Happy Tuesday TV fans! After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 3, Clark reminded us that “nobody gets over anything” and that “they say time helps, but it doesn’t.” However, does that mean we stop trying? Is it possible to save a lost cause? Maybe not, but if we stop trying, do we lose our own humanity in the process? Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “That Never Should Have Happened to You,” we get a glimpse into Shauna Babcock’s past, revealing quite a lot about who she was before Project Noah. Meanwhile, Lila tries to get some answers, Lacey’s fate is revealed, Amy gets a new pen pal, and Brad comes face to face with Fanning. My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 3 are:
“Why do you think she made that choice?”
After Shauna took a bite out of Simmons, the rest of Project Noah begins to discuss this behavior and what it means. They quickly realize that this was personal for Shauna, as Simmons had been tormenting her for a while and she also chose not to harm the squirmy janitor. So was it out of revenge or does Shauna have heightened intelligence? The scientists on the team are eager to find out, but Dr. Lear reminds them that this will not “fix the nightmares problem.” Clark does not want to rehash this; however, as he agrees that the threat should be eliminated and Shauna should be put down. But is Clark able to deal with his own inner turmoil right now?
“You might be the most important little girl in the world.”
After Brad and Amy arrive at Project Noah, Amy is not reacting well to the doctors surrounding her. Dr. Sykes tries a calmer approach and explains that Amy could save so many people and that she promises that nothing will happen to her. But can she really make a promise like that? It seems like Dr. Sykes is having doubts as well like Dr. Lear, but she understands that she can save millions of lives if she succeeds. But can she deal with the consequences of the lives she has ruined? I’m still looking forward to seeing her character explored further and I’m sure we will get there, but it’s clear that Amy has a major role to play here.
“What are we not gonna do? Panic.”
During this episode, Brad promises that he will not leave Amy. The bond between these two continues to grow and it’s really almost like Brad is now Amy’s father. He even looks for monsters in the closet and under the bed, which is adorable, except we know that there are real monsters lurking within the walls of Project Noah. Brad is determined to protect Amy, but is he a match for Fanning? Perhaps he may need a little bit of help here.
“He’s gonna come for her.”
Later on, the janitor warns Brad that Fanning is going to come for Amy. I’m not sure if Fanning recognizes Amy’s potential here or just wants to eliminate a possible new threat, but he is definitely fixated on her presence. Dr. Lear and Brad somewhat join forces, as they try to figure out what Fanning wants. Brad hilariously asks Dr. Lear, “Why don’t you just call them vampires?” This is a valid point for sure. I mean, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…it’s science? Dr. Lear is a scientist at heart and says there is no such thing as vampires, but he does realize that his old friend is very dangerous and communicating on another level with the other subjects and with people inside Project Noah. We know that Fanning wants to be free and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal, but he now has Brad in his way. At the end of the episode, Fanning finally appears in Brad’s dream and warns him to stay out of his way, but will Brad listen?
“Is it gonna hurt? Not one bit…”
During the episode, we get an important glimpse into Shauna Babcock’s past. We know that she connected with Clark when she was brought in and he gave her some false promises, which explains his obsession with her and why she may be invading his dreams. We also get to dive deeper into Shauna’s past before all of this and learn that she had a hard life and was just trying to leave it all behind so that she could start over as a special effects make-up artist. Shauna actually seemed to have some talent and was saving money so that she could start her dream. However, her mother’s husband had been sexually abusing her for quite some time and it’s clear that Shauna was broken from this. Later on, Shauna was horrified when she found out that her mother knew the whole time and she could not control her anger, as she unleashed it on both her mother and step-father. Shauna’s past is revealing and heartbreaking, but it also explains a lot about her current situation now. Shauna is the first subject to show such advanced intelligence and perhaps it is because she has always been trying to find something else within her: a strength that cannot be smothered by others. Later on, Clark is unable to go through with killing her. Is it because he still cares about her or does he feel directly responsible for her current situation? Either way, Shauna Babcock has not been eliminated just yet.
Overall, this was my favorite episode so far. There are very few shows that can seamlessly intertwine character flashbacks with the plot so well. Shows like Lost and Orange Is the New Black come to mind here. The Passage has just achieved this as well for me. These flashbacks connect you more to the characters, but it isn’t forced. It elevates the show to something else…something meaningful and powerful, bringing you in that much more. I am extremely impressed with The Passage so far and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Stay tuned!
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