Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episodes 9 and 10: “You Taught Me Everything”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage two-part season 1 finale, we learned that “one world died and another was born.”  But in this new world, everyone has to live with their choices and consequences.  Will they rise up and continue to fight or will they give in to the darkness?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episodes, “Stay in the Light” and “Last Lesson,” we learn what happens next when the virals wake up, as the twelve are now complete.  Meanwhile, Amy is faced with some impossible decisions, sacrifices are made, and a new future is upon us.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episodes 9 and 10 are:

5

“It has to be me.”

During the episode, Dr. Sykes is still trapped and Clark and the others try to get her out and retrieve the antiviral, especially after Lila is infected.  While Dr. Sykes is trying to stay calm, Shauna breaks in and these two come face to face with one another.  Only Shauna doesn’t initially attack Dr. Sykes and taps into her mind to ask her why she had been nice to her.  Dr. Sykes tells Shauna that “in another world we could have been friends.”  But is Shauna stalling or is there something more here?  Before we can find out anything further, Brad shoots Shauna, causing her to flee and tries to help Dr. Sykes.  Amy is faced with an impossible decision, as she decides to push the button that will destroy that section of Project Noah with Brad and Dr. Sykes still inside.  Amy is prepared to make this sacrifice, proving to really be the bravest person in the world.  They have less than two minutes to get out, but the virals show up to make things interesting.  Dr. Sykes knows what she must do and tells Brad to get the antiviral to Lila and the CDC, sacrificing herself to save as many lives as she can.  Dr. Sykes has always put the needs of the many above her own and she stays true to her integrity in this heartbreaking moment.

4

“I have work to do.”

After the virals escape, Dr. Lear blames himself and contemplates taking his own life.  However, Lacey shows up and changes his mind, reminding him that he still has work to do.  Dr. Lear may have been the “author of this horror show,” but with Dr. Sykes gone, he could be the only one to stop it and potentially save the world.  It’s a long shot, but Dr. Lear refuses to give up even when Fanning continues to appear to him in his mind.  Even though the future looks bleak, it’s good to see Dr. Lear trying to make a difference and fix things with Lacey’s support.

3

“Maybe I could be that girl in the diner again.”

After the explosion, we learn that the virals are still alive, as they are finally free in the world.  Clark and the others try to stop as many as possible, but Clark is severely injured and about to die.  Shauna approaches him and he says, “I was wondering when you were going to show up.”  Rather than rip him to shreds, Shauna taps into his mind and the two of them are lying on the hood of a car together, away from all of the chaos and noise.  Shauna explains, “I thought this might be a nicer place to die.”  Clark seems ready to accept his fate, but Shauna offers him a choice.  Clark accepts and Shauna saves his life, but there is a price.

The two of them are now blood linked and 30 days later, Clark is bringing Shauna live bodies to consume.  However, Shauna wants out of their deal, as Clark has been keeping Vegas as safe as possible, but she feels like he is starving her.  All of the virals returned home when they escaped and their homes quickly became “hot spots.”  Clark feels trapped in his circumstances, but he still shares a strong connection with Shauna, as he gives in and kisses her passionately, suggesting that this link is nowhere near severed.  It’s interesting to see that Shauna took a different approach, as Carter was unable to tame the beast within him.  What made Shauna different and what will she do next?  We’ll have to wait and see, but this dark seduction between her and Clark seems like it will continue.

2

“For me, this was the best time…we were a family.”

During the 30 days later portion, we learn that Amy is with Brad and Lila at a cabin.  It seems like everything here is serene and untouched, as we witness Amy and Brad fishing together.  Amy finally has a family, but everything is temporary.  For those of us shipping Brad and Lila, they finally get the opportunity to reconcile and be together, but Lila recognizes that she has a duty to the world.  Lila decides to leave and try and help others with Lacey, leaving Amy alone with Brad.

