Saturday, June 13, 2015

What I’m Watching: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 5 “The Truth” (B-)

Well, this is something different. After a few creepy hours that made it seem like this was a town full of pitchfork-wielding Neanderthals, it turns out that it’s actually the opposite. This episode feels very much like a reboot, unconnected to the four installments that led up to it, redefining the show in a major and irreversible way. Truth be told, I’m much more intrigued now, though so much is still unclear, namely the way in which people like the late Sherriff can travel to 2014 to bring new residents to Wayward Pines and why their society is based on so much cultish secrecy. The manner in which Ben learned the truth while his father uncovered it for himself and Theresa made a lot of progress without really discovering anything was relatively well-executed, a nice surprise for this show, which has been big on the mystery but not so big on the payoff. I very much appreciate the revelation of Toby Jones’ Dr. Jenkins as David Pilcher, the engineer of all this who represents the first source of answers and isn’t nearly as eerie getting out of a helicopter out in the wasteland. Pam too for that matter! I’d love it if Wayward Pines was almost a thing of the past, and we could move on to this 4028-set universe full-time. Hope Davis being the one to explain the history of Wayward Pines as Megan Fisher was perfect, offering up an eerily calm story that’s quite a lot to digest.

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