Review of Wayward Pines

60 minutes

Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you’re going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines. Based on the best-selling novel “Pines” by Blake Crouch, and brought to life as a 10-episode mini series by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”), WAYWARD PINES is the intense new mind-bending event thriller evocative of the classic cult hit “Twin Peaks.”
May 16, 2019 10:35AM EDT

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If you can ignore some of the more absurdly unbelievable parts (which could have been much better with tighter writing), this show is really good. The premise is a little weak and filled with some pretty big plot holes, but the characters are compelling and the dramatics are reasonable.

As a pseudo-Sci-Fi thriller, I don't like it. As a character-driven mysterious dystopian drama? I really enjoy it.

UPDATE: Never came back to this review after Season 2...which was probably the worst Season 2 that any show has ever had. It felt like the writers hated their own show and worked to make it as pointlessly stupid as possible. I'm surprised the first season's remaining characters even signed on for it. Guess they didn't read the script first...


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