Brad teaches Amy how to use a bow and arrow and how to take care of herself.  Brad recognizes that the threat is nowhere near over and he wants her to be prepared.  In a heartwarming moment, we see Brad braiding Amy’s hair.  Amy asks him how she looks and he says, “Like a bad-ass.”  Brad reminds Amy that she is not like Fanning.  He tells her that she has a good heart and that she is the bravest person he has ever met, which is truly touching.  I wish I could freeze this moment in time for them, as Amy and Brad have a bond that is so real and beautiful.  Only, we know that things are about to change and they change so quickly.

1

“Sometimes the right thing is the hardest thing in the world to do.”

Fanning continues to try and tap into Amy’s mind to manipulate her when she is at the cabin.  After a neighbor is infected, Brad gets bitten and Amy is left with another impossible choice.  Seriously, this poor girl has so much to deal with.  The new friends they met tell Amy that they need to shoot Brad before he turns, but Amy refuses to let this happen.  Amy unleashes the monster buried deep within her and kills them.  She gives Brad the cure and leaves, which is beyond heartbreaking.  Amy says, “I don’t regret what I did.  I only regret running away.”  She recognizes that Brad taught her everything.  She found a family because of him and she learned how to be ready.  At the end of the season finale, we flash forward to 97 years later in the Palm Desert.  Amy still has her bow and arrow and takes out a viral, explaining that the world has been taken over by them.  However, humanity still exists in some places and Amy holds on to the hope that Brad is somehow still alive, which keeps her going and reminds her “not to panic.”

Overall, there was so much jam-packed into this two-part season finale, that I almost don’t know where to start.  We know that Amy initially saw the future and saved Fanning from dying, but why did she do this?  There are so many unanswered questions, but I appreciate how much the show tried to stay true to the book while also creating some unique differences and I really hope that the series gets picked up for another season because I am not ready to say goodbye to Amy just yet.  The performances were all incredible and I just wish we had more episodes right now.  This show genuinely surprised me and it has the potential to continue to carve its way into one of my favorite series of all time.  Let’s just hope we get to see what happens next!  

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Passage in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 8: “You Can Do Anything You Want With Your Life”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 8, Shauna reminded us that “you always have a choice,” but will you make the right one?  After all, “things are gonna start to get scary.”  So which path do you choose?  Do you dive into the darkness or do you fight your way back toward the light?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “You Are Not That Girl Anymore,” we learn more about Clark’s connected past with Shauna and start to understand their relationship more.  Meanwhile, Amy’s condition takes a turn for the worse, as Dr. Sykes and Lila work together to try and save her, and Lacey is on her way.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 8 are:

5

“I don’t do riddles, dude.  Just say what you mean.”

During the episode, Amy’s condition worsens, as she deals with Fanning in her mind.  Fanning says, “The end is near, my dear,” but Amy is not buying it.  Fanning tries to approach Amy as her friend, but Amy recognizes that this is a trap.  However, temptation is still present, as Amy must make a very important decision that will determine her fate.  Will she choose a path of darkness or light?

4

“She’s not your twelfth.”

In last week’s episode, Carter tried to warn Amy and I was unsure of his intentions.  However, in this episode, Carter stands up to Fanning and tries to protect Amy, which proves that there is still some humanity left inside him.  Carter recognizes that the monster is there, but is his humanity strong enough to conquer it?  Fanning keeps explaining that they need twelve, but why?  Will this make him invincible?  There are still so many unanswered questions surrounding this, but it looks like we are about to find out more.

3

“You want to change the locks.”

Guilder makes the announcement that he is rebooting Project Noah and everyone is relieved of their duties.  Dr. Sykes is still determined to find a way to save Amy.  However, this becomes difficult when they are locked out, as Guilder turns over the security protocol to Martinez, who is actually Subject Two.  Good job, Guilder.  Clark does not give up, as they use Grey’s clearance to get inside.  Dr. Sykes teams up with Lila and they try to stop the virus so Amy doesn’t turn.  After several tests, it seems like they get a lucky break, as they determine that Amy’s cells will block Fanning’s virus with this antiviral.  However, Grey continues to be Fanning’s lap dog, as he locks Sykes inside and attacks Lila before they can get the antiviral to Amy.  Hopefully Lila will be OK, but Grey continues to be a pest, as Fanning uses him like a puppet.

