Which scenario will lead to the destruction of the Human Race, Man’s Inhumanity to Man, or the savage aberrations that now run wild in the 41st Century? Once again that question drives the plot for season two of the FOX series “Wayward Pines,” as the residents fight amongst each other, and the creatures humans evolved into due to toxic pollution. The secrecy that engulfed the town in the first season’s mostly gone, but the divisiveness remains, as the young, volatile and unstable zealot Jason Higgins, attempts to keep the citizens in line.
The action begins shortly after the final scene of the season premier, as we watch a van containing Dr. Theo Yedlin and two rebels get sent through the gate that protects the town. Yedlin, Ben Burke and Xander, split up and try to escape the Abbies, however Xander’s almost immediately pounced on. The Abbies keep rushing the electric fence, which at first seems like madness, but they’ve got a plan in mind.
As the creatures fall to their deaths, they form a mountain of corpses high enough for some of the Abbies to make it over the fence. Higgins orders troops to the fence and insists that he and his significant other Kerry travel out there to assess the situation. What he doesn’t count on is Kerry getting mauled by an Abbie that jumped the fence, meaning Jason had to save Yedlin, the only doctor in the town to keep Kerry alive.
Yedlin’s brought to the hospital and Higgins orders him to perform surgery on Kerry, but Theo says not so fast. Jason needs him so Theo says he’s not doing anything until his wife’s brought to the hospital and he gets an explanation of what’s going on. Rebecca’s brought to the facility but Yedlin demands to know where they’re at. Rebecca shakes her head at Higgins, but the leader tells her husband the truth, however Theo doesn’t believe him. Rebecca convinces her husband to perform the surgery and he saves Campbell.
After completing the operation, Theo and Rebecca head to a home with their name on the mailbox. Theo finds out that his wife was revived three years before. Yedlin finally starts to accept his reality, there’s a knock at the front door and it’s of their neighbor’s Nancy, with her son who’s feeling sick and heard Yedlin’s a doctor. Thus starts Theo’s career as head of medicine at Wayward Pines Hospital.
We meet a new character, a man who appears to be in his mid-forties named CJ Mitchum. He’s described as a protégé of Pilcher’s and apparently he’s in charge of the military. Higgins wants to meet with him to discuss harvesting the crops outside the fence. The soil within the town’s not suitable to grow vegetables, so they had to plant their crops outside the fence, making the harvest a life-threatening exercise. It’s decided that the soldiers will attempt to protect the harvesters with flame-throwers, hoping the weapons will fend off the Abbies. The plan works, after incinerating a few of the creatures the rest of the Abbies retreat and they’re able to harvest their crops.
Ben Burke grabs one of the harvesters and begs the guy to hide him in a truck as he’s a member of the First Generation of Wayward Pines. The guy throws Burke off him and scrambles into a truck. Ben runs after the vehicles but the gate slams shut just before he gets to it.
Yedlin arrives for his first full day at the hospital and gets greeted by the hospital’s receptionist, Arlene who used to be the receptionist for the Sheriff. Theo recognizes her from when he saw her receiving electro-shock treatments when he operated on Kate Hewson. Arlene calls them her little tune-up to balance her out and says she’s now right as rain. The medical students then arrive so Theo can lead them on rounds.
Over at Wayward Pines Academy, Megan Fisher displays an Abbie’s cadaver eliciting gasps from the students. She smiles and tells them they’re perfectly safe as the creature’s dead. She then excitedly tells the students the cadavers and the three Abbies they hold captive will be the key to finding their weaknesses. She asks the students if they’ve got any questions and one of the boys asks if the Abbie in front of them scaled the fence by climbing on the pile of other creatures? He then asks if it can happen again and Megan says no because they defeated the beasts.
Yedlin and Higgins get into a spitting match as Jason tries to order Theo around and the doctor stands up to him. Theo says Higgins may not think Yedlin can do his job, but they both realize Jason can’t save a patient. Higgins starts to rant to Kerry, but Campbell tells her boyfriend that they need Yedlin and if not for him she’d be dead. Jason starts to cry and says she’s right.
Theresa Burke finds out that Higgins sent Ben outside the fence and begs some members of the First Generation to go out there and look for her son. She says that its their first rule that no member of the First Generation can harm another. Mario finally tells her they have their orders and tells two of the soldiers to take her home.
Ben makes one final plea for his life as he talks to the security cameras outside the fence. He says as a member of the First Generation, he’s supposed to be protected. He then says if his mother can hear him, he realizes she thought he went too far but he just wanted to do the right thing. He then says to Higgins hopefully some good will come of Ben’s death as the residents may realize what kind of a leader Jason is. Higgins tells the operator to kill the feed.
The next morning Burke’s standing in a cornfield when he hears rustling. He optimistically calls out for Mario and then Xander. However he soon sees a band of Abbies heading towards him. His final words are sorry dad and then the pack jump him.
The final scene has Kerry walk in on Jason watching the security monitors and she asks what he’s looking at and he responds nothing. Then he beckons Campbell to take a look and all the Abbies appear to have vanished.
