Sunday, July 26, 2015

What I’m Watching: Wayward Pines (Season Finale)

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 10 “Cycle” (B-)

Technically, this is the series finale, though I think that this show could be back for another run. I’m not exactly sure what the point would be since this sorts of ties things up neatly in one sense and ends it on a very depressing, haunting note. It also serves as the crucial connector of the first half of the show’s season and the second half, explaining the role of the first generation and why Wayward Pines operated and continues to operate in a totalitarian fashion. This finale was action-packed, with Kate immediately reclassified as a spokeswoman for the people rather than someone they wanted to reckon, and Pam also redefined as someone with true good in her heart rather than her brother, who acted more like a jealous god. I’m not sure that some of the plot developments fully tracked, but this show has always been more about the ideal and its premise than what actually transpires. Megan meeting her end because she refused to run and to address what was happening was telling, and Ethan made a triumphant sacrifice, blowing himself up to ensure that the creatures didn’t permeate their safe space. But then this show returned to its horror origins and revealed that, despite all this success, the threat was never really external. Even with the beings kept out, it was the first generation who rose back up and took power, not content with an occasional reckoning but instead intent on stringing up those who would dare to leave, no longer leaving anything to the imagination. If this show did return for a second season, I’d probably watch because I like dystopias, but I do feel that overall this cool concept needed some finessing.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Toby Jones as Dr. Pilcher

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