2

“You are not that girl anymore.”

During the episode, we get an important glimpse into Clark and Shauna’s past together.  Shauna tries to escape and Clark tracks her down and takes her to a diner.  Shauna asks him to tell her something real and Clark opens up about previously wanting to be a writer.  Shauna tells him that she would read his poems and it’s clear that there is an undeniable connection between these two.  However, Clark’s men arrive and take Shauna back to Project Noah, as she feels hurt and betrayed, reminding Clark that “you always have a choice.”

In present day, Shauna continues to tap into Clark’s mind and tells him, “The only way you make it out alive is with me.”  Clark initially seems to be really considering this, but ultimately decides to kiss Shauna, revealing that he did feel something for the lost girl from Vegas, but that she is no longer that girl and he will kill her.  But will Shauna kill him first for his betrayal?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

1

“You can do anything you want with your life.”

Toward the end of the episode, Fanning presents Amy with a choice.  She will ride her bike through a dark tunnel and all she needs to do is make it to the other side to accept her fate or she can stay in the tunnel and die.  Amy is very conflicted about what to do, but Brad stays by her side in the cell, as her fever gets worse.  Brad tells Amy, “You can break your promise to me.  If you have to, you can let go.  I love you no matter what.”  These words are so real and inspiring; reminding us just how strong the bond is between these two.  Amy is at a crossroads and ultimately makes the courageous decision to turn her bike around and ride past Fanning into the light.  Amy wakes up, just as all of the cages around them open and Brad realizes that they have to get out of there quickly.  So, here we go.  The cages are open and the vampires are free, as Brad grabs Guilder and they barely make it into the elevator without a scrape.  The last scene leaves us with Amy and her glowing eyes.  I mean, talk about a cliffhanger!

We know that Amy did not get the antiviral in time, but she also didn’t accept Fanning’s offer.  Amy didn’t die like Elizabeth; however, as it seems like her choice to accept the light has transformed her into something else.  Is she now more powerful than Fanning?  Will anyone be able to stop the vampires now that they are free?  I can’t wait to find out, as we approach the season finale next week.  Are you ready?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Passage in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 7: “You Are More Powerful Than You Realize”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 7, we learned that “there’s some scary stuff coming,” but when will it arrive?  Will Amy bring it forth or will her humanity help her see the light?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “You Are Like the Sun,” we learn more about Brad and Lila’s past and find out how they lost their daughter, Eva.  Meanwhile, Carter attempts to connect with Amy, Jonas refuses to give up on Elizabeth, and Shauna confronts Fanning.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 7 are:

5

“I’m gonna find them.”

During the episode, Clark makes the decision to go after Brad and Lila to help them.  Brad and Lila are separated from Amy, which is definitely not a good sign, as the government is looking to eliminate any possible threats to Project Noah.  Clark has previously been an obedient soldier, but he now realizes that Project Noah is a horror show and he is looking to finally do the right thing.  We learn that this is not the first time that Clark has saved Brad after learning more about Brad’s past, but it looks like Clark is ready to join the good fight.  Welcome to the team!

4

“We’re waiting on you.”

Fanning has been promising for quite some time that bad things are coming, but it seems like a lot of talking so far.  Even Shauna confronts Fanning within his mind, realizing that Fanning has become too preoccupied with Elizabeth joining them.  Shauna reminds him that Elizabeth may not choose him and also talks about having a “humanity hangover,” admitting that she does care about Clark, which is important.  Previously, I got the impression that Shauna was merely manipulating Clark, but now it seems like her humanity is still present, as her feelings for him are real.  We know that there is a connection between Shauna and Clark, but what will happen when the glass wall between them shatters?  Will Shauna choose darkness or humanity?  We’ll have to wait and see.