Welcome back to the future, as we return to the FOX series “Wayward Pines,” once again this Summer. Here’s what we know as certainty, it’s been over three years since the deaths of FBI Agent Ethan Burke and the town’s founder Dr. David Pilcher. The First Generation Of Wayward Pines now call the shots and they lack any compassion and never allow any deviance from the rules. Jason Higgins now runs the town with an iron fist, encouraged by his significant other Kerry Campbell and his former teacher Megan Fisher. Although we believed Fisher perished in the season one finale, she survived although she’s now restricted to a wheelchair.
Higgins’ obsessed with trying to follow the example of Pilcher, however he’s dealing with a far larger band of Rebels than Pilcher did. That Rebel contingent’s lead by former FBI Agent Kate Hewson and her second in command is none other than Ethan’s son Ben. Their camp seems to be outside of Wayward Pines, perhaps indicating that their mortal enemies “The Abbies” may have vacated the area.
However our story opens on one of the Hawaiian Islands, in our current time-period. We meet a new couple Dr. Theo Yedlin and his wife Rebecca, who seem to be going through a rough stage in their relationship, as they sit on the beach and watch the ocean. Theo heads to the bar and orders himself a beer, when a stranger sitting at the other end of the bar says it appears a tropical storm’s heading their way. He says their only choice is to sit it out and tells Yedlin the next round’s on him.
Although the generous man’s a stranger to Theo, we recognize him immediately. He’s our old pal Sheriff Pope sent to the island by David Pilcher to acquire Yedlin for use in their future community. Pope and Theo keep the alcohol flowing and Pope starts telling the doctor about his vision of the future of humanity. The future lawman says that change’s coming, that humanities headed for an evolutionary transition.
We fast-forward later into the evening and Pope asks Theo, that if the doctor had a chance to save one thousand people, by putting them down but realizing he could revive them magically in the future? Once again we fast-forward as the pair are now totally wasted. Poe says that he’s a great judge of people and he tells Theo that he’s a great man and he’s going to save a lot of lives.
Our next scene shows us Theo being revived in his cryogenic chamber and he finally wakes up in an ornately furnished room. He’s on a couch and an attractive young woman’s sitting a few feet away in a chair. Yedlin’s disoriented and embarrassed and it takes him a couple of attempts to get off the couch and standup. He tries to get the young woman, Kerry Campbell to tell him what happened to him and she smiles. She says he must have forgotten about the tropical storm, however he’s in Wayward Pines and his wife will arrive shortly. She then says he’s needed at the hospital.
When they arrive at the facility Theo sees Kate Hewson lying unconscious on a gurney and Jason Higgins standing nearby. He tells Yedlin that the patient has a bullet lodged at the base of her spine and Theo tells Higgins that the woman’s septic and asks why she’s been left unattended. Higgins responds that the town’s former doctor died and that’s why they sent for him. He then tells Theo that the doctor’s boss at Mass General said that Yedlin was the man they needed.
Once Higgins mentioned Yedlin’s supervisor’s name, Theo bought into the legitimacy of the project. Higgins explained the town as a secret Government project, to examine the effects of a post-war environment. He said everybody in the town were volunteers, Yedlin responds he didn’t volunteer. Higgins says Theo’s wife Rebecca’s on her way and once he completed the surgery, they’d be sent home.
While the procedure takes place Higgins meets with Campbell and she tells him they lost another member of The First Generation to the Rebels. Higgins realizes that Xander Beck’s the traitor, then Campbell informs Jason that two more members The First Generation died that morning. Higgins walks over to a whiteboard covered with photos including a large image of Ben Burke and out of frustration he asks aloud Ben where are you? We then become aware there’s another person in the room as we hear Megan Fisher’s voice.
Although many fans of the series hoped Fisher met her demise in the first season finale, the director of the Wayward Pines Academy survived the night of destruction, though now wheelchair bound. However she still maintains a Svengali like influence over her former students. When Higgins’ puts himself down for not being the effective leader that Pilcher was Megan counters that Jason’s fighting a far tougher situation than Pilcher faced.
The procedure succeeds and Theo gets a chance to talk with his patient. Hewson tries to convey to Theo that things aren’t as they seem and that Jason lied to him. Yedlin then sees that Kate’s handcuffed to her bed and soon after Higgins enters the room and tells Theo that he’s headed to the Wayward Pines Hotel. He’ll stay there until Rebecca arrives.
Theo’s driven to the Hotel by a young man named Mario, who seems to be the town’s new sheriff, although he’s never referred to by the title. Yedlin finds out that Mario’s never left the confines of his town, Mario explaining he believes he best serves humanity by staying in town.
