Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.10, “Cycle”

Ever since Wayward Pines was announced as an M. Night Shyamalan project, the threat of the twist ending is one that’s hung over the entire series. For better or worse, Shyamalan’s name is associated with stories that try to come out of left field in the apex of the third act and surprise you with the idea that nothing you’ve witnessed is what it seems, ends that enjoy their trickiness so much it keeps them blind to the fact that they don’t bear up under scrutiny. And given the early ads for the show, which were heavy on that symbolism—as well as too heavy on imagery and quotes that invited unflattering Twin Peaks comparisons—it was hard to dissuade yourself of that expectation going in.

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.09, “A Reckoning”

Ever since the true nature of Wayward Pines was revealed back in “The Truth,” the idea of sacrifice has hung over the bulk of the show. In order to save humanity, Pilcher, Pam, Megan, and every member of the support team had to give up their lives as they knew them. In doing so, they gave themselves the authority to force the sacrifices of countless other individuals, those they deemed necessary to ensure humanity’s future.

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.07, “Betrayal”

There’s been an interesting shift that’s taken place in Wayward Pines since the events of “The Truth.” Before the real nature of the town was revealed, so much of the drama and intrigue was based on the odd way that all of its inhabitants were behaving, with a prevailing Stepford Wives or Twilight Zone aura.

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.06, “Choices”

After the events of “The Truth,” it’s understandable that the next installment of Wayward Pines would feel like the series was coming back down to earth.

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.05, “The Truth”

If an episode called “The Truth” built up any expectations by virtue of its title, it met all of them and then some. This is the best episode of Wayward Pines to date, a tightly crafted hour that answers the show’s biggest questions and does so in the most satisfying manner possible.

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.03, “Our Town, Our Law”

You can say this for Wayward Pines: for a show that’s built on big mysteries and has a lot of actors that most shows would kill to have around for a few episodes, it’s not a show that has any reticence about making big moves.

Wayward Pines, Ep. 1.02, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before”

If “Where Paradise Is Home” suggested that Wayward Pines operates by a code of conduct different from the rest of the world, “Do Not Discuss Your Life Before” removes the ambiguity from that by printing that code out and plastering it in every public building in town.

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