Saturday, July 11, 2015

What I'm Watching; Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 8 “The Friendliest Place on Earth” (C+)

This episode didn't accomplish too much, bridging a gap between the two worlds this show has created for itself. The pursuit of Harold and the other rebels was a drawn-out process that didn't need to take that long, and the more interesting part was seeing a harrowed Kate towards the beginning of her stay being analyzed and treated as a crazy person because she couldn't come to terms with the situation in which she was now existing. That she has been told what is really going on and chooses not to accept it is intriguing, and I suspect that she, like Ethan, would have been more receptive to coming around to the idea given her investigative nature and general understanding of the need to protect the people first. That's where this show seems to be heading, as we see a crucial divide between the previously angelic David Pilcher and his previously terrifying sister Pam. They both see the reckonings in play town in Wayward Pines as a necessary evil, something to keep the populace in line, but now that has gotten out of control as David deems punishment of those alleged collaborators, who are really just human bystanders, the next logical step in maintaining order. Now that she and Kate are best friends, Theresa has another woman in Wayward Pines to hate with all her energy, and that's the extraordinarily manipulative and unsubtle Megan, who managed to poison Ben against his father with very little effort. At least he's not dead – that would have been a tragedy this show would have had a lot of trouble dealing with and recovering from.

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