Monday, June 29, 2015

What I’m Watching: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 6 “Choices” (B)

This show is a completely different show than it was just two episodes ago, and this entirely expository hour is an important analysis and explanation of how these two vastly incompatible universes exist alongside one another. Ethan got his own personal tour of the world as it actually exists in 4028, with the seemingly kindly Dr. Pilcher filling him in on why they do what they do. The flashbacks to David and his sister trying to discuss and spread their opinions and the Sherriff being hired from his security guard job were effective, and it’s clear that it’s all such a distant memory. Obviously certain things are far from perfect, like the public executions designed to keep all thoughts of rebellion from everyone’s minds, but it doesn’t seem like anything is meant to be malicious. Theresa is going to get herself into trouble by pushing too much, but I think that’s the Burke family gene, and until Ethan clues her in, which I’m sure he won’t, she’s just going to continue pressing and alerting others to the fact that she knows too much (or thinks she does, since she actually has no clue). The best part of the episode was its final scene, in which Ethan learned about a small faction that was trying to remove their chips to stage a revolution, and everything involving Kate from the hour was revealed to be connected, as Kate and Harold, who seemed like such phone-answering, law-abiding citizens, are actually the two culprits right at the forefront of the movement that could bring down civilization as it still exists in Wayward Pines.

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