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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 14, 2019
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  • Summary: A secret government-funded medical facility creates a new virus that could end all diseases but could also end mankind. Believing a young child is the key, FBI Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is tasked to bring in Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) to the facility, but he begins toA secret government-funded medical facility creates a new virus that could end all diseases but could also end mankind. Believing a young child is the key, FBI Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is tasked to bring in Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) to the facility, but he begins to have second thoughts and they go on the run in this series based on Justin Cronin's trilogy of book of the same name. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 91
    The true star of the show is Saniyya Sidney. The 12-year-old actress performs with a maturity well beyond her years. Sidney is funny, sarcastic and tough. She and Gosselaar have an authentic father/daughter chemistry.
  2. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Jan 14, 2019
    80
    Overall, it’s a series with the promise to intrigue, terrify and bring nuanced tales of fanged villains back into the weekly fold (it’s been a long time since “True Blood.”) Just don’t call them vampires.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jan 11, 2019
    75
    To the extent that The Passage is political, it's the age-old horror/sci-fi skepticism about science empowered by government but untempered by moral considerations, the same perspective that's driven everything from the big ants of Them! to the relentless microbes of The Andromeda Strain.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 10, 2019
    60
    The Passage is a solid example of adequate network television. ... The problem with The Passage is one that plagues practically every network TV drama: a need to keep exposition and plot development flowing at all costs, particularly at the cost of nuance. ... That said, in the second and third episodes, The Passage does a better job of slowing down and exploring the dynamics between its characters.
  5. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Jan 14, 2019
    60
    It’s an incredibly game, consistently charming ensemble for a show that, overall, is brimming with potential. The opening chapters aren’t exactly love at first bite, but there’s something to this show’s wonky pseudo-science and earnestly beating heart that kept me enthralled all the same.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 14, 2019
    50
    Much of The Passage feels like [...] a placeholder waiting for the sharper, crisper second draft. Sidney and Gosselaar’s bond is charming--and proof that Gosselaar, despite bad luck with recent projects, has become a reliable player on television. But it’s reliant, too, on a dynamic that feels lazily overmotivated.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 13, 2019
    40
    It’s not that great.

See all 17 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 15, 2019
    10
    A série é ótima. Grandes personagens, uma trama amarrada e curiosa, uma premissa intrigante que faz querer ver cada vez mais. simplesmente genial
  2. Jan 16, 2019
    9
    Okay, it isn't perfect but I like this newish retelling of the vampire origin. I'm pretty pumped that a child is set up to save the world. TheOkay, it isn't perfect but I like this newish retelling of the vampire origin. I'm pretty pumped that a child is set up to save the world. The girl cast is pretty amazing for her age. I'm looking forward to see where this all goes. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    8
    I went into this show with really low expectations, actually expecting to shut it off after about the first 10 minutes, but I was wrong. A fewI went into this show with really low expectations, actually expecting to shut it off after about the first 10 minutes, but I was wrong. A few storylines get rushed here and there (which is now just a staple of network television), but the acting performances more than made up for it. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Saniyya Sidney are spectactular on-screen together. Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2019
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This show just doesn't work for me.
    Slow paced, with stone faced-actors and unlikable characters doing things I just couldn't care less about.

    Worst of all, if you took out the 'not vampires' from the show, there would be zero change to it. They played no role in the first episode except looking menacing. They are Vampire MacGuffins. They exist outside of the actual plot: a guy with a young girl running from a shady paramilitary organization.
    I assume they'll get loose later, but I won't be waiting around for it.

    Edit: Seriously, how hard is it for a sketchy agency to snatch one child? So difficult as to require risking exposing themselves just to get that one child? It's not like the girl in question had some special powers, skills or genetic make up they needed. So why go to the news outlets and shoot up a police station?
    Stupid stuff.
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