The Passage: 3 heartbreaking moments from the Fox series


The second episode of The Passage trades in the high-stakes action scenes from the premiere for quieter character-building ones.

With the world of The Passage established and the deleterious agenda of Project NOAH revealed, The Passage takes the time to slow things down and establish characterization for its main characters by showing what choices from their pasts have lead them to where they are in the present.

Lacy gets shot

Wolgast’s last hope for assistance and a safe place to regroup comes in the shape of his former mentor, a survivalist named Lacy. She taught Brad land warfare during their shared tenure in the Navy.

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It is notable and darkly ironic that the show decided to introduce a woman who grows her own food and keeps a well-stocked arsenal inside of her home only to kill her off within minutes of meeting her.

Given her shared past with Brad, it helps us to flesh out his character to know he came from a world of violence, strategy, and the necessity for quick-thinking. Lacy’s death was shocking, unnecessary, and heartbreaking all at the same time.

I wish we had gotten to spend more time with her character. Though I mourn more for what could have been rather than what was since we were barely given time to form an emotional attachment to her.

THE PASSAGE: L-R: Henry Ian Cusick and McKinley Belcher III in the “You Owe Me a Unicorn” episode of THE PASSAGE airing Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.© 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Erika Doss / FOX.

Doctor Jonas visits his wife

In an episode primarily about character-building, we discover the real reason Jonas is so driven to get this cure for mankind created. His wife is currently hospitalized with Alzheimer’s and he is forced to watch her mind further deteriorate on a regular basis. Even though his work is controversial at best and outrageously dangerous and inhumane at its worst, it’s still hard not to feel sorry for him when he sits at her bedside hoping for a glimmer of recognition.

All of his hopes are pinned on Anthony Carter at the moment, especially since Jonas is having doubts about forcing a child to go through the rigors of the drug testing. Carter appears to take to the vaccine with a verve and vigor unprecedented in prior candidates, especially if the cages filled with dead-eyed vampiric beings is any indication.

Except, Carter has been having dreams about Tim Fanning. A former Project NOAH doctor who is clearly not as incognizant as he looks. He repeats a message from his subconscious from Fanning to Jonas, that he has already changed the world he just has to wait and see. This is likely in reference to Jonas inadvertently creating a medically induced version of vampires. What exactly does Fanning have planned?

THE PASSAGE: Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the “You Owe Me a Unicorn” episode of THE PASSAGE airing Monday, Jan. 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.© 2019 FOX Broadcasting. Cr: Erika Doss / FOX.

Amy refuses to leave Brad

Right when you think Amy may get away and Brad will be killed or taken into custody, she reappears and repeats the episode’s tagline – “You don’t leave me and I don’t leave you.” A rule Amy established as repayment for Brad taking care of her. She sure is a brave little girl.

Although I admit it was a little foolish of her since it rendered Brad’s grand sacrifice as pointless since now both of them are in captivity. But the gesture is genuine and in reality it probably is better for the two of them to stay together.

Lila never agreed to be part of this and as a doctor, she doesn’t have the same resources to take care of Amy that Brad does. Sure they could get on for a while on their own but where would they go? There was no back-up plan in place and Lila is ill-equipped to take on the might of Project NOAH once they got on her trail.

In the clutches of Brad’s rival, Clark Richards, how will Amy and Brad escape? Will they escape at all? I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

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Miscellaneous Thoughts

  • Lila and Brad sharing a kiss was a pretty predictable moment but I’m not mad about it.
  • The way Brad has taken to his surrogate father role towards Amy is adorable but his acclimation is a little too fast to be believable. The two of them haven’t been together long at all yet might as well be father/daughter already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m endeared, but it’s almost like Brad wanted to kidnap Amy just to be his replacement kid.
  • I’ll never understand why the bad guys put the hostages in the same van. If you really wanted to make sure they didn’t escape wouldn’t you separate them?
  • I was totally rooting for Babcock to kill that misogynistic cell guard.

A new episode of The Passage titled “That Never Should Have Happened to You” airs, January 28th on FOX. 

Are you sad Lacy died? Were you shocked when Babcock killed the prison guard? What do you think Doctor Fanning’s plans are? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!