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Wayward Pines Is a Very, Very Dry Comedy With a Vintage Shyamalan Feel

  Wayward Pines starts with a close-up of its hero, Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), turned upside-down, bruised and bleeding from mysterious injuries, on the floor of a forest he doesn't remember entering. It's the perfect image to kick off a series steeped in dream logic, set in a town (and a world) where nothing is at it seems.   As the plot untangles itself, we learn that he's come to the titular town to find out what happened to two fellow agents who visited the place earlier and just sort of vanished. (One of them is played by Carla Gugino.) But this is no ordinary town, nor is it Twin Peaks , exactly, although the mountains and tall fir trees and signage testify to that series' overwhelming impact on the writers' imaginations. There's something else going on here, and we aren't sure what. I'm reluctant to explain too much this high up in a review, because I knew nothing about the show going into it and was glad I didn't bother. A big part of its pleasure lies in how it seems to be settling comfortably into a certain groove, then suddenly goes off in another direction.   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2015/05/wayward-pines-has-a-vintage-shyamalan-feel.html

Wayward Pines' First Episode Intrigues, But It's No Twin Peaks

M. Night Shyamalan is still Kryptonite to many whove been burned by his love of twist endings. But weve already let you know were cautiously optimistic for Wayward Pines . And after weeks of hype, the show , which is based on the books by Blake Crouch, began its 10-episode cycle last night. Spoilers follow!   Read More... //feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/YlEYlch4HY8/wayward-pines-first-episode-intrigues-but-its-no-twin-1704607848

Wayward Pines Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Where Paradise is Home

What the heck is this place? Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke has found himself stuck in the creepy little town of Wayward Pines, and so far, escape appears to be futile. Wayward Pines Season 1 Episode 1 introduced us to the mystery and produced a whole bunch of questions which we now get to spend the rest of the season trying to answer.   Read More...   //www.tvfanatic.com/2015/05/wayward-pines-season-1-episode-1-review-where-paradise-is-home/

'Wayward Pines' Recap: Ominous Psychological Thriller Off to an Intriguing Start

Wayward Pines , FOX's new ten-episode miniseries starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo introduces a character still recovering from significant emotional trauma following a high profile catastrophe whose fatalities number in the range of 600, and for which he feels devastatingly responsible. Now in search of two missing secret service agents, Ethan Burke finds himself in an inescapable "Mayberry-like" town where the inhabitants live false lives and fear punishment for breaking the town's seemingly urbane directives.   Read More... //www.buddytv.com/articles/wayward-pines/wayward-pines-recap-ominous-ps-56520.aspx

'Wayward Pines' S1E1: Where Paradise Is Home

★ ★ ★ ½ Most likely the 2.0 version of Persons Unknown (if you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry), where a bunch of people are trapped within a town thanks to a pesky fence and are forced to do things, Wayward Pines is draws nicely on its Twin Peaks inspiration. Although, Wayward Pines pulls all the focus away from its premise by using flashbacks and by showing the not-so-entertaining real world all way too soon. In fact, it really messes up what could have been a solid pilot. The town itself, the characters, and the mystery are all rather interesting. But now, the audience will have to divide their time between watching boring investigation/family filler and sit around until the town appears once again. At least the FBI side of the story has a twist, but that still can’t save its rather problematic positioning in the season. After taking a couple notes from Lost ’s pilot on how to shoot a scene where a man lying on the ground wakes up in the middle of nowhere, Wayward Pines immediately sets up Ethan Burke’s background with the help of flashbacks (blegh).We learn that he’s in trouble at work, has trouble at home, and hallucinates. Way to go Burke. Burke and Kate, of course, were together. Although things seem normal among Burke and his family, Theresa may have an inkling that something is happening. In the real world, we’re introduced to his wife, Theresa, and his son, Ben. His wife is obviously concerned about her husband’s disappearance and her son also has Emma Swan’s "superpower" to tell when people are lying. Because of all this, it’s up to the citizens of Wayward Pines to make the story shine and they most definitely do. The actors all do an extremely talented job of pulling off the fake happiness they’re supposed to sustain. There’s a dark tone throughout the town of Wayward Pines that’s going to be interesting, if they put it in the spotlight. The weirdest thing, so far, isn’t the "there are no crickets in Wayward Pines ", or the fact that someone managed to build an entire town and enclose it within an electric fence, or why Ben and Theresa are important to the story at this point in time, but the interpretation of time. To Beverly, she had only been there for a year after she had a motorcycle accident in 1999. Kate feels like she has been there for 12 years, even though she had seen Burke 5 weeks before his own accident. Wayward Pines has plenty of potential, that’s for sure, but the show itself is in a tough spot when it comes to the volatile genre it is in as well as a premise that may have difficulty expanding as the conspiracy unravels. Then again, I keep hearing that the book’s plot was really, really good. Notes: Evil nurse is evil cliché Ben and Theresa have absolutely no chemistry

