Sunday, June 7, 2015

What I’m Watching: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 4 “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire” (C+)

This episode offered up a fresh attitude from Ethan on how to survive in Wayward Pines as his circumstances changed considerably, yet, as always, this show is in a rush to marathon through its developments, not content to leave Ethan in a positive position even just for a full episode. Ethan being appointed sheriff is a surprising turn of events in one sense but also the logical choice given his background, and he actually did well and decided to play along to see what it would do for him. Truth be told, Pam was the only one who was opposing him and insisting that Peter be reckoned, and Ethan might have actually been able to mold the town into something less sinister. That doesn’t account, of course, for whatever took his predecessor and whatever was watching him at the end of the episode. Pam as sheriff is a worrisome notion, and I think the town may turn against her since she doesn’t have the personality for it. Pope understood that he had to be liked and managed to do alright despite his posthumous reviews. Ben’s induction into his new school is certainly unsettling, as a refusal to call Seattle the place that he lives earns him the right to play guitar and start classes with other students. It’s never a bad thing to see Hope Davis cast in a role that I hope is worthy of her talents. It was interesting to learn that Theresa was training to become a Secret Service agent, and to see her icy interaction with Kate. At least she’s smart enough to play along from the start as an act of allegiance to her husband and his ongoing case.

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