As this year’s upfronts have displayed, it is often hard for broadcasters to resist salvaging past successes, adding a coat of reboot paint, and pushing it out on the schedule in hopes of similar ratings results. It’s hard, but, as the second season of the dystopian Wayward Pines reveals, sometimes it is really best to resist that tendency and, in this case, let a limited event remain just that.
Debuting on May 25 on Fox and taking over Empire’s slot, the 10-episode Season 2 of the series executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan now has Jason Patric as the new, forcibly recruited town doctor Theo Yedlin; Homeland alum Nimrat Kaur as his spouse Rebecca; and Djimon Hounsou joining as original resident CJ Mitchum, the man with a plan to feed the struggling town. But there’s no Matt Dillon, Season 1 showrunner Chad Hodge was replaced by Believe creator Mark Friedman, and Hope Davis has gone all Dr. Strangelove. Also, unlike last year, Shyamalan isn’t directing any of the Season 2 episodes. The result is that the long-gestating show based on Blake Crouch’s books that I found such a wild ride last year is really just going though the motions this time round, from what I’ve seen.
To put it more bluntly, with ruthless brown-shirted teens now running the town, Season 2 of Wayward Pines is at best all style and no substance. Or, as I say in my video review above, at its worst the season is a lot of ominous nonsense. Yes, there are glimpses of Season 1 stars Carla Gugino, Toby Jones and Melissa Leo, and Terrence Howard shows up to set the whole season up, but the new episodes lack any of the charm the admittedly convoluted first run had.
You get my point – so click on my review and tell us what you think.
This review originally ran on May 18, 2016