by Sherry Lipp
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
“The truth” about Wayward Pines is finally revealed as the show reaches the midway point of the first season. So much happened this week it’s hard to know where to begin. It’s hard not to have a certain amount of skepticism at anything that’s said by the townies on this show, but then again Burke (Matt Dillon) saw what he saw. And what he saw was a bunch of very strange humanoid creatures and Boise, Idaho 2000 years in the future.
As it turns out, the future is not too bright at all. Humans become grotesque creatures and civilization completely falls apart. Something has really gone wrong in the evolutionary process here. The people of Wayward Pines are transplants from the past, which is why time itself seems so out of whack.
Leaving more questions than it answers, “The Truth” has turned this show on its head.
So what was cool and what wasn’t this week?
Wayward Pines Academy secret society: So we knew Wayward Pines Academy wasn’t a normal school, but we didn’t know that it is really an indoctrination program for the “First Generation.” These are the chosen few selected to carry on the human race and reform society. Let’s hope society won’t always include reckonings.
Dr. Jenkins!: Or should I say David Pilcher (Toby Jones)? I’m not entirely clear as to why Jenkins/Pilcher needed an alternate identity since no one knows who he is anyway, but it turns out there’s a lot more to him than meets the eye – and we’d already met quite a bit. Pilcher is the mastermind behind Wayward Pines, and apparently invented a way to hibernate people for a couple thousand years.
Theresa falls in line: While her husband is trying to make a break for it, Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) realizes that she has to be like everyone else. She does what’s she’s told and suddenly she’s acting just as weird as everyone else in Wayward Pines. Of course she still wants to figure things out. She did a good job of getting info out of the new Wayward Pines resident.
Burke discovers what’s really outside Wayward Pines: As I stated above, Burke sees the crumbled remnants of long ago Boise, Idaho. So, he knows there’s no just walking out of Wayward Pines and going home. Right? We know Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard) somehow went back and forth and so does Jenkins/Pilcher. How?
The not so cool:
I got nothing this week.
I have many lingering questions, but the main two are:
How does it seem that some people can be in the past and the future – assuming everything we just learned is true?
Why were the people in Wayward Pines chosen?