|Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon); Source: FOX|
1. It Has a Great Premise - The show's concept is killer. On the surface, Wayward Pines resembles a cross between Twin Peaks, The Prisoner, and The Village. But it takes the best elements of those, and comes up with something unique. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke travels to a mysterious town in Idaho in search of a missing fellow agent. But he wakes up in a Wayward Pines hospital to find he's been in a horrific car accident. And while everything seems idyllic in the town, he soon discovers nothing is what it seems, and there are rigid rules that must be followed. Rules like #1 - "Do not try to leave." It doesn't take long for Burke to discover horrific secrets in the town, and he gets buried deeper and deeper in its web of lies. I can't say much more without spoiling the show, so let's move on to the next reason.
2. It's a Great Show - Right off the bat, you should know Wayward Pines is an amazing show. The actors - including such high caliber as Juliette Lewis, Terrence Howard, Matt Dillon, and Carla Gugino - deliver stellar performances. The sets and direction are all moody and atmospheric, capturing the feel of a town that's simultaneously picture-perfect on one side and dark and menacing on the other. The writing is top-notch with haunting scenes, engaging characters that are more than they appear, surprising plot twists, and questions begging for answers. It's also directed by M. Night Shyalaman, but don't hold that against it.
3. It's a Mini-Series - Binge-watching is really in these days, and it seems like every episodic TV show is dedicated to stretching out their plot over five or six seasons. Wayward Pines is an intriguing concept that could keep going for a long time, but the network has taken the bold step of making it a mini-series. The season is only ten episodes, and will tell a complete story. That's right, no need to carve out a week to binge-watch twenty episodes or three seasons. If it's successful, the series might go another season, but we can enjoy it for what it is now.
5. It's On a Network - Usually, at this point of describing a great episodic show, someone would be trying to get you to subscribe to Netflix or HBO. But this show is on FOX. You know, the channel you can get free over the air? Remember those? If you're not watching the show, you don't need to pay anything to watch. Go to FOX's official website, where you can catch up with full episodes. You can also get the FOX app, and watch it on a smartphone, tablet or smart TV.
Honestly, I can't think of a sci-fi TV show in the last five years I've seen as engrossing and entertaining as Wayward Pines that didn't come with a subscription. So let's support it. Get into Wayward Pines, and remember...always answer the phone if it rings.
Will you be watching Wayward Pines?
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