passage's trailer brilliantly showcases the story about to unfold on Fox come January 14


                            'The Passage': First look at Fox's sci-fi vampire thriller reveals an action packed start

Fox's upcoming show 'The Passage' promises a lot with its trailer, which encompasses within just a few minutes exactly why the series can be a unique joyride into the underbelly wilderness of science and technology.

Based on Justin Cronin's best-selling book by the same name, the trailer brilliantly showcases the story about to unfold on screens, courtesy executive producer Ridley Scott.

But for everyone still not convinced that this vampire thriller is possibly going to change the game for apocalyptic science fiction adaptations, the first look photos and a new promo might just do the job.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brad Wolgast (L) and breakout young actress Saniyya Sidney as Amy Belfonte in the trailer of 'The Passage.' Source: Youtube screenshot
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brad Wolgast (L) and breakout young actress Saniyya Sidney as Amy Belfonte in the trailer of 'The Passage.' Source: Youtube screenshot

The official synopsis of the show describes it as: “The Passage is an epic, character‐driven thriller about a secret government medical facility experimenting with a dangerous virus that could either cure all disease or cause the downfall of the human race. The series focuses on a 10‐year‐old girl named Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney), who is chosen to be a test subject for this experiment and Brad Wolgast (Gosselaar), the federal agent who becomes her surrogate father as he tries to protect her.”

Saniyya Sidney in THE PASSAGE. Source: FOX
Saniyya Sidney in THE PASSAGE. Source: FOX

The cast also brags of other familiar names in the industry, like Vincent Piazza as Clark Richards, Brianne Howey as Shauna Babcock, Jamie McShane as Dr. Tim Fanning, Caroline Chikezie as Dr. Major Nichole Sykes and Emmanuelle Chriqui as Dr. Lila Kyle.

The pilot, which airs on Monday, Jan. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), has been directed by Jason Ensler ('The Exorcist') and Marcos Siega, and this is where we should warn readers of some major spoiler alerts ahead because Fox has also revealed the synopsis for the first three episodes, and let's just say that the action picks up right from the start. 

Caroline Chikezie (M) in THE PASSAGE. Source: Fox
Caroline Chikezie (M) in THE PASSAGE. Source: Fox

The pilot is set to focus around Project Noah, laying down the basics about the risky experiment the government has undertaken. We find out about Federal Agent Wolgast and our other little protagonist, Amy.

"But, after meeting Amy, Brad’s loyalties to Project NOAH are tested and ultimately, he tries to protect her at any cost," reveals the network.

Soon drama ensues and results in both the characters getting wounded in the second episode titled “You Owe Me a Unicorn” - that's set to air on Monday, January 21.

Jamie McShane in THE PASSAGE. Source: Fox
Jamie McShane in THE PASSAGE. Source: Fox

"Brad and Amy continue on the run from Richards (Vincent Piazza) and attempt to seek refuge with an elusive, ex-military instructor of Brad’s (guest star Kecia Lewis), while Lila tries to help from afar," mentions the Network.

"Meanwhile, at Project NOAH, Dr. Lear (Henry Ian Cusick) reflects on the decisions that compelled him to involve Fanning (Jamie McShane) in his research, and testing of the virus on Anthony Carter (McKinley Belcher III) begins, as the epidemic in China spreads and the race for a cure intensifies."

Vincent Piazza (L) and Caroline Chikezie (R) in THE PASSAGE. Source: Fox.
Vincent Piazza (L) and Caroline Chikezie (R) in THE PASSAGE. Source: Fox.

Things get even murkier in the third episode, "That Never Should Have Happened To You” airing on Monday, January 28. "After being brought to Project NOAH, Brad strikes a deal with Sykes (Caroline Chikezie) and Richards to stay with Amy as testing of the virus on her begins. Meanwhile, on 4B, Richards makes a decision about Babcock (Brianne Howey) that leads him to learn how she ended up on death row to begin with."

As the show unfolds plot twists further, as expected, things take a much darker turn than anticipated, as the virus infiltrates the subjects with monstrous abilities, psychic powers, and bloodthirst, helping all of them break out of their confinement and wreak havoc upon all of Northern America.

Yet somehow, Amy comes out of this unscathed and unaffected by any of the virus' side effects; and this is pretty much what sets off the sequence of events in the original books by Cronin, as we will see in the upcoming Fox show.

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