3

“I choose you.”

Elizabeth’s condition continues to get worse, but Jonas does not want to give up on his wife, which is heartbreaking to see.  Dr. Sykes does all she can to help, but tries to remind Jonas that Elizabeth has the same symptoms as the other subjects, which is not a good sign.  Fanning continues to try and lure Elizabeth over to the darkness, tempting her with life over death, but ultimately Elizabeth chooses Jonas.  Elizabeth tells Jonas to shut off the machines, accepting her fate.  Jonas doesn’t want to say goodbye, but he respects his wife’s wishes and tells her he loves her over and over again, which brought tears to my eyes.  While I didn’t think that Elizabeth would make it, I’m happy that she made the decision to stay away from Fanning’s offer, but this will only fuel Jonas that much more.  Jonas is ready to eliminate Fanning, but what will happen when these two finally face off?  I personally can’t wait to see it.

2

“You are more powerful than you realize.”

While Amy worries about Brad’s fate, she receives a mental visit from her buddy, Carter.  She recognizes that Carter has changed; reminding us that Amy is very capable of seeing things as they are, even though she is just a child.  Rather than tempting Amy with darkness, Carter appears to be warning her and tells her that he is trying to be better, but “hunger makes you do weird things.”  Can Carter be trusted here?  Initially, I thought so, but it looks like this may have been a different strategy, as Carter tells Amy that she can go anywhere.  Amy confides in Carter about her guilt over her mother’s death and she desperately wants to see her again.  Amy’s mind projects herself into her old apartment with her mother, as she embraces her and tells her how much she loves her, which is a touching moment.  However, the happiness is interrupted when Amy hears a knock at the door and immediately recognizes Fanning on the other side.  Amy used her abilities to do something she truly desired, but does that mean that she has now invited the darkness in as well?

1

“Start over.  It is possible.”

We get an important glimpse into Brad and Lila’s past, which is beyond tragic.  We see Brad and Lila’s daughter, Eva, who is full of love and life.  After her soccer game, Eva explains that she needs markers and Brad makes the decision to go over to the convenience store across the street.  The store is held up by a robber and Brad tries to keep him calm, but Eva walks in the door and startles the robber, causing him to turn around and shoot her.  We witness one of Brad and Lila’s therapy sessions and Lila tries to talk about getting back to work so that she can help people, but Brad seems distant and unable to even comprehend this as an option.  Brad does not identify the suspect in a lineup and ends up taking his life with his own hands.  Clark has been Brad’s best friend for a while and he intervenes and covers it up to protect him.  Brad’s guilt begins to overwhelm him and Clark is the one to suggest that he joins him at Project Noah so they can make a difference, which is how this all started.

Brad and Lila’s past is so horrific and it’s understandable that they drifted apart, but they are now being thrown together repeatedly, but it is under extremely dangerous circumstances.  We have seen several signs of a renewed spark between these two, but I’m not sure if they will get the chance to pursue it.  Either way, their connected past is revealing and it’s understandable why Brad feels such a close bond with Amy, as he will do anything to protect her.  Lila gently reminds him that Amy is not Eva, but Brad wants to keep her safe no matter what, as he is still holding on to his grief.

Overall, I thought this episode was more of a setup for what’s to come, but there were some truly heartbreaking moments within it.  We only have one more episode left before the two hour season finale.  There has been so much talk about Fanning’s plan, but I would like to see the vampires escape at this point so that we can witness what they are truly capable of.  The vampires have been in a bubble for a while now, so I think it’s about time that they are unleashed onto the world, but will anyone be able to stop them?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Passage in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 4: “Show Me The Real You”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 4, I realized that even if “you know what’s best,” can you really trust yourself when your dreams are being invaded by the overwhelmingly creepy Dr. Fanning?  Are the subjects in Project Noah still connected to their own thoughts and desires or are they now merely instruments of destruction?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Whose Blood Is That?” we dive deeper into Anthony Carter’s past, as Fanning continues to bring him over to the dark side.  Meanwhile, Shauna pays Amy a visit, Brad tries to do the right thing, and Dr. Lear may have just been contaminated.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 4 are:

5

“I got skills.”

