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"Wayward Pines" review by Suzanne 4/29/15
Premieres Thursday, 9/8c May 14

This series has 10 episodes, and FOX has allowed me to watch the first 5. I really enjoyed it so far. The description (below) tries to make it sound like "Twin Peaks," but it's really not at all like that show. The only thing they have in common is taking place in a small town in the Northwest where strange stuff is happening. It has a lot more in common with "Under the Dome," and sometimes "The Prisoner," and even "The 100." It is a suspenseful psychological thriller, but it's also science fiction.

The show is about this secret service agent, Ethan Burke, that is assigned to find two missing agents; one of them is his former partner (as well as his former mistress). He and another agent get into a car accident in Idaho, and he winds up in this small town, Wayward Pines. People act very strange there. He can't seem to leave or get through to his loved ones or boss on the phone.  From there, things get even stranger.

The first episode is a little bit slow and very weird.  Stick with it, though, and it gets a lot better. There are lots of mysteries. It is really engaging, with good characters. The cast is amazing. It stars Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke. Melissa Leo is really creepy as the town's nurse. Carla Gugino plays Kate, his former lover/partner. Terrence Howard has an outstanding role as the town's sheriff. Juliette Lewis plays a woman that Ethan meets in the town that helps him.

We just get hints and little odd trails of what's going on in the first four episodes.  Lots of exciting stuff happens. In the fifth episode, we finally learn what's going on, and it's truly shocking. Honestly, I'm not really sure that the answers we get work because it's SO incredibly weird and unexpected. I guess it's risky, and they hope you'll keep watching to see how it's all explained in the last four episodes, and not just say, "Forget it, this is too weird," and give up on it. I hope you don't give up on it. I don't plan to. I have to know how it turns out. I want answers, dammit! :)



ON AIR: Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT
CONCEPT: A 10-episode, intense psychological thriller based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by executive producer and director M. Night Shyamalan, about a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents, whose investigation only turns up more questions.
STARRING: Matt Dillon (Ethan Burke)
Melissa Leo (Nurse Pam)
Carla Gugino (Kate Hewson)
Toby Jones (Dr. Jenkins)
Shannyn Sossamon (Theresa Burke)
Terrence Howard (Sheriff Arnold Pope)
Charlie Tahan (Ben Burke)
Reed Diamond (Harold Ballinger)
Juliette Lewis (Beverly)
Tim Griffin (Adam Hassler)
GUEST-STARRING: Hope Davis (Megan Fisher)
PRODUCED BY: FX Productions
Ashwin Rajan
Chad Hodge
M. Night Shyamalan
DIRECTOR (premiere episode): M. Night Shyamalan
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: WaywardPines
Twitter: @WaywardPinesFOX / #waywardpines
Instagram: @Wayward Pines
(Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, beginning May 14)

Imagine the perfect American town, beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets...Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you’re going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines 

Based on Blake Crouch's international bestselling series of books and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”), WAYWARD PINES is the 10-episode, intense psychological thriller evocative of the classic hit “Twin Peaks. 

Secret Service Agent ETHAN BURKE (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon, “Crash,” “City of Ghosts”) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID, searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he’s the man who knew missing agent KATE HEWSON (Carla Gugino, “Watchmen,” “Entourage”) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.

Everything changes when a truck slams into his car…and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable NURSE PAM (Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo, “The Fighter,” “Treme”) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.

Among the other residents Ethan meets are the mysterious DR. JENKINS (Emmy Award nominee Toby Jones, “The Girl,” the “Harry Potter” franchise), the psychiatrist who treats him at Wayward Pines Hospital;  toymaker HAROLD BALLINGER (Reed Diamond, “24,” “Much Ado About Nothing”); BEVERLY (Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis, “Hysterical Blindness,” “Cape Fear”), a bartender who is as wary of Wayward Pines as he is; and SHERIFF ARNOLD POPE (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, “Crash,” “Hustle & Flow”), who takes offense at a Secret Service agent showing up on his turf.

Meanwhile, Ethan’s boss, ADAM HASSLER (Tim Griffin, “Prime Suspect”), attempts to update Ethan’s wife, THERESA BURKE (Shannyn Sossamon, “40 Days and 40 Nights,” “How to Make It in America”) with the latest news. After arriving in Wayward Pines, Theresa and Ethan enroll their teenage son, BEN (Charlie Tahan, “Charlie St. Cloud”), in the town’s only school, where his teacher, MEGAN FISHER (guest star Hope Davis “Allegiance,” “In Treatment”), provides key information about the town’s origins. But Ethan’s continuing investigation only turns up more and more questions, and each one leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?

WAYWARD PINES is a production of FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Chad Hodge (“The Playboy Club,” “Runaway”) and executive-produced by Donald De Line (“Green Lantern,” “The Italian Job”), Ashwin Rajan (“After Earth,” “Devil”), Hodge and Shyamalan.  Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode. “Like” WAYWARD PINES on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter at @WaywardPinesFOX and join the discussion using #waywardpines. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @Wayward Pines.

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