Wayward Pines (TV Series) Review – July 27, 2015

There are rules in Wayward Pines, one of them is do not talk about the past.  One rule that I will discuss later.

Wayward Pines is based on a novel series that follows Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), an F.B.I. agent sent to the small town of Wayward Pines to find missing agents. As the episodes keep coming, the viewers learn there is something very strange about Wayward Pines. There are cameras everywhere and the rules are just absurd.  The town is surrounded by a giant electric fence.  Who is watching them and what are these rules in place for? What is the fence doing? All questions that Ethan asks himself on a consistent basis.

There could be millions of answers to such simple questions, but nothing is simple about when it comes to this town.  Is this a government experiment? Is the fense meant to keep people in or keep something out?  Ethan has set out to find the answers to all of of these questions.

Matt Dillon does a great job playing the confused F.B.I. agent on a mission.  Along with a good supporting cast, the acting holds its own.  The setting and the town are also great especially for those who love sci fi thrillers.  The show is very engrossing keeping viewers guessing until the final episode.

However, the show is not without its drawbacks.  Wayward Pines has a few plot holes.  Keep in mind, I did not read the novel series.  Maybe it was because of lack of time, maybe the novel series has holes as well, or maybe its because M. Night Shyamalon wanting to keep viewers guessing until the very end left holes within the context of the show. Regardless of the reason, the holes detract from what could have been a top tier TV series.

Back to what I said earlier about not discussing the past; let’s not discuss the ending of the series ever again.  Without going into too much detail, it was an ending that left more questions then answers, one that will frustrate viewers who were loving the series to that point.

Positives: Casting was great and Matt Dillon is a very convincing Ethan Burke.  Atmosphere and creepiness really draw one in and create a great sci fi show.  Keeps viewers guessing until the very end.

Negative: Plot holes detract from the series.  The ending was too confusing and left more questions then answers.

Overall: 8.1/10

Despite its flaws, Wayward Pines is a great sci fi TV series that many fans will enjoy.  It will keep viewers on their toes and engrossed in the show, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the finale.

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