After parking the vehicle, Yedlin and Mario start walking to the hotel when they see a young woman being forcibly escorted by two members of The First Generation Of Wayward Pines. Her young son follows them out of the building and asks his mother where she’s going and one of the Goon Squad roughly pushes the young boy away. Theo attempts to intercede, but he’s quickly told to stay out of it. We then realize the young woman’s Ruby, former waitress at the diner and part of Kate’s original band of Rebels. She smiles at her son and tells him she’ll be home soon, the Goon that pushed the child earlier suddenly turns kind and tells the boy he’s going to buy him some candy and they reenter the building.
We get our first glimpse of Ben, sitting at a table in the Rebel’s base of operation talking with Xander. Beck’s telling Ben that the Rebels are driving Higgins crazy as they keep eliminating Jason’s soldiers. Burke’s not satisfied with that though, saying the only way to make changes is to get inside the operation.
Theo enters his sparse hotel room and opens a plastic bag with his belongings inside of it. He sees his wedding ring and we get another flashback from Hawaii. Turns out that the hurdle in the Yedlin’s marriage concerns whether or not they should have a baby. We’re not told which partner favors bringing a child into the world, but Theo says to Rebecca that she knew what he was when they first met. She responds that’s why she fell in love with him.
Returning to his present, Yedlin tries opening one of his hotel windows but finds it’s sealed shut. Xander soon arrives and removes the nails outside the window that kept occupants from opening it. He tells Theo he’s getting him out of there and the two escape.
Higgins goes to question Hewson, he tells her he could have let her die and she asks why he didn’t. Jason says because she’s the Rebel leader and he wants Ben’s location and Kate just scoffs at him. She replies Higgins killed her husband and she’s not about to help him. Jason says that he’s just trying to follow the principles that Pilcher put in place, Hewson laughs at him and tells him his problem’s his refusal to evolve. He leaves the room in disgust.
He meets again with Kerry and he says he believes the only way he can gain back control’s through another Reckoning. Campbell says the residents aren’t going to love him for that, however Fisher interrupts her. Megan says Jason’s got to send a message, Higgins nods his head and says clear and severe.
Xander asks Theo if Kate talked to Jason and asked what she said, but Yedlin told him he didn’t know. He then asked if Hewson said anything to him and Theo said she mentioned Group C. He then says to Beck he just wants to go home, Xander opens a gate that leads to the town square and tells Theo he is home. Noticing the crowd gathering for the Reckoning, Beck tells Yedlin they should leave as Yedlin won’t want to see this.
Higgins strides onto the podium and grabs a microphone, so his words are not only heard by the crowd, his voice gets transmitted over the town’s radio station. Kate hears his words lying in her hospital bed, while Ben and some of his followers are gathered in a UPS truck, listening on their radio. Jason apologizes for not being the leader that Pilcher was, then says the time for bloodshed’s over. He offers a general amnesty for any of the Rebels that surrender, he then asks that Ben and his followers come to the square and lay down their weapons. He waits for a bit then walks off the podium, shaking his head and telling Campbell he tried.
We watch two men in uniform open the back of a van and two men and Ruby come out with their hands bound and lead to the podium. Jason says he offered a peaceful solution, but he’s now forced to do what Pilcher would have done and the three captives are forced to their knees on the podium. He goes up to Ruby, puts his hand on her shoulder and when she remains silent Mario puts a bullet in the back of her head.
Yedlin starts to charge the podium but gets intercepted by some soldiers. Just then we see Rebecca’s in the crowd and she calls to her husband. Theo’s taken into custody and then Jason says enough and stands behind one of the two men and puts the pistol against his head. Suddenly Ben’s voice rings through the air, he says you want to stop the killing we’re here and we surrender. They put their guns on the ground and Higgins barks out, take them.
A huge group’s taken to a detention center, among them Theo and Rebecca. The couple hug and Yedlin pleads with his wife to leave the town and says it’s not safe. Just then Mario summons Theo and Xander and says Jason wants to speak with them immediately. Rebecca tells her husband she’ll wait for him.
Jason tells the two men the rebellion’s over and he’d like the pair to join him on the mountain for a meal and discuss the future for the town. Theo says Higgins needs to let him know everything that’ s going on and Jason says he will and to get into the car. Xander’s handcuffed and put into the back of a van where Ben’s sitting there with handcuffs as well.
Megan heads to Kate’s hospital room so she can pour salt in the wound. Fisher says that it’s time to put aside their differences and work as a team. She then notices that Hewson’s pain medication’s low and starts to inject more with a syringe she puts into the IV tube connected to Kate’s arm. However Kate had picked the lock on the handcuff chained to the bedpost and she jumps out of bed, throws Fisher to the ground and kneels over her with a razor pressed against Megan’s throat.
Fisher says you just can’t get along and suddenly we see the madness in Hewson’s eyes. She talks about man’s achievements through time. She says we were capable of so much, but now it’s your world and your future and she says she doesn’t want any part of it. She then takes the blade and slits her own throat and when she dies she’s laying right next to a blood covered Fisher.
