Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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

Wayward Pines: Season 2, Episode 1 “Enemy Lines” (B-)

I’m truly surprised that this show is back for a second season, though I suppose there’s really no such thing as a miniseries any more, just all these “limited series” that have different characters and storylines each year. This a bit of a hybrid, since a handful of players from season one are still around, though most of them bit the dust either in the finale or in this hour. What’s interesting about this show is that what I didn’t like about it in season one was that it was a strange mystery series about a cult-like town that then transformed into a science fiction dystopia drama, and never quite came to a good understanding of what it wanted to be. Now, we know what’s going on and we’re aware that most residents of Wayward Pines do too, but the town is still operating with secrecy as its chief driver, which will obviously lead to revolutionary circumstances like Ethan and the rebellious forces that were finally quelled at the end of season one with the return of the public hangings. Jason Patric is a fitting substitute for Matt Dillon in many ways, not the most terrific actor cast in a role of constant doubt and concerned rabble-rousing. I’m glad Hope Davis is still around, and we didn’t get to meet Djimon Hounsou’s character yet. I couldn’t figure out where I knew Nimrat Kaur, who plays Dr. Yedlin’s wife Rebeca, and some quick research reveals that she played Tasneem on “Homeland.” I’m not sure that I’m so interested in where this show is ultimately headed, but with summer TV lightening up and me now finding myself closer to being finally caught up, I might see this season through to find out where it all leads.

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