Sunday, May 24, 2015

Round Two: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 2 “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” (B-)

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this show, because in one sense it seems to be proceeding along at an accelerated rate, revealing quite a bit about its town and its rules and even publicly executing one of its main characters in its second episode. Certain major questions still remain, like why everyone thinks it’s 2000 and why they all comply with these rules if most of them are in fact outsiders who have been deemed not allowed to try to leave, to talk about their lives before, etc. It’s hardest to read Kate, who we know tried to communicate some secret message by the porch fan to Ethan and now emotionlessly converses with all the. She also seemed somewhat turned off by watching Beverly’s execution, signifying that maybe she isn’t as completely in line with the town and its rules as it seems. I like that Ethan is figuring out subtler ways to push the boundaries, like calling the Seattle office and tricking the secretary into admitting that she isn’t actually in a real place. Theresa and Ben driving to Idaho is worrisome, but I suspect that they won’t be able to find Ethan since only a fatal car crash or some other devastating incident can actually send you to Wayward Pines. We’ll see if this show continues to be alluring and intriguing or if it gets lost in its own convoluted rabbit hole instead as it unfurls more and more of its mystery and what it is that makes this town so creepy.

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