You can never leave the small town of Wayward Pines and you might not want to – literally. Debuting on May 14 on Fox, the 10-episode limited series has taken two years to make it to the small screen, but, as my video review above says, once the whole thing gets going,m it’s a wild ride. Based on Blake Crouch’s bestselling novels, adapted for television by Chad Hodge and executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, who also directed the pilot, Wayward Pines is part conspiracy theory, part family drama and all over the place — and that is a distinct part of its charm.
I won’t go too much into the sprawling and sometimes convoluted plot expect to say when Matt Dillon’s Secret Service agent Ethan Burke character shows up in the Idaho town, he soon discovers nothing is what it seems to be – and then proceeds to discover that again. Wayward Pines could have easily gone off the rails, and almost seems to several times, but the truth is it is just such fun under the veil of its pretenses that you’ve to just go with it.
A lot of pull comes from the solid cast of Dillon plus Terrance Howard as the ruthless Sheriff, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Juliette Lewis and Shannyn Sossamon as Burke’s wife Theresa. There is also Melissa Leo, who is eminently evil on the show and hence almost impossibly riveting. Other familiar faces show up later too, as you will see.
Long story short: If you loved Lost, you’ll feel right at home in Wayward Pines. But, pack some Twin Peaks, The Prisoner and even M. Night’s own The Village from 2004 if you really want to feel at home.
Check out my review and tell us what you think. Are you going to watch the show?
This review originally posted on May 7.
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