'Wayward Pines' S1E3: Our Town, Our Law

★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Alright, I admit it. I’m officially hooked. While Wayward Pines was off to a jumbled start, it quickly developed into something different than any of its predecessors. Leaning more closely to Lost than Twin Peaks at the moment, the Persons Unknown-esque series is becoming its own breed of weird—and that’s a good thing. Terrance Howard was given a fantastic send off and a couple more mysteries were added to the mix.

For the time being, it seems that the scenes of Theresa and Ben were indeed flashbacks and that Ethan wasn’t hallucinating them at the hospital. That being said, the extent of his insanity has yet to be explored, so there’s a psychotic break to look forward to eventually. As soon as Theresa and Ben were within Wayward Pines, they fit seamlessly into the series rather than harshly juxtaposing like they once did. Ethan must really mean something to the overlords of Wayward Pines given that he has been the most disruptive force the town has seen. It was nice to hear Sheriff Pope point out that they see something in Ethan, whatever that is is still to be seen.

Wayward Pines S1E3

It’s no surprise that Terrance Howard’s run on the show wasn’t going to last too long, especially now that he’s on Empire. Sheriff Pope being dragged off by the Black Smoke Monster—I mean, Griever—I mean, regular monster, was a perfect goodbye for a character with inside knowledge on Wayward Pines. It was fantastic to see how much envy motivated his character in the final moments, after seeing Burke being given his family in order to make him stay. His meeting with Theresa and their later confrontation were both terrifying.

The episode did its best to offer an explanation behind the time jumps. Thanks to Kate’s rhetoric, the best answer for now is "don’t try to figure it out". Although, the effects of that are still to be seen. Does the town of Wayward Pines jump around like the Island? Will they have to go back?! Will the townspeople get whacked by a deus-ex-eliminaextras barrage of fiery arrows after a time jump?

With a rising body count, Theresa and Ben in the town, and a bunch of mysteries piling up, this episode also introduced just how badly Ethan is wanted by Wayward Pines’s overlords.




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May 31, 2015 3:50PM EDT

LOL, under a dome.

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Jun 1, 2015 4:48PM EDT

Polar bear ..... muhahaha
No, it sounded more like predators.

But now seriously, the first two episodes were ... ok somewhat weird, but ok. The last and third episode - WTF?!?!?!

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