I will admit, I never thought after watching the trailer, that I would be so in love with Wayward Pines. The trailer didn’t do this show justice and I had written it off, as a crappy sci-fi. For that I am terribly sorry. Also, I am super thankful I decided to give it a shot when I was bored out of my mind. It probably didn’t help that I knew M. Night Shyamalan had his hands all over this. I haven’t been a fan of his movies in a long time and have found them to be stagnant. However, this isn’t exactly all done by M. Night Shyamalan. Instead Wayward Pines is an adaption from the Wayward Pines novels written by Blake Crouch.
Now I was never one to jump on the Lost band wagon, but I can say that if you were a Lost fan then this is the show for you. I can’t get over how amazing it is. Last night I told myself I would watch the pilot before bed and ended up watching the first three episodes. I started to watch the fourth, but couldn’t keep my eyes open wide enough to pay attention. The first rule when settling down to watch Wayward Pines: you have to pay attention to everything. The reason I say this is the show for Lost fans is because every episode leaves you with more questions then answers. I usually find this annoying, which is why I never watched Lost, but this show does it perfectly. It teases you just enough to be like, WTF, while, still staying on the main focus and leading you in the one direction.
Here is all you need to know about Wayward Pines. Wayward Pines is a small town hidden in the hills of Idaho and is surrounded by massive, scary walls. The town has the feeling of sweet, apple pie America where nothing goes wrong. Everyone knows everyone, and everyone is happy. So it seems, until Secret Agent Ethan Burke, (Matt Dillon), finds himself in the town’s hospital after a nasty car crash. As he tries to figure out what exactly happened, he quickly realizes a lot of things besides the car crash do not add up. The people who make up the town are not as happy or free as they seem.
The cast and characters are AMAZING! Nurse Pam, (Melissa Leo), is by far my favorite. She scares me to death, but I’m so in awe of the acting and just over all how this character is developing. It doesn’t hurt that she plays on my heart strings for my love of Rocky Horror Picture Show, while reminding me of the one and only Magenta. (HINT HINT! FOX if you must go on with your crazy scheme of redoing Rocky Horror Picture Show, CAST MELISSA LEO!)
This show takes quick turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat and leaving you wanting more at the end of each episode. This show has everything it needs to succeed, which is amazing for a mid-season show. I’m hoping Fox realizes what they have on their hands and orders another season to lead their Fall Lineup for next year. I could see this show fitting in so well before or after Bones. Not to mention, I would be totally OK if this replaced Gotham all together!
Catch this show every Thursday on Fox at 9 P.M ET. If you need to catch up, Fox has full episodes up on their site.
And, here’s the trailer, just to wet your appetite: