TV Trial: Wayward Pines

Posted April 22, 2016 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Wayward Pines Season 1
Mystery, Science Fiction
Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Shannyn Sossamon
Blake Crouch (Novel), Chad Hodge (Screenplay)
May 14, 2015
M. Night Shyamalan

The series stars Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke, a U.S. Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents in the mysterious small town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. Ethan awakens from a car accident unable to contact the outside world, and unable to leave. He finds one of the agents dead and the other, his former lover Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino), settled down in the seemingly idyllic town. But the inhabitants of Wayward Pines are trapped there by a set of rules enforced by the strict Sheriff Arnold Pope (Terrence Howard), and any attempt to escape is punished in a "reckoning." Ethan works to discover the truth, and has to make hard choices when he does.

The Review

When I first saw the ads for this show I was immediately drawn to it. Then… I caught a glimpse of the name M. Night Shyamalan, and it totally killed it for me. Shyamalan, to me, is a hit or miss kind of director. I either really love his work or really dislike it. Then Amazon kept bombarding me with ads to buy the books that inspired the TV show. It made me a little interested again but still not so much. Then I saw reviews, after the show had concluded. I was finally sold. I wish I had given this one a chance but I’ve been burned more than once and I couldn’t risk it.

This was one of the best TV shows I’ve seen in a long time. It kept me guessing and every single guess was dead wrong. I could never have guessed what the town’s secret was. It was a total shocker, very original, and well thought out.

Our main character Ethan refuses to lie down and accept that this place called Wayward Pines is his new home. He is determined to find out it’s secrets and to leave the town to return to his family. His wife, Theresa, and his son, Ben, refuse to accept the answers they get about her husband being off the grid and they both go in search of Ethan.

The show has a sort of Stepford wives kind of vibe that makes you wonder if everyone has been brainwashed. The secret bugs you as much as it does Ethan and especially because he meet this woman named Beverly who feels the same way he does. Then things just don’t add up. Beverly got to Wayward Pines last year and she insist that was 1998 but Ethan showed up yesterday and it was 2013.

Something strange is going on here and the town sheriff will hold a reckoning if someone doesn’t fall in line. As a viewer you’re dying to know what this mysterious ‘reckoning’ that everyone seems so eager to have, that is, until you find out what it is.

The show was full of mystery, suspense and drama. There’s even a twist well after you find out the truth, so it’s like there are two climaxes in the story.

If you haven’t seen this one yet I urge you to try it. I read that there will be a season 2 and I am definitely wondering if I should give it a try… but only because I like to binge watch my TV shows.

The Verdict

5 Stars

5 Stars

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