Monday, July 6, 2015

What I’m Watching: Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 7 “Betrayal” (B-)

I can’t help but feel that, now that the cat is out of the bag, there’s nowhere to go but down. After receiving strict instructions not to tell anyone what he had learned, Ethan went and blabbed about the true year to every single person who would listen. Theresa and Kate finally found common ground, able to agree that Ethan’s story about it being 4028 felt more than a bit contrived. Where we stand now is that Ethan has fully stepped into his role of protectorate of the city, tracking down insurgents like Harold and Kate who are behaving a whole lot like he was only a short time ago (I’ve lost track of what weeks, days, years, decades, and centuries actually represent on this show). Clearly the educational system is focused too much on procreation and indoctrination and not enough on common sense, as anyone in the twenty-first century wouldn’t open a random music box and think that nothing shady could possibly be going on, suggesting that sex in the back of a truck is the logical next step. Ben being dead, which seems all but certain given the final shot of the episode, changes things in an irreversible way, since it doesn’t appear that Wayward Pines has experienced any outright murders not witnessed by the whole town, and Kate, Harold, and their merry band of insurgents have crossed a line that puts them firmly against everyone in the town. I’m not sure what happens from here, but it’s definitely going to be a miserable mess.

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