Mario drives Theo to the top of the mountain right in front of the electric fence that guards the town. Yedlin asks what’s on the other side of the fence, Mario knocks him out with a slug to the jaw then opens the gate and puts a large rock on the accelerator. The van goes into the woods and tips over. When Theo regain consciousness, he’s horrified by what he sees. The Abbies run en-masse towards the van and one of them cracks the windshield, however instead of going after Yedlin they try to climb the electric fence. Just like lemmings rushing into the sea, the Abbies keep attacking the fence and getting electrocuted. See you next week!
The FOX Network mini-series “Wayward Pines,” has set the table for a truly spectacular finale, with a taut and exciting penultimate episode entitled “A Reckoning.” Finally, the entire population of the small town in Iowa, are discovering the truth about their situation, however an ominous final montage leaves one wondering if the truth and the residents of Wayward Pines, will survive the final episode? The town’s sheriff Ethan Burke, averted a crisis early in the episode, but that threat was back in play at the end.
Our first image’s a wide-shot of a neighborhood at night, suddenly phones start ringing all over town and we see the lights getting turned on in the houses. We move to the town square, the spotlights on the platform where they perform reckonings, come on. Then we watch Ethan walking onto the platform holding a knife to Kate Balinger’s neck and asking the crowd if that’s what they want to see. The crowd cheers lustily, but there are 14 residents who are allies of Kate and although undetected, they’re holding weapons.
We then go back several hours, to see the events that lead up to the reckoning, starting minutes after one of Kate’s crew drove through the electric fence with a 30-foot dump-truck. The driver left the cab with the body of a comrade who died on his way to the fence. Seconds later they got devoured by three Abbies, one eating the corpse the other two killing then eating the driver.
As they finish their meal, one of the Abbies realize that the fence’s disabled. He crawls underneath the truck to the other side of the fence, then crawls back to signal his mates. However he’s killed by Ethan slamming into him with his jeep. The other two Abbies attempt to escape by crawling under the truck, but Burke shoots out all the tires and the truck falls on them and crushes them to death.
Back at Burke’s office, Kate’s in one cell while Franklin and two other members of their team are in another. Franklin’s not the guy I’d want to be spending my final moments with, as he’s the voice of doom and gloom. He keeps repeating their dead, that Burke’s going to come back and then have a reckoning for each of them. Kate says that Ethan’s not Pope and they’ll all be fine. She says she knows Ethan and he’s not going to kill them. Franklin counters with she used to know him before they got to him.
Ethan’s secretary Arlene’s sitting at her desk playing solitary, when three teenaged boys walk into the station and demand to see Sheriff Burke. She tells them he’s not at the station, then asks them what gives them the right to demand anything? The loudmouth of the trio, flashes his school ring and says he’s a member of the first graduating class of Wayward Pines Academy.
He then says that Wayward Pines has rules and punishment for breaking those rules and he wants to know when the sheriff will hold reckonings for the guilty. Arlene says that’s none of his business and tells them to leave, one of his buddies tells the loudmouth Jason that they should leave. Jason says tell the sheriff if he doesn’t want to do the reckoning he knows people who will gladly take care of it. Then they leave.
Ethan’s got a construction team repairing the fence when David Pilcher arrives. Burke says he’s got the situation under control and Pilcher responds that the rebels won’t stop. Ethan says the reason that they drove through the fence was Pilcher’s fault for not leveling with the residents. The creator of Wayward Pines blames his sheriff’s leniency as the problem, telling him he must kill Kate Balinger.
The doctor says that the rebels will fall apart without her leadership. He then asks Burke if he could have killed the Easter bomber, before he killed so many, would he have done it? He says to Ethan it’s one life for the safety of the whole town.
Burke drags Harold Balinger into an interrogation room and shows him pictures of the remains of the two guys who crashed through the fence. It’s clear that they’ve been eaten by some monster, but Harold asks Ethan what he did to them? Burke looks him in the eye and says if he killed them, he’d have shot them instead of eating them. He then tells Balinger that he needs the names of the other members of their team, or this will happen to all of them.
Pamela’s sitting in her office and going through some books, when she finds a picture of David and her when they were children. She smiles at the memory at first, but then she gets up from her desk and leaves her office. Pamela believes her brother’s lost his way, a rift formed between them over Reggie Hudson and her days of unquestioning loyalty ended.
Theresa Burke steps out of Ben’s room at the hospital and Pam asks her how Ben’s doing. Theresa says that Ben slept through the night and Pam says that’s great. She then quietly asks her if Ethan told her the truth about Wayward Pines and Theresa uncomfortably nods yes. Pilcher asks if she believes him and Burke responds she doesn’t know what to believe. Pamela says that’s a good attitude, to question everything.
She then tells Theresa to go home and get some rest, that they’ll take good care of Ben. However, she tells Theresa not to take Main Street, instead to take the route that passes Lot 33 and see what you find. Theresa smiles weakly and leaves the hospital she looks at the pass that Pilcher slipped into her hand, granting her total access to the town.
Ethan goes to the surveillance center of the complex and tells Pilcher that he’s got 14 names, they are the rest of Kate and Harold’s team. The surveillance operator says that they’re all together at the Bier Garten, but when they pull up the video feed the bar’s empty. A call by Pilcher to the bartender, reveals that all 14 tracking-chips are in a beer-mug.