During the episode, Brad and Amy continue to connect, as Brad is determined to protect Amy no matter what.  Amy shows one of her first signs of advancing when she and Brad are on the run and she is able to sprint in front of him with no real effort.  While we still don’t know exactly how the serum will impact Amy, it’s clear that she is already showing signs, but will she have the same fate as the patients who came before her or is she transforming into something else?  Something even more dangerous?  We’ll have to wait and see.

4

“We need to go now.”

We continue to catch up with Lila and Lacey, who are trying to get the story out to anyone who will listen.  A reporter actually seems interested in running with the story, but they learn that she was killed later on.  Lila is shocked, but Lacey recognizes the potential threat immediately and tells Lila that they need to go now, which suggests that they will be determined a threat to Project Noah as well.  Luckily, Lila has Lacey to protect her, although they may need some backup pretty soon.

3

“Let me help you.”

During this episode, Brad tries to get through to Agent Paulson, who has clearly been impacted by the nightmares.  Brad remains calm in the situation even though Agent Paulson has a gun and it seems like he is getting through to him until Clark decides to take him out and eliminate the threat.  Clark has already been questioned about letting Shauna live, but he does not even take a second to think about eliminating a fellow agent.  Is there any hope for Clark or will he continue to spiral out of control?

2

“Show me the real you.”

Shauna pays Amy a visit, well a mental visit, and tries to begin manipulating her, but Amy is well aware of what is right and what is wrong.  Amy tells Shauna, “I’m nothing like you,” but Shauna is convinced that she is and reminds her that “fighting only makes it harder.”  We know that Fanning is very interested in Amy’s presence and that Amy could be the key to stopping this threat, but it looks like she will continue to deal with obstacles along the way.  This is a very tough little girl; however, and one should not underestimate her.

1

“Open up your heart, Anthony.”

During the episode, we get a glimpse into Anthony Carter’s past.  We see his past relationship with Rachel and learn that Carter was framed for her death.  Carter already feels so much guilt about what happened to her and he loved her very much, but Fanning uses this vulnerability to his advantage.  He reminds Anthony that “love without power is misery.”  At the end of the episode, Carter is in danger of dying, but ultimately makes his choice and accepts the monster within.  Carter attacks someone in the lab and relishes in his first real kill as a vampire, as Dr. Lear watches in horror, just barely scraping by himself.  Although Dr. Lear may have a new problem now, as he realizes that he has someone else’s blood on him.  Does this mean that Dr. Lear has been contaminated?  We’ll have to wait and see. 

Overall, the episode did not draw me in the same way that episode 3 did, as it almost felt like a transition or setup for what’s to come.  I think that we still have a lot in play here and I am interested to see what happens next.  I’m hoping that episode 5 will get us back on track with the fast paced tempo of the previous three episodes, although I do feel that the background story for Anthony was revealing.  It’s interesting to see how both Carter and Shauna were betrayed and hurt in the past, allowing Fanning to manipulate their weaknesses into an illusion of power.  Fanning may not be powerful on his own as Patient Zero, but it’s clear that he is building an army and they may become unstoppable.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 3: “You’re a Horror Show”

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:

5

“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?

4

“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.

3

“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.

2

“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?

1

“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!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Passage in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 2: “Maybe She’s a Good Girl After All…”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 2, I realized that changing the world is not always for the best.  Sure, you may want to make a difference, but what happens when you end up changing the world for the worst?  Is there any chance to still make it right?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “You Owe Me a Unicorn,” we continue to follow Agent Brad Wolgast and Amy Bellafonte, as they try to find a safe place to lay low.  Meanwhile, we get a glimpse into Dr. Lear’s past, Carter begins to have some beyond vivid dreams, and Shauna Babcock proves to be far from a good girl.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 2 are:

5

“You get the girl safe and I’ll get the story out.”

