The Passage Season 1 episode 5 review: Amy Bellafonte is special, her newfound superpower makes her a hero

Dr Sykes has a change of heart, just like Brad Wolgast had, and that's because Amy Bellafonte is not only special, she is also a superhero


                            The Passage Season 1 episode 5 review: Amy Bellafonte is special, her newfound superpower makes her a hero

It wasn't just Lacey Antoine (Kecia Lewis) who got the "stirring" this episode, even we did. 

Dystopia has set in, emotions are soaring and action has scaled to a whole new level. End of the world prophecies loomed heavily in the episode titled 'How You Gonna Outrun the End of the World?' and the answer to the question is still unanswered.

Beginning with a plan to escape the Project Noah facility at the arrival of the villain, Horace Guilder, the government director who switched from the health department to the department of special weapons, Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney), are aided by Dr. Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie), in a not-so-surprising turn of events.

She had always been skeptical about using Amy in the viral experiment, but thinking that it's for the eventual good she agreed on the idea, until Guilder walked in and pitched that the virals aka the vampires, can be used as a special weapon in the military. Baffled by the objective and idea, Sykes turn into Amy's confidant as Wolgast is held hostage by Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza).

But the aided escape is hindered. The viral is on the loose. And it isn't just any viral. It is Winston, the sheer evil one, who not only provoked Paulson to cause mass-shooting in the last episode, but also was on death row for raping and murdering a woman. He talks about "whores" and plays dirty mind-trick. It can be said with certainty that out of all the virals we've met so far, Winston has been the most sinister.

We'll go easy on Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane) because this episode gave us something to love about and hate about Patient Zero. Skin paler than I recall, veins even more bulgier on the face and eyes yellower than an egg yolk, Tim Fanning was the hero and villain all at once.

This fifth episode was Fanning's turn for a heartwarming backstory, and it had to do with love. The "genius" scientist was very much in love with Elizabeth,  Dr. Jonas Lear's (Henry Ian Cusick) wife, who is now an Alzheimer's patient. Finally appearing in Lear's mind, Fanning disclosed the reason why he loathes his once dear friend. First of all was the regret that Lear did not kill him when he got infected, and instead turned him into an experiment, and secondly, he lost Elizabeth to Lear and his ego was forever wounded.

Fanning was a revered scientist, who had women wooing him and a collection of cars to impress anyone. But his eyes was set on Elizabeth, who had a fling with him once, and Lear knew about it. However, for Fanning, he never really got over her. Cussing Lear for letting Elizabeth succumb to the disease, Fanning takes his own call to visit her telepathically, and possesses a facility worker to inject Elizabeth with the virus, something that Lear would never do to his wife.

That seems to have temporarily worked since Elizabeth could recognize Lear when he visited her in the care center. But we do know the outcome will be nothing short of a nightmare, as we said above, a dystopian setting has dawned. Lacey looked up in the sky and told Lila (Emmanuelle Chriqui) that judgment day is near, something terrible is bound to happen and her "stirring" is to protect Amy no matter what.



 

But the tables have turned, it's not Amy who needs protection, she is the protector.

When the viral goes on the loose, Winston attacks Wolgast, ready to tear his body into two and dig his fangs into his neck, Amy's scream manifested as a supersonic wave, throws off the viral and scaring the hell out of him.

The viral killed the wanna-be smarta** scientist, who tried to prove to Guilder that he could control the virals in an experiment gone wrong. There's not much to mourn about his death here, except question why it was not Guilder instead. Maybe because more bad things are coming, and Lila's sudden kidnapping when praying in the secured halls of the church makes us believe that even god has forsaken the world that is bound to seep into darkness. The silver lining is Amy's superpower: reading minds, running fast and throwing off villains just with a shriek.

Anthony Carter has warned Wolgast for Amy's sake but he questions how can anyone outrun the end of the world?



 

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