The new FOX drama The Passage is about Project NOAH, a secret government medical facility where scientists are working on a new drug that would make people immune to all diseases. They’re using death row inmates as guinea pigs for the drug trial. The drug works (the inmates are immune to disease) but as they age, side effects surface – they’ve become highly infectious vampires.
When a flu pandemic starts to spread and causes chaos in the streets, one scientist suggests finding a child as a specimen. When the scientiest says “a child would come through with zero side effects,” lead scientist Dr. Jonas Lear initially says no — but others have their eye on one girl in particular – Amy (Saniyya Sidney), a 10-year-old girl in foster care who doesn’t have any family. When Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) comes to collect/kidnap the little girl, he has a change of heart.
Lead scientist Dr. Jonas Lear on The Passage is portrayed by Henry Ian Cusick. The Scottish-Peruvian, Emmy-nominated actor is known for his roles on The 100 (Marcus Kane), Inhumans (Dr. Evan Declan), Scandal (Stephen Finch), The Mentalist (Tommy Volker), and Lost (Desmond Hume, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award), among others.
The Passage airs Mondays at 9 pm on FOX, right after The Resident. Note: Novelist Stephen King called The Passage “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”