So fans of Justin Cronin’s book series were initially disappointed that Lacey was not in the show and so was I.  Fear not; however, as Lacey is in this episode.  We learn that Lacey had Brad as a student in the navy.  She is tough and she tells it as it is.  Lacey agrees to help Brad and Amy, but also feels like she has a lot to atone for as well.  Lacey wants to help get the story out, recognizing that saving Amy is only the first step here, as Project Noah will continue to operate unless they do something.  In the book, Lacey is the one to care for Amy before Brad comes along, but I am not sure if the series is going to explore anything more with her character.  Brad assumes that Lacey is dead and she may be, but we will have to wait and see.

4

“Your ex-wife told me to.”

After Brad passes out on the side of the road, Amy panics and calls his ex-wife, Lila, who is a doctor.  Lila walks Amy through what to do, but Brad is not pleased and takes out his frustration on the cell phone, worrying that the agents will be able to track them down now.  Later on, Lila ends up at Lacey’s place and shares a kiss with Brad, revealing that there are still lingering feelings here between them both.  While I’m not sure if this is going to be explored any further, it’s clear that Lila has not given up on Brad just yet.

3

“You already changed the world.  You just have to wait and see how.”

During this episode, we get a glimpse into Dr. Lear’s past and learn that he was trying to find a cure for his wife, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Dr. Lear worked with Dr. Fanning on this, but they were both ready to throw some ethics out the window, but was this really the right call?  What would you do for the one you love?  While Dr. Fanning seemed perfectly fine dismissing his own ethics, it’s clear that Dr. Lear has always been somewhat conflicted.  As he begins injecting Carter with the serum, you can tell that he is having second thoughts about everything.  Carter begins to have some vivid dreams, which involve Fanning and Babcock seducing him to the dark side almost.  Are they just dreams, however?  Later on, Carter gives Dr. Lear a message from Fanning, telling him that he has already changed the world.  While it may be too late for some, is it possible that Dr. Lear can redeem himself and put a stop to these experiments before it’s too late?

2

“Maybe she’s a good girl after all…”

Or maybe you shouldn’t be taunting the prisoner who is clearly transforming into something other than human.  I’m never a fan of anyone calling someone a bitch, but this guard continues to push and push, until Shauna Babcock decides that she has heard enough and sinks her teeth into him.  Shauna Babcock is proving to be quite dangerous, but what happens when she finally gets out of her cage?

1

“You don’t leave me and I don’t leave you.”

During the episode, we continue to witness the heartwarming bond between Brad and Amy.  Amy is not afraid to speak her mind to Brad, but it’s clear that they both need each other.  Brad even comments to Lila that Amy is a tomboy just like his daughter, Eva, and it’s clear that he believes he is meant to save her.  Later in the episode, they are surrounded and Brad decides to turn himself in.  Only Amy is not able to abandon him and stands right by his side, which is courageous and touching.  Overall, I thought that the episode delivered.  There was an even better balance between what’s going on at Project Noah and what’s happening with Brad and Amy, where the transitions didn’t feel forced.  I was engaged the entire episode and I also think that the back story of Dr. Lear was necessary and important.  I am thoroughly looking forward to episode 3 and I absolutely recommend this series to everyone.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Passage in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

My Whizbuzz Book Page

Do you love horror series?  Of course you do!  Please also check out 12 Nights of Horror Series Coming Soon.  It’s your home for everything you need to know about new and returning horror television series including new trailers, premiere dates, reviews, recaps, and renewals! 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 1 Premiere: “This is How the World Ends”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 1 series premiere, we learned that “something is coming.  Something violent and terrible.”  Are you ready for The Passage?  Here we go!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s “Pilot” episode, we are immersed into a world that is threatened by disease.  After coming across a creature referred to as a “vampire” in a cave, several scientists launch Project Noah and begin experimenting on prisoners on death row to see if they can create the ultimate vaccine.  But we all know how well these experiments often go.  Meanwhile, we also get to know Federal Agent, Brad Wolgast, who quickly realizes that his special assignment involves a ten-year-old girl named Amy, who has just lost her mother to a drug overdose. My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 1 series premiere are:

5

“If he’s still in there, I want to find him.”