Ben’s in his hospital bed when he starts hearing these codes alerting doctors to a crisis in Amy’s room. Ben unhooks himself from the monitors and walks into the hall and sees Amy’s mom and dad leaving her room crying. He tries to go into the room when Pam stops him, she tells him Amy’s developed a swelling of the brain and she needs surgery. Ben breaks down crying and Pam hugs him.
Theresa heads to Lot 33 and knocks out the surveillance camera with a steel pipe. She then heads into the shack on the lot and quickly realizes that the rickety wooden floor boards, hide a metal trap door. She opens it and sees a ladder heading down to the basement. She takes the ladder down and uses a flashlight at first but the lighting system senses her presence and starts lighting the hallway. She comes to a door that reads passes and it says total access granted and the door opens.
Megan Fisher comes to Ben’s room at the hospital and asks about Amy’s condition, he tells her the surgery’s completed and it will be a couple of hours before the doctors know anything. She then asks if he thought any more about their conversation the previous day, when she said that Ben needs to share his thoughts publicly. She then tells him about the crashing of the fence.
She says the town’s coming apart and he needs to be a leader and talk to the people, telling them he doesn’t approve of the leniency the rebels are getting. She says you’re not alone and suddenly there’s a sound outside Ben’s window that sounds like marching. However it’s all the students from his class standing outside his window, slamming their fists into the palms of their other hands, a gesture that looked like they wanted revenge.
The surveillance operator sees the commotion outside the hospital and pulls it up on the giant monitor and calls for Burke and Pilcher to check it out. Just as they walk over, they see Megan and Ben come outside and Ethan asks the operator for audio. Fisher tells the students to let Ben talk and he thanks them for coming and tells them about Amy.
He then says that Amy’s a really good person and whom ever was behind hurting her deserves to be punished. He then apologizes for his father letting the town down. Jason and his two buddies are in the crowd and Jason asks Ben when his father’s going to have a reckoning, Ben replies he’s not having one. Jason and his buddies turn around and storm off, then the rest of the students leave soon after.
Jason and his pals head back to the sheriff’s station, Arlene tries to lock the plate-glass door, but Jason bashes through it. He then tells Arlene to give him the keys and she spits in his face, he picks her up and throws her against a wall. Then he handcuffs her to a filing cabinet and takes the keys, he opens the rifle rack and starts loading three with ammunition.
Kate recognizes him, he was in their toy-store when he was just eight-years-old and he bought a wooden soldier that Harold had carved. She says she remembers it like it was yesterday and says he was a really good kid. She says it doesn’t have to end like this and one of Jason’s buddy’s says she’s right, we’ve made our point. Jason screams at him this isn’t about making a point, then asks if his pal was deaf throughout their school-years.
First he opens the cell with Franklin and the other two men, he tells them to come out and get on their knees. He then opens the cell with Kate and Harold and she tries to grab him to ask for sympathy and he responds with the butt of his rifle to her head. While she’s on the floor he tells Harold to get out and join the other men on their knees.
He then makes all four men repeat, “Work Hard, Be Happy And Enjoy Your Life In Wayward Pines.” He then takes his rifle and puts it to the back of Harold’s head. Harold mouths I Love You to Kate then we hear the rifle fire and we see Harold’s blood and tissue all over Kate’s face. He then shoots the other three dead and heads into the cell and points the rifle at Kate’s head. However Ethan comes in right then and kills Jason with one shot, then tells the other two teens to drop their weapons.
Ethan brings Kate into an interrogation room and says that the only way the other 14 people will be safe, is if she tells him where they are, so he can protect him. She responds like you protected Harold? Then she says the only way he can protect them, is by stop protecting her. He says he won’t do that and she says if he doesn’t kill her, another Jason will.
Arlene runs into the room and says she thinks more vigilantes are there, she just heard something. However when he goes out front, it’s Theresa and she says she needs to show him and Kate something. They head to Lot 33 and Theresa sits down in front of a computer containing video archives and pulls one up and starts playing it. They soon see Adam Hassler who says the date’s September 15, 4020 and they’ve finally reached the city, but have found no survivors.
He then says a band of Abbies are following them and he believes it’s the same group they saw earlier in the trip. He then turns the camera to the Golden Gate Bridge and its either in pieces or partially submerged. The video then cuts out. Theresa says there are hundreds of video journals from cities all over the country, nothing’s left.
Ethan looks over at Kate and asks if she believes him now and she asks why Pilcher hid this from them. Burke says Pilcher’s a control freak but they have to tell everybody. Theresa asks how they’re going to tell people without Pilcher finding out? Ethan says just show this to as many people before midnight as possible, he’ll take care of Pilcher. She asks why midnight and Kate and Ethan say in unison there’s going to be a reckoning.
