'The Passage' Season 1 episode 8 review: Amy and Fanning square off telepathically as she chooses between being human and turning viral
This episode was all about how there's no buying Amy's loyalty, if your pursuit doesn't serve the greater good, no matter how expert a manipulator one might be
This article contains spoilers for 'The Passage' season 1 episode 8: 'You Are Not That Girl Anymore'
With just a two-hour-long finale to go for the debut season of Fox's 'The Passage' to come to a close, tension and anticipation build up as we see the authorities at Project NOAH try to win over Amy's (Saniyya Sidney) alliance, in their attempt to rule humanity.
The latest and eighth episode of this season, titled 'You Are Not That Girl Anymore,' only further established the fact that no matter how expert a manipulator and how intimidating a figure one might be, there's no buying Amy's loyalty if your pursuit doesn't serve the greater good. And all of this integrity coming from a 10-year-old is commendable, especially considering all the temptations she was lured with on the way.
The official synopsis of the episode reveals: "As Amy experiences symptoms of the virus that indicate she is close to turning, Brad (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) brings everyone together, and Lila (Emmanuelle Chiriqui) and Dr. Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie) race to perfect an anti-viral medicine to save her from Dr. Tim Fanning [Jamie McShane]." And all of those plots pan out with their due action brilliantly, tying more than just a few loose ends and laying down the fact that there is no taking over Amy.
First things first, Amy is in captivity. After being injected with the same vampire virus that turned the other subjects into bloodthirsty, superhuman vampires, Amy is now blessed with telepathic powers - exactly the reason those in Project NOAH, are trying ot utilize her full potential as a human weapon.
We see Dr. Fanning trying to manipulate her as he dives into her mind, engaging in a telepathic conversation with her, about the role Brad has played in her life. But as Fanning discusses Brad's attempts at rescuing Amy from Project NOAH, in reality, we find her lying unconscious and trapped in a bed, as the new bad guy - Horace Guilder (James Le Gros) - supervises her.
In other news, Brad and his ex-wife, Lila, are teaming up with Dr. Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza) to rescue Amy, as Horace informs the rest of the people working for Project NOAH that they are all fired. Dr. Sykes also intervened in Horace's plans of holding Amy hostage, as she starts exhibiting symptoms of turning into a viral - the vampires that other test subjects have turned into - but Horace rebuffs Dr. Sykes and shuts her up.
With all of this simultaneously going on, it's Fanning and Amy's telepathic conversation that emerges as the biggest takeaway from this episode because of how clearly it establishes Amy's grounding as "the cure" for the planet.
The setup of the scene adds to the aesthetic of it all, as Dr. Fanning tries to penetrate into the brighter-than-sunshine reality that Amy's subconscious has construed, while the two of them telepathically communicate. In classic Fanning style, he tries to sneak some answers out of Amy in her semi-conscious daze, but in true Amy style, she answers them all with just the right amount of sass and poise - something we have grown to adore so deeply about her so far.
In their silent conversation, Fanning warns Amy that "when you become what I am and what Carter is (both of them are virals at this point in the show), it takes moxie and I had to make sure that he could tap into that power, that he was ready." And knowing Amy's maturity and wisdom, of course, she knows what exactly is going on, so she plays it ignorant, asking “Ready for what?”
The next words coming out of Fanning's mouth are alarming, and raise caution about the premise of the plot, teasing that havoc and destruction are inevitable. So, as Fanning answers Amy saying "The end is near, my dear,” Amy delivers what has been among the coolest lines on the show so far, “I don’t do riddles, dude. Just say what you mean,” she states in a casual, nonchalant tone.
This right there not only shows how alert Amy's subconscious is, but also shows sheer bravery and conviction on her part. Sure, some might call that a bit precocious for a 10-year-old, but then again, we have expected no less of Amy who was stranded by her father, when her mother died from an accident. And this is all the hope we are clinging on to, after that tension-addled note the episode ended on.
Without spoiling much, what happened is that despite Brad and Sykes' collective effort to stall Amy's system from turning her into a viral, it all depended on her to decide what she wanted to be. And even those she chose to stick with the kickass human she is now, escaped viral Martinez managed to set all the other restrained virals free from their cells.
The big question right now is the threat posed to those in Project NOAH's premises, whether Amy's telepathic powers and latent viral instincts such as strength, will be enough to take down the rest of the virals from wreaking havoc on humanity. To find out, tune into 'The Passage' as it returns with episode 9 - the first half of its two-hour long finale - on Monday, March 11, at 9/8c only on Fox.