After coming across a “vampire” in a cave, Dr. Tim Fanning is bitten, but somehow survives to the surprise of his good friend and colleague, Dr. Jonas Lear, played by the brilliant Henry Ian Cusick, who you may know from Lost and The 100.  Dr. Tim Fanning quickly becomes “Patient Zero,” as he begins to evolve into something else that craves blood and is far from human.  While Dr. Lear desperately wants to help his friend, it’s safe to assume that there may be no coming back from this infection or transformation and it’s only a matter of time before “Patient Zero” evolves into a threat.

4

“You could say don’t do it.”

Meet Federal Agent, Brad Wolgast, played by the amazing Mark-Paul Gosselaar.  So I had the advantage of having read Justin Cronin’s book, The Passage, which gave me quite a bit of backstory on our guy, Brad.  While I felt like Brad’s backstory was crammed quickly into one episode, I do realize that it is difficult to capture everything from the book.  So what do we need to know about Brad?  He’s an excellent Federal Agent and he has an ex-wife named Lila who is a doctor.  Brad and Lila’s daughter died a few years ago and this certainly took a toll on their marriage.  However, this allows us to understand the void in Brad’s life, which makes his next mission that much harder on him.

3

“I’m the girl from nowhere.  The one no one will miss.”

Meet Amy Bellafonte, played by Saniyya Sidney.  Amy is a ten-year-old girl who is forced to grow up way too quickly after her mother dies of a drug overdose.  To make matters worse, Amy is kidnapped by Brad and Agent Doyle, which is extremely traumatic.  We know that Project Noah is very interested in Amy, but we still have to discover the connection here and learn why she is so special and trust me, she is.

2

“You and me were made for each other.”

During the episode, we meet several “patients,” who are all responding to the transformation in different ways.  Shauna Babcock, played by Brianne Howey, seems to be evolving the best so far and she definitely has the vacant and creepy stare through your soul mastered perfectly.  While Shauna has a craving for blood, she also seems to be fixating on Agent Clark Richards, played by Vincent Piazza.  Shauna begins appearing to Clark in his dreams and there seems to be some kind of hypnotic connection here.  Other characters have mentioned dreams and disturbing thoughts as well, which implies that this is more than a mere case of cabin fever here.  Either way, I’m intrigued.

1

“Your life is important.  You are important.”

Since I have read the book, I understand the beautiful and heartwarming bond between Brad and Amy, which is somewhat similar to the bond between Wolverine and Laura in the film, Logan.  Brad and Amy have both lost so much and they need each other.  While I’m not sure that the premiere episode truly captured their bond, which developed over time in the book, it still resonated with me and I think they did a good job portraying it.  I’m hoping that it will continue to grow, as the connection to these characters is extremely important, as the rest of the story begins to unfold.  Either way, it’s clear that these two will face a lot of obstacles along the way, but at least they have each other.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Passage in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I would love it if you would take a moment to check out my Whizbuzz Book page via the link below for everything you need to know about my new book, The Search for Alice, including my author bio page and links to my website and social media sites!  Thank you!

My Whizbuzz Book Page

Do you love horror series?  Of course you do!  Please also check out 12 Nights of Horror Series Coming Soon.  It’s your home for everything you need to know about new and returning horror television series including new trailers, premiere dates, reviews, recaps, and renewals! 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

Want to read more?  You can click the link directly below for a free preview.  Thanks for your support!

Free Instant Preview of The Search for Alice is available here!

The Search for Alice is available here!

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