Burke heads over to Pilcher’s office and the surveillance operator tells David that the sheriff’s in his office waiting to talk to him. When the doctor enters his office, he sees Ethan sitting there drinking liquor, Burke says he decided that reckoning Kate Balinger’s the only solution. However he needs all the residents at the reckoning, Pilcher gives him a remote control which controls all the phones.
Which brings us back full circle to the opening scene as Ethan and Kate walk across the platform, while Burke asks the crowd if they want Kate dead. He then lets her go and puts down the knife and tells the crowd he’s not going to kill her, instead he’s going to tell them the truth. The world they know is long gone, Wayward Pines is it. He then says they’ve been ruled by the man they know as Dr. Jenkins, who in reality’s David Pilcher. He says he’s ruled through fear and violence for too long.
Somebody screams from the crowd that Burke’s lying and then Kate says he’s telling the truth, that she saw it for herself. She says all these years she’s just wanted to know the truth, but she never expected that they were the last surviving people. Then Theresa says she saw it as well, then Arlene says she also saw it, followed by some other residents.
Kate says that Pilcher thinks they can’t handle the truth and will turn on each other, but she says they can show him he’s wrong. Suddenly Megan Fisher steps forward and shouts Kate down, asking how she dare talk about Dr. Pilcher. She calls Kate a terrorist and Theresa steps up and slaps Fisher across the face. Megan’s shocked and then she asks if they’re all going to just stand there and everyone remains silent. Then the lights go out, first in the square then all throughout Wayward Pines. We see its Pilcher turning off the power via a keyboard and then we see the electric-fence power down. Our last image’s the hand of one of the Abbie’s starting to scale the fence.
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The townspeople gather on main street. A reckoning is afoot. Ethan marches Kate to the platform, knife pressed against her throat. Some of her supporters are amidst the crowd with small weapons, seemingly prepared to respond. Flashing back to sometime before the reckoning, there is a much larger problem descending upon the fence. It takes one of the Abbies seconds to deduce that food very well could be on the other side of this large metal box that breached the fence. Luckily, Ethan arrives in time to introduce this Abbie to the grill of his truck. He then quickly smashes two more crawling under the dump truck by shooting out the tires.
In their holding cells Franklin begins to freak out a little while Kate remains calm. Franklin anticipates Ethan doing his ‘job’ like Sheriff Pope. Kate disagrees. Her previous experience with Ethan would seem to dictate just the opposite. Franklin insists they are already dead, it’s just a matter of time.
The apparent spokesmen for the first senior class of Wayward Pines abruptly pay the Sheriff a visit. Even though Ethan is not there, they are less than polite about their agenda. The children, even the old ones, take the rules very seriously. Their point of contention is that Ethan is holding terrorists with no intention of a reckoning. Arlene does her very best to stand strong between these kids and the detained. They reluctantly leave.
In what I at least I see as an underwhelming follow-up to a significant cliff hanger, we find Ethan and David Pilcher observing the repairs on the wall. One Abbie got through and Ethan killed it. Two more attempted to get through and Ethan smashed them with a parked dump truck. The gist of the collective fanbase’s anticipation for this episode in particular had to do with how much damage the Abbies would cause and is Wayward Pines equipped to fight them off. Taking three of them out before they could organize and fixing the fence is extremely underwhelming.
Ethan and Pilcher debate the causes of the predicament they find themselves in. Ethan believes this happened because Pilcher won’t tell them the truth. Pilcher believes this will only get worse the longer the rules violators go unpunished. Pilcher suggests that without Kate, there is no rebellion. Reckon her and everything goes back. A notion, that for now, Ethan refuses to get on board with. Then Pilcher does something that might be ill-advised. He threw the Easter Bomber in Ethan’s face as a cautionary tale before the dramatic walk away.
Ethan forcefully escorts Harold into the interrogation room…for the second time now. Harold tries to resist Ethan’s approach until he sees Kate. Ethan shrugs that off and drops two 8×10 photographs of Allen and Eric. Or what’s now left of them. As predicted, Harold is having a difficult time accepting the evidence in front of him. Ethan wants names.
Pam feeling nostalgic or fearful, finds Theresa and pulls her aside. This private conversation begins with the importance of questioning things. This is either Pam opening up or setting Theresa up for something bad. She suggests Theresa take Boxwood instead of Main St home. Just to see what she’ll find. Pam was touchy/feely for a reason. When Theresa reaches the elevator she discovers a key card in the sleeve of her cardigan. They same type of key card that unlocks the cryo-chambers.
All of the names Harold gave Ethan are conveniently in one place. Or so it would seem. Surveillance puts them all at the Biergarten. Which at the moment is virtually empty. The barkeep gets a phone call from Pilcher. No words are heard, but upon hanging up, the bartender finds all of their tracking devices at the bottom of a beer glass. The 14 dissidents are off the grid.
Amy develops a swelling in her brain. The commotion draws the attention of Ben who is under the impression that she is recovering just fine. Like any caring person in a hospital scene of this type, Ben almost cannot be contained by Pam. His emotions run over. Pam eventually convinces him to trust the staff.
