‘Wayward Pines’ | Television Sci-Fi Done Right

Written By: Traves Bezenar

‘Wayward Pines’ originally premiered back in May of 2015 on Fox and wrapped up its first season later that July. Unfortunately it wasn’t until May (2016) after the season two premier that I became aware of the show. Since then I’ve absorbed all the previous episodes from season one and caught up in season two via HULU. Without giving too much of the (amazing) plot away I’m going to tell you why you should too should be watching ‘Wayward Pines’ if you aren’t already

Right out of the gate we have to address the cast of the show. The main protagonist of the show is Ethan Burke played by the amazing Matt Dillon (Crash & There’s Something About Mary). Dillon gives a convincing performance that climaxes with an extremely emotional moment at the end of the first season that had me on the edge of my seat. Terrence Howard (Empire & Iron Man) gives an equally fantastic performance as the mysterious and brutal Sheriff Arnold Pope. Pope is the main antagonist of the first half of season one and while he is unquestionably evil by the time the show wraps you’ll be asking yourself if his horrific actions were justified or not. Toby Jones and Melissa Leo also give excellent performances as Dr. David Pilcher and Pamela ‘Pam’ Pilcher respectively. The rest of the cast is solid with no one standing out as particularly bad.

One of the things you’ll notice right off the bat in ‘Wayward Pines’ is the amazing set design, cinematography, and music. Everything in the world is designed expertly to be both disarming and ominous. The whole show has an uneasy feeling that’s palatable from the very first frame. You might not ever know what exactly is happening beneath the surface but through the way things are shot, the sets, and the music, it’s clear that nothing is as it seems in the sleepy town of ‘Wayward Pines”.

The last thing I want to touch on before giving my final thoughts on the show is the plot. I’m not going to spoil any of it for you because it’s something I think each person should experience for themselves. I’ll admit that bits and pieces of the show fall on familiar tropes and cliches story elements but for the most part you’ll never see the twists coming. Yes, there are twists, lots of them. Just when you think you know what’s going on and why characters are doing what they’re doing the show will turn on its head. I can't say enough good about the story but don't take my word for it, watch it yourself.

It’s been a long time since I’ve added a new Sci-Fi series to my list of must watch shows. I find the genre boring for the most part and full of unoriginal ideas. ‘Wayward Pines’ is the exception that proves the rule. It’s smart, exciting, scary, and all together a joy to watch. Take the time to stream the show on HULU, torrent it, or watch it live on FOX. Whatever you have to do to see this show, do it. ‘Wayward Pines’ is more than worth your time - I guarantee it.

Grade 4/5