It’s that time of year again in the States. Currently, TV networks are deciding what new TV series’ they want to bring into their Autumn/Winter scheduling. But perhaps more importantly, they are also deciding what ones they should give the boot to as well!
I would argue that some of the most high profile cancellation/renewal speculation has come from Fox. This is unsurprising, given that Disney recently acquired all Fox properties in a huge $70 billion deal, so people are naturally wondering which shows are likely to survive the transition, and which ones will be culled.
There is one show in particular that is currently awaiting a decision on its fate that I do hope ends up being renewed. The Passage, the adaptation of Justin Cronin’s best selling trilogy of books, aired between January and March of this year. I am a big fan of the books (as you will no doubt know if you’ve been following here for a while), so I was excited for the series to air. The series came with some changes to the source material that really suited it for TV, and some others that didn’t work as well, but over all I think it was a solid adaptation and first season.
So here are 3 reasons I think the show deserves a chance with a second season (with some spoilers along the way, so be careful if you haven’t seen the show yet but are planning to):
The ratings for the first season were between 5-9 million viewers in the US. When you compare this to another of Fox’s hit shows, The Walking Dead, it’s pretty good. TWD’s first season didn’t go above 6 million viewers, but grew in popularity during its second season, and only recently completed its ninth outing on our screens, with the tenth season due to start airing later this year.
Both The Passage and The Walking Dead are similar shows too, in that they both revolve around the world succumbing to a viral plague, all be it in very different ways. But I think TWD’s first season numbers should be a good indicator as to why renewing The Passage is a good idea.
The Series Finale
People who haven’t read the Passage trilogy would probably be surprised to hear that the entire first season of the show only adapts about a 1/4 of the first book, which has around 900 pages. So there is still a LOT of story to tell.
The series finale jumped 97 years into the future, and gave a glimpse of the world after it has been ravaged by the viral plague. It’s a huge time jump, and essentially reboots the show in a way, as a whole slew of new characters will be introduced should the show come back for a second series.
And believe me, the story gets even better after this time jump. There is plenty contained in this series to pad out at least five seasons, so it would be a shame not to see it play out on screen.
The series has an incredible cast. When it was first announced, some diehard fans of the series were unhappy with some of the casting decisions, most notably the casting of Sineya Sidney, a black actress, to play Amy (who is white in the books) and Brianne Howey as Shauna Babcock (a character that was originally male). But I think both actresses have silenced their critics and really gave their all to the characters in season 1.
Sineya Sidney in particular is incredible as Amy, so much so that you would be forgiven for forgetting that she is only 12-years-old in real life. The character of Amy comes with some heavy plot points and she handled them with ease in the first season. She also has a real heart-warming chemistry with Mark-Paul Gosselaar who pays Agent Wolgast in the show. The bond between these two is as strong in the first season as it is in the book, and it really anchored the series.
McKinley Belcher, Jamie McShane, Henry Ian Cusack and Emmanuelle Chriqui (as a largely altered from the book Lila Kyle, but nonetheless a very interesting and likeable character) also padded out the cast with some great performances, and it will be interesting to see how the 97 year time jump effects their characters in season 2.
Have you watched the The Passage? Did you enjoy it? Are you hoping for a renewal? Let me know below!