Wayward Pines (2015–2016)
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Citizens of Wayward Pines react to the truth.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writers:

Chad Hodge (developed for television by), Blake Crouch (based on the novels by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Ethan Burke
Carla Gugino ... Kate Hewson
Shannyn Sossamon ... Theresa Burke
Charlie Tahan ... Ben Burke
Melissa Leo ... Nurse Pam
Toby Jones ... Dr. Jenkins
Hope Davis ... Megan Fisher
Siobhan Fallon Hogan ... Arlene Moran (as Siobhan Fallon)
Barclay Hope ... Brad Fisher
Sarah Jeffery ... Amy
Michael McShane ... Big Bill
Tom Stevens ... Jason Higgins
Chad Krowchuk ... Tim Bell
Donny Lucas ... Victor (as Donny James Lucas)
Roger Haskett ... Doctor Carol
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Citizens of Wayward Pines react to the truth.

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TV-14
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Official Sites:

FOX [United Kingdom]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Last episode of the season. See more »

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L'Elisir d'Amore: Una Furtiva Lagrima
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Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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Season One
30 June 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

The FOX network has a strange history with mystery/scifi shows. The X-Files practically gave the fledgling network life, yet they are also notorious for cutting shows down that still have solid audiences (Firefly; Fringe) or promoting shows ad naseum and then pulling the plug before they can even get going (Alcatraz; Almost Human). Combined with the fact that notoriously "hit big or miss big" director M. Night Shyamalan was at the helm, I honestly had no idea what to expect from "Wayward Pines". What I found was that if (as a viewer) you can throw caution to the wind and expect something crazy and mysterious, this is a show that will thrill you in nearly every episode.

Because the show is such a giant mystery, I can't give too much away in terms of plot. The basic premise is that Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) gets involved in a car crash while on a mission to find fellow agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino). When he wakes up, he discovers himself in the small, "cozy" community of Wayward Pines...where not everything (or anything) is quite as it seems and there doesn't seem to be any immediate way to leave. A mysterious, tough-talking sheriff (Terrance Howard) and a friendly female confidant (Juliette Lewis) seem to be Ethan's only hope of figuring out exactly what is up with this weird town. Then, in another "accident", Ethan's wife Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) and son Ben (Charlie Tahan) show up in Wayward Pines, and the stakes get raised even further.

The main advice I can give anyone watching Wayward Pines is to stick with it for at least 3-4 episodes (if you are at all intrigued) before passing judgement. For the first two episodes, I didn't know what to think, but then I realized that this is pretty much the hallmark of the show. It pulls no punches and knows no bounds in terms of crazy plot twists and character developments. Characters can be killed off at a moment's notice, and by the end of the series the plot described above is almost completely moot, as so much is covered in just ten episodes. So, make sure to give it a fair shake.

For those of you who especially love mysteries, Wayward Pines definitely is full-to-bursting in that department. Nearly every episode is packed with twists and turns and huge reveals. Though not nearly as ambitious as a show like The X-Files, Wayward Pines gives off a similar vibe in its fearlessness with plots and characters.

Kudos must also be given to three other actors I haven't even mentioned yet: Toby Jones is his usual odd self in a pivotal role, Sarah Jeffrey is charming/innocent as a love interest for young Ben, and Hope Davis plays a school teacher who I really can't say any more about (!)

Simply put, if you like mysteries and you like solid science fiction, I think you will take to Wayward Pines as much as I did. I really liked how FOX (right from the get-go) advertised this as a "event miniseries" and likely not a long-running affair. I suppose the ending is ambiguous enough to continue on at some point, but I think part of the reason the series succeeded in the first place is because the writers/producers were able to go "all out" for ten episodes and not have to worry about getting cancelled or jerked around by the network. I would be perfectly fine with these episodes standing alone as a great mystery story.


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