Wayward Pines Recap: Been There, Done That

  Oh, Wayward Pines how you remind me of so much and, yet, leave me wishing for something more.   The first episode of this all-star event series premiered Thursday night, practically reminding its audience of the groundbreaking, mysterious shows it obviously mimics: Twin Peaks , The X-Files , Lost (hell, the show practically begins the same damn way Lost did ). Dont think for one second the people involved arent aware theyre doing something that reeks of being derivative. Blake Crouch, the author of the Wayward Pines trilogy of books the whole show is based on, basically admitted at the end of the first volume that he wrote it because the cancellation of Twin Peaks left him frustrated and unsatisfied, and he wanted to do something in a similar vein. Its also fitting that showrunner Chad Hodge would be the one to bring this to small screen, since he has a flair for developing shows that are facsimiles of better ones. His last show, the cancelled-by-NBC The Playboy Club , was a pitiful, network-friendly attempt to capture the same 60s-era, swinging-dick sexism the soon-to-be-finished Mad Men made an art out of recreating.   Read More... //www.vulture.com/2015/05/wayward-pines-recap-season-1-episode-1.html

Wayward Pines "Where Paradise is Home" Review: Do Fence Me In

We are so in for this chilling mystery set in a small forested town.   Read More... //www.tv.com/shows/wayward-pines/community/post/wayward-pines-where-paradise-is-home-review-do-fence-me-in-143154410708/

Why Wayward Pines Isn't Like Every Other Mystery Show

  You probably haven't heard much about Fox's Wayward Pines without also hearing the names of classic shows like Twin Peaks and The Prisoner . And while executive producer Chad Hodge admits the DNA of those shows is inherent in his new 10-episode event series, which premieres Thursday at 9/8c on Fox, ...   Read More...   //www.tvguide.com/news/wayward-pines-fox-premiere-matt-dillon/?rss=breakingnews

'Wayward Pines' Review: An Edgy, Surreal and Terrifying Psychological Thriller

  What happens when supernatural screenwriter and director, M. Night Shyamalan ( The Sixth Sense, Signs ), collaborates with Blake Crouch, the horror novelist and creator of the critically acclaimed Pines trilogy? You get FOX's Wayward Pines , a psychological thriller about a mentally unstable secret service agent who finds himself trapped in bizarro-land where all kinds of scary, unimaginable circumstances lead him to question his own sanity and stage a seemingly futile escape. We're questioning that sanity as well, especially since Shyamalan's trademark is the shocking surprise denouement. Is it worth a watch? Let's take a look.  Read More... //www.buddytv.com/articles/wayward-pines/wayward-pines-review-56526.aspx

Review: FOX's 'Wayward Pines' a town of second-hand mysteries

HitFix's Alan Sepinwall reviews "Wayward Pines," the new FOX drama starring Matt Dillon, Terence Howard, Melissa Leo, Carla Gugino and Toby Jones.   Read More... //www.hitfix.com/whats-alan-watching/review-foxs-wayward-pines-a-town-of-second-hand-mysteries