Wayward Pines: What would you do if you woke up in an unknown town where you knew no one and it was impossible for you to escape? Would you investigate or comply? Would you accept their rules or lose your sanity?
In A Nutshell
The first season of Wayward Pines follows Ethan Burke, a US. Secret Service agent who is investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents. In the midst of the investigation, he wakes up in the small town of Wayward Pines after a mysterious car accident. From that point on, Ethan is unable to leave the town or to contact anyone outside the borders. The townspeople are certainly not helping and Ethan slowly starts to question his own sanity.
NOTE: The second season has a different story from Season 1 and changes most of the main characters.
Meet the Characters
Ethan is an American Secret Service Agent. He is married to Theresa Burke, with whom he has a son, Ben. Ethan is a very serious man who likes to take matters into hands, but he is easy to convince and start taking orders from others. Despite really loving his wife, Ethan had a special relationship with fellow agent Kate Hewson, which nearly kills their marriage.
Theresa is Ethan’s wife and Ben’s mother. She is a former Secret Service Agent trainee. There is very protective of her son. She doesn’t hesitate to investigate on her husband’s disappearance and will do everything she can to save her family. Theresa has a difficult relationship with Kate because of her relationship with her husband.
Ben is the son of Ethan and Theresa Burke. Despite only being treated as “someone to protect” in the early episodes, Ben soon earns a more relevant role later on. Ben has a lot of faith in his father and is always willing to fight for what he believes is right.
A Brief History of Wayward Pines: the When, Where and How
Wayward Pines is an American mystery, science fiction television series based on the Wayward Pines trilogy by Blake Crouch. The series was officially picked up in May 2013 and premiered on FOX in May 2015. The first season concluded in July after 10 episodes. Five months later, the series was renewed for a second season.Wayward Pines was nominated for four Saturn Awards in 2016.
Why It’s Awesome
The main attraction of Wayward Pines is its mystery. In both mystery and thrillers, the setting and atmosphere of the story is often as important as the writing itself. Wayward Pines knows that and does an excellent job at setting the creepy tone that an unknown, unsettling town should have. Everything from the desaturated palette, the lonely streets and the eerie music does a great job at alienating Ethan from the rest of the town and creating an uneasy feeling in the audience.
It’s also quite interesting how the series chooses to handle its characters by separating them by age. This results in a clear distinction between the adults (focused on work and solving the mystery) and the youngsters (focused on school and personal relationships). It actually makes sense within the narrative because it adds an even more strict structure into the organized world of this town. It’s actually a very different take from other shows like The 100, where adults and youngsters mix up to to emphasize the chaos and anarchy.
However, the characters don’t have a big role in the series, as the main focus is on the story. Wayward Pines has a clear premise from the beginning and a halfway revelation that feels satisfying and that makes sense, for the most part. The plot twist also awakens some very clever debate that is actually very relevant in our current times: freedom or safety? The show never chooses sides, nor does it give any hints as to who’s in the right. It’s up to the viewer to side with one character or the other.