'The Passage' season 1: In a sea of bloodsuckers and power-hungry fools, Brad and Amy are the only hope for humanity
While the show merges the supernatural, sci-fi, and dystopia, it has managed to portray a distinction between monsters and ambitious fools, and their more humanized counterparts.
This may contain spoilers for The Passage season 1 episode 5: How Are You Gonna Outrun the World?
Fox's ongoing show 'The Passage' brought Justin Cronin's trilogy of the same name to life on the TV screen and has so far done a pretty neat job with paced out action and simplistic storytelling. But while the show mingles three different burning genres of supernatural, sci-fi, and dystopia, it has also managed to portray a clear distinction between monsters and ambitious fools, and their more humanized counterparts. With most of the show's characters falling into the first two categories, the last one has spots reserved by the two protagonists - Amy Bellafonte and her savior, Brad Wolgast.
Talking about monsters with superhuman strengths, 'The Passage' revolves around the story of a medical trial gone wrong in the attempt of seeking a cure for all of humanity's diseases. Called Project NOAH, the trial involved 12 subjects who were injected with a virus from a South American bat that's also believed to be the origins of the vampire legend. While this virus did manage to provide superhuman abilities to the subjects, the power came in the form of immense strength and vampiric bloodthirst, turning these 'virals' into scientifically created 'vampires' of sorts.
Among those turned is the project's pioneer, Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane) whose turning was the first exhibit of these vampiric powers spreading through non-fatal attacks or bites. But as much as Fanning would like to believe that he has all the other virals under his control, the latest episode proves that is not the case. Fellow turned vampire and test subject Winston (Bett Gentile) who was a death row inmate was seen attacking the controlling medical expert of the twelve test subjects, thus killing the puppet master in the last episode and breaking free of the confinement of experiment. Shauna Babcock (Brianne Howey) has also been seen attacking those unaffected and if their powers and moves are an example of how potent these virals are, then there's a massive storm coming.
Yet the havoc was initiated by ambitious fools who delved into the project with the mindset of finding a cure to diseases but went astray once the hunger for power overtook them. Take for example Fanning, he was the one who started the medical experiment and to prove how much control he exercises on these turned virals, he ended up getting bitten and eventually turned by one of them. Similarly, Dr. Daniel Pet (Alain Uy) was the self-proclaimed puppet master controlling the virals, mocking what they had become and fully supporting the prospect of weaponizing the monsters, and he too met his downfall when one of them bit him in the proverbial a** (literal neck) and ended his life.
Compounding this chaos is the newest antagonizing addition of Horace Guilder (James Le Gros), the social weapons head whose brainchild was the idea to turn these virals into weapons. However, by the looks of the recent developments, Amy (Saniyya Sidney) could be the one who takes him down as she is the only test subject remaining unscathed from the virus' side effects and acquiring telepathic powers instead. And this is what truly makes the orphaned 10-year-old girl 'the most important girl in the world' as she is the last remaining hope of humanity salvaging the chaos brought on by power-hungry monsters and what they have created.
But it isn't Amy solely who is on this path towards peace, aiding her, and protecting her at the same time is special agent Wolgast (Mark Paul Gosselaar) who went against his employers to offer Amy asylum while the two are on the run from Project NOAH's authorities. Seeing Wolgast's cold, awkward nature transform into a paternal figure was equal parts touching and interesting because initially he was tasked with the job of bringing this girl to Project NOAH. And this restores some moiety of faith in humanity because, in a word full of warmongers and chaos, hope and comfort always lie in the form of one person ready to take the fall for righteousness.
'The Passage' returns on February 18, at 9/8c only on Fox.