TV Recap: The Passage – Who Are The Monsters?

The Passage
“I Want to Know What You Taste Like” (Episode 106)
February 18, 2019

Last week’s The Passage ended with serial murderer, David Winston, breaking free from Dr. Pet’s Viral control experiment and Amy saving Brad’s life by harnessing a new found sonic scream that essentially immobilized Winston. It was an episode packed with a ton of action and information, catch up on the entire episode with recap here.

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Now, on to tonight’s all new The PassageBEWARE OF SPOILERS!!!

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TV Recap: The Passage – I Suggest You Run …

The Passage
“How You Gonna Outrun The
End of the World?” (Episode 105)
February 11, 2019

Last week of The Passage was an important episode. Among other things, we learned about Anthony Carter’s backstory and in the present, saw him make a choice to join Fanning’s Family; Shauna further ingrained herself in Clark’s mind; Brad learned a bit more about Fanning’s plan; and Amy learned a bit more about her emerging powers.

Catch up on all of the action from last week with our recap here. Now, on to our deep dive recap and review of this week’s all new The PassageBEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: The Passage – What’s It Gonna Be?

The Passage
“Whose Blood Is That?” (Episode 104)
February 4, 2019

Last week on The Passage, through flashbacks Shauna made Clark watch in his mind, we learned her tragic backstory that led her to death row while, in the present, Amy and Brad adjusted to life at Project NOAH. The episode ended with Brad meeting Fanning … in his dreams.

Catch up on all of the action from last week’s episode with our deep dive recap and review here. And now, on to tonight’s all new The PassageBEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: The Passage – Monsters Under the Bed …

The Passage
“That Never Should Have
Happened to You” (Episode 103)
January 28, 2019

After being on the run the entire episode, last weeks episode of The Passage ended with Brad and Amy being captured by Clark Richards and his goon squad. Tonight will pick up right where we left off.

For all of last week’s action, catch up with our deep dive recap and review here. Now, on to tonight’s all new episode of The Passage … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Opinion Piece: RENT, Live on Fox – Why God, Why?

RENT: Live!
January 26, 2019

Tomorrow night, Fox is going to air a Live production of the seminal Broadway classic, RENT. This follows a now annual trend between NBC and Fox where the networks alternate taking classic musicals and air them Live on a Sunday night for the masses to ingest.  After years of taking on “edgy” picks like Sound of Music, The Wiz, Peter Pan, and Grease, the powers that be have now decided to do … RENT. I have some strong feelings about it.

RENT logo – © FOX 2019

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TV Recap: The Passage – You Pay With Yourself …

The Passage
“You Owe Me A Unicorn” (Episode 102)
January 21, 2019

Last week on The Passage, we learned a government-funded project, Project NOAH, was making “not vampires,” accidentally, in an attempt to find a super cure for a Chinese avian flu which will soon hit the United States. In order to further their research, Project NOAH tests their serums on human subjects, people that society will not miss when they go missing. Enter Amy Bellafonte, a ten-year old girl that was recently orphaned, and Brad Wolgast, the man tasked to kidnap Amy and bring her to Project NOAH’s lush Colorado compound. Brad has a change of heart and now, him and Amy are on the run from Project NOAH and the military capabilities of the United States.

Catch up on ALL of the action from last week’s pilot with our deep dive recap, here. Now, on to tonight’s deep dive recap and review of The Passage, episode 2, “You Owe Me A Unicorn” …. BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: The Masked Singer – Love It Or Leave It?

The Masked Singer
Love It Or Leave It? Review

January 2, 2019

Readers of PopCultureReview know we don’t usually discuss reality shows, let alone cover or review them. However, we felt that the oddity that is Fox’s The Masked Singer deserved some attention.

THE MASKED SINGER Logo – Black © FOX 2018

A reality singing show with celebrities (“celebrities”?) dressed as animals? A panel of judges?, professional guessers?, which includes Jenny McCarthy and Ken Jeong among its number? Just typing that out, I am thinking, “what the fuck is this show?” Well, our newest PCR contributor drew the short straw, Sheila, volunteered to give The Masked Singer a watch and see what it is about and whether it’s worth the hype that it is receiving.

To give you some context, in its most recent week (Week 3), The Masked Singer was the most watched show the entire night in the key 18-49 demographic.  That is a night (Wednesday, January 16) which included brand new episodes of the NBC hits, Chicago’s Fire, PD and Med (these 3 shows did win the night for overall viewers).

This was the night that Peacock, Monster, Unicorn, Deer and Lion performed and Joel McHale joined as a guest panelist. There is a sentence I never thought I’d type.  Without further delay, let’s find out if Sheila wanted to Love It Or Leave It? BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: The Passage – This Is How The World Ends …

The Passage
“Pilot” (Episode 101)
January 14, 2019

If you read our Love It Or Leave It? Review for The Passage, you know we’re big fans. This was a no brainer show for us to recap because there is so much juicy detail in the episodes. At PCR, we love to dig in, rehash and relive great TV. Our recaps are blow by blow accounts of the episodes, full of details you might have missed and quotes that we think resonate and should be highlighted.

So, let’s not waste a minute. Read on for the deep dive recap and review of  The Passage episode, “Pilot” … BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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TV Recap: The Passage – Love It Or Leave It?

The Passage
Love It Or Leave It? Review
January 14, 2019

THE PASSAGE Logo, Cr: Fox

Based on a book of the same name by Justin Cronin (the first in a trilogy), The Passage premieres tonight on Fox (9/8c). What a shot in the arm this show is on for network television. Exactly what we need in terms of innovation, character creation, story and production value.

From writer (and showrunner), Liz Heldens, and an executive producer team that includes Ridley Scott, The Passage stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Vincent Piazza, Brianne Howey, Caroline Chikezie, Henry Ian Cusick, Jamie McShane, and McKinley Belcher III.

Read on for a spoiler free synopsis of the show and whether we … Love It Or Leave It?

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2018 New York Comic Con: Interview with Liz Heldens and Justin Cronin from “The Passage”

2018 New York Comic Con
Day 3 (October 6, 2018)

At this year’s New York Comic Con, we got a chance to speak with Liz Heldens, the Executive Producer and Showrunner of the upcoming Fox series, The Passage. Joining Liz was Justin Cronin, author of the 2010 sci-fi, dystopian, monster horror novel of the same name which the show is based on. The Passage premieres on Fox on January 14, 2019.

Liz and Justin sat at the roundtable for a long time, much longer than we’re usually given access to creatives at these types of things. I appreciate them for answering all of the questions tossed at them.  Liz and Justin spoke a variety of topics, including working together on adapting the novels to television; how people experience a story on a personal level; and the importance of telling a character driven story in a genre show.

“I certainly approached it as character first and genre second, which is how I think Justin approached the novels.” ~ Liz Heldens

“A book is an event and event happens every time it’s read.” ~ Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin and Liz Heldens. Taken at 2018 New York Comic Con. (Photo: M. Caputo)

After the jump, check out transcribed excerpts from the interview with Liz and Justin, as well as video of the full unedited interview!

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