During the painful time that Ben must wait to hear back from the hospital staff on the progress with Amy’s swelling, Megan Fisher re-enters Ben’s hospital room spewing her tired rhetoric. She stops speaking to let the student body’s fist pounding outside can be heard. Fisher is a rabble-rouser. She has collected the children and lobbied for Ben’s involvement to create added pressure for reckonings.
During the surveillance to find the dissidents, HQ’s staff finds this temporarily non-violent protest outside the hospital. Ben speaks to the crowd. At first it’s somber about the situation with Amy. But then it transitions into the same lines about rules and the safety of the town. Even including an apology for his father’s failures. This prompts one of the seniors to demand an answer.
Jason (senior): So when is your Dad going to reckon them?
Ben: He’s not going to.
(the senior storms off)
Naturally, the key card in Theresa’s possession would lead her to plot 33. What Theresa finds looks more like a bomb shelter than anything else. Once below, one swipe of the key card and ‘level 13 clearance’ appears and the door opens.
The Dead Poets Society rejects (seniors) return to the Sheriff’s office. This time with a bat and less calm. Jason subdues Arlene and handcuffs her to a filing cabinet before breaking into a weapon locker. At this point, Kate tries to reason with Jason by recalling a story involving Jason and a toy soldier about ten years earlier. The story only causes him to hesitate momentarily. At gunpoint, Jason forces the group out of their cells. Harold tries to retaliate after Jason strikes Kate but it doesn’t work.
Jason begins reciting the motto. He stands behind Harold, gun pointed. Then in a cinematically dark turn of events, shoots Harold in the back of the head sending blood all over Kate’s agonizing face. He continues to take out the remaining men with no abandon. Just before he shoots Kate in the head, Ethan arrives and shoots Jason.
Once moved to the interrogation room, Kate is tight-lipped. Almost catatonic. She eventually gives in. Ethan can’t protect the dissidents as long as Kate is being protected. Her plan is to reckon her to prevent others from dying. Before they can decide on this, Theresa comes in and tells Ethan she has something to show him, and Kate should see it too.
Lot 33 seems to have a library of videos of some specific relevance. The first of which shows Adam Hassler in the year 4020. He has found the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s half-submerged in the bay. He also references the Abbies and how they have been tracking him. This is another source that confirms what Ethan has said. Ethan has decided these videos need to be shared with the town. But it has to come before midnight. That’s when there will be a reckoning.
Ethan has invited himself into Pilcher residence. He tells Pilcher he plans to reckon Kate. Ethan will reckon Kate, but that’s it. No more killing. Pilcher gladly agrees. Ethan’s one other stipulation is that everyone, and he means everyone, has to be there. This brings us back to the reckoning scene from the cold open. However, he does not kill Kate. It was all a ploy to get everyone within earshot of Ethan to hear the truth.
Pilcher watches on a monitor as Ethan uncovers Dr. Jenkins as Dr. Pilcher and the man behind the curtain. The world they know no longer exists. Kate chimes in supporting Ethan’s claims. Then Theresa. Then Arlene and so on. Fisher interjects to push back and proclaim David Pilcher the savior deity she believes him to be. Megan rants on demanding Kate be reckoned. That’s the precise moment that Theresa slaps the gumption out of Fisher’s rant. Then…Pilcher cuts the power to the entire town. Including the electricity to Amy’s hospital room. And for what? To show them the horror he has been protecting them from. The final frame shows an Abbie grabbing the fence with no consequence for doing so.
“Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away.”
For What It’s Worth-Stephen Stills
Utopia: The perfect society; a place devoid of all the troubles that plague humanity; a land of contentment, free from want and hardship and filled with friendship and love for each other. People have strived to reach or create such a society since the dawn of creation, but they never last for long. Are imperfect creatures capable of building a perfect society?
With just two episodes remaining in the FOX miniseries “Wayward Pines,” we’ve become aware that a sizable segment of the town, don’t truly feel they reside in “The Friendliest Place On Earth.” During episode eight, viewers found out that characters such as Ruby from the coffee-shop and Tim Bell the manager of the Wayward Pines Hotel, aren’t the compliant and passive people we assumed they were. Both were actively involved in the plan designed by Kate Hewson, to disable the electric fence surrounding the town and escape.
Dr. David Pilcher, the architect of the ark that contains the only remaining humans in the year 4028, now finds himself fighting twin battles. The first being a growing segment of the residents of Wayward Pines that want answers. However the more pressing problem’s the one he’s not aware of yet, the fence has been breached and it’s just a matter of time until the Abbies cross that divide.
Pilcher realized that humanity would cease to exist within the next few hundred-years, back in the nineties and he set a plan in motion to repopulate the planet in Wayward Pines, Idaho. He then spent the next 15-years kidnapping people and then putting them into a state of suspended animation, so they woke up over 2000 years later without physically aging a day. The new residents thought they’d been unconscious for hours, or perhaps as much as a day and most of them believe they still live in the 21st century.
