Sunday, May 31, 2015

Take Three: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 3 “Our Town, Our Law” (C+)

This show certainly feels like a limited series, killing off multiple major characters within the span of its first few episodes and bringing and grounding a few of its fringe players into Wayward Pines without giving them too much time to exist on the outside unsure of whether Ethan was dead or alive. It seems like Wayward Pines is awfully easy to locate and enter, as Theresa and Ben found out where Ethan was and then within minutes were close enough for Sheriff Pope to pull them over and sabotage their car so that they too would be stranded in his town. Also, time doesn’t add up – if five weeks meant ten years for Kate, how does several days for Ethan also equal several days for his wife and son? It appeared that events had aligned themselves so that Theresa and Ben would be furious at Ethan because based on what they saw he was continuing his affair with Kate, but there’s no time for such uncertainty on this show, and instead they’ve already progressed to Ethan needing to protect his family within Wayward Pines. Pope’s death was a bit of a surprise, but apparently the town may be more than just controlled by creepiness and instead actually haunted by some demon force. I don’t suspect we’ll get any sort of answers anytime soon, especially since the Secret Service appears to be complicit in whatever’s going on, but it would be nice to at least have some sense of where things are headed. It’s good to know that Kate is an ally, though she’s definitely come to terms with where she is and had long stopped trying to leave before Ethan showed up.