Friday, August 21, 2015

Wayward Pines: Season 1, Episode 1

I'm a little disappointed that this show, as seen on Hulu, isn't about the supernatural. Since I haven't read the books I didn't know what to expect. It seems more like The Village in reverse, in that instead of people choosing to isolate themselves from the real world by making a new society, the new society abducts people into it. Is it where the U.S. government puts used up employees out to pasture?

After showing us the security wall, after Ethan (Matt Dillon) drives around in circles in a failed attempt to leave town, I don't think there's anything supernatural about it, but the story seems like more of a conspiracy situation. The scenery is pretty cool, the cast is good and, of course, there's executive producer M. Night Shyamalan.

One example of cool scenery is the creepy rotting house that Beverly (Juliet Lewis) sends Ethan to where he finds the dead missing secret service agent. The close-up shots of him walking up the dusty, rickety steps and entering as light flows in through the holey roof with his cut-up face and blackened eyes was pretty intense. 

Another cool scene is Ethan coming out of sedation in the old neglected cemetery. It was dusty and leaf strewn and the iron gates were leaning and crooked. It made me think that's how the Collins Mausoleum would have looked if the original 1960s TV show Dark Shadows had had a bigger budget.

I'm a tree lover, so I really enjoy the woodsy scenery, even though in Wayward Pines the normally peaceful place of beauty seems to be turned into a maximum security prison. I might continue watching. What do you think?

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