When the residents awoke they found themselves with new lives and a fresh start, a needed second chance for many of them. They got new homes, new careers and even in some cases new significant others. In many ways it was a paradise, as long as the resident followed the rules, prominently displayed throughout the town:
Do Not Try To Leave.
Do Not Talk About The Past.
Do Not Discuss Your Life Before.
Always Answer The Phone If It Rings.
Work Hard And Be Happy
And Enjoy Your Life In Wayward Pines.
Those rules were not part of David Pilcher’s original vision for Wayward Pines. The current residents of the community, are referred to as “Group B,” because the people from the first group that got revived, couldn’t accept their new realities. The knowledge that they were the last survivors of humanity and the world they knew, ceased to exist two-thousand years earlier, created mass-panic. Residents either fled in panic and quickly became meals for the Abbies, or took their own lives. Determined that the second control-group not suffer the same fate, Pilcher established his wall of secrecy and eliminated anyone who threatened to peek behind the curtain.
There’s a different set of rules in effect for the children of the community, known as the First Generation Of Wayward Pines. They’re informed about their new realities by the Director of the Wayward Pines Academy, Dr. Megan Fisher. A hypnotherapist in our era, Fisher’s masterful in her ability to connect with disaffected teens such as Ben Burke. A young man that spent his lifetime on the outside looking in, he now feels loved and popular. There were no smiles for Theresa or Ethan Burke from their son, when they visited him in the hospital, however he met Megan’s arrival with an ear-to-ear grin.
Ben’s not only accepted his new life, he’s embraced it joyously. He’s got an adorable girlfriend named Amy and Fisher told him in the last episode, that he’s a hero having survived a terrorist attack and people are going to want to hear his opinions.
It’s further reinforcement of the bond she’s creating between the children and the state, further alienation of the child from the people who raise them. Your parents can’t handle the truth, we have your best interests at heart, the state in effect becomes the parent. It’s the same principles used in totalitarian societies throughout history, the Nazis, Stalin’s Soviet Union and the Cultural Revolution in China utilized the same tactics. If the people raising you are enemy’s of the state, then turn them in.
Megan quickly turned Ben against his father partially by picking at an old wound, surmising that Ethan may have been less lenient, had the suspect not been married to Kate Hewson. Fisher realized that Ben felt his father chose Hewson over his family when he had his affair with her. Fisher inferred that Ethan’s feelings for Hewson, nearly cost Ben his life.
We’re aware that Pilcher and his associates care deeply about the town’s children, but how much do they care about the adults. Pilcher wants compliance and things to run smoothly, his concerns with adults seem to be less about happiness and more about acceptance. To keep the placidity he’s trying to maintain in his town, he’s shown us that no measures are too extreme.
David’s sister Pamela interviews the staff of 24 volunteers that regulate the surveillance feeds. Although 23 members of the crew have no problems with the concept of eavesdropping, one man named Reggie Hudson admits to erasing comments that he attributed to fear. Then he looked Pamela in the eyes and said.
“These people are scared. I see them sobbing in their rooms, holding each other. They just don’t understand what became of their lives. It’s just human nature to ask questions.”
Surprisingly, the ever loyal Nurse Pam didn’t share that conversation with her brother. While she’s the first to call for a reckoning, she thinks it will send a bad message to the other volunteers if Reggie gets punished. David ignores her advice and buries the man, filling the tube he’s encased in with soil.
Whether Pilcher wants it or not, that wall of secrecy has collapsed now that the fence got disabled by the 30-foot dump-truck. It appears that the residents of Wayward Pines are going to find out the truth about their situation, sooner than later. Can they band together and defeat the Abbies, or is humanity doomed once again?
The Story Continues Thursday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.
Ethan frantically carries his injured son into the hospital. Pam greets him and tries to put his mind at ease by reiterating that the children are their most precious resource. Shortly thereafter, Pam escorts Theresa into Ben’s room. The prognosis is better than expected, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Dr. Pilcher runs in and Pam intercepts him. He is understandably irate. Pam’s solution to the fallout is to have a ‘celebration of life in Wayward Pines’.
Harold and some of the dissenters are in the woods with an injured man. Assumption being the driver of the delivery truck. Harold gets the news that Kate is in jail and others are in the wind. One of them, while sympathetic has to leave to save himself.
While Kate sleeps, we see a flashback dream sequence of her in a padded room with Dr. Pilcher. She seems crazy, but really is having a difficult time coming to grips with the situation. With the limited truth the adults are given, it’s not far-fetched that she still believes this is a government program/experiment.
Pilcher attempts to quell the rumors being discussed in the coffee shop when Ruby gets a phone call. A gathering tonight, attendance is mandatory. Pilcher surveys the room after this news. Ruby looks awkward and removes something from her left ear. They appear to be pine needles. Her chip indicates that she’s at home in bed. Pilcher wants to look deeper to see how many other chips suggest they are at home in bed.
Ethan visits Kate demanding to know where the others are. He tells her about what happened to Ben and when she shows sincere concern, he lashes out. Then Kate brings up the question that we haven’