“You owe me a unicorn.”
Damn, this series is good. No sophomore curse here for episode two. If anything, I found the second episode even better than the premiere. Things slow down a little so they can squeeze in some flashbacks, which serve to better flesh-out the characters and give us some backstory. I expect this will be a storytelling motif for the remainder of the series, and that’s cool. AMERICAN HORROR STORY has shown us just how effective it can be, and THE PASSAGE has a rich enough cast of characters to draw from; all of them have relevant backstories; there are no filler characters in this show.
My only complaint, and it’s a tiny one, is that, despite my initially praising the choice to make the head vampire a bookish, scientist-y type, I’m finding myself wishing he conveyed a little more in the way of onscreen menace. I want a Dracula. As my lovely better half pointed out, though, as we watched the show together, the main antagonist in THE STRAIN was never as good a villain as his second-in-command, Eichorst the Nazi Vampire. “Sometimes the dog is worse than the master,” she said. And Shauna Babcock, the sexy serial killer turned vampire portrayed by Brianne Howey, does have that potential to thus stand out.
So where are we at in the ratings? Ratings dropped from the premiere episode, receiving a Nielsen score of 1.0/4 and 4.3, for whatever the hell that’s worth. To go by that first number, a few years back a show had to average at least a 1.3 to avoid cancellation, but cable and Netflix have shaken things up so much that the “big four” networks—ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox—don’t require quite as much from their shows as they used to. Who knows these days? But in a world where processed feces like THE BACHELOR rules the ratings, I’d advise you to just enjoy THE PASSAGE for as long as we have it, while we have it—and let us just hope they don’t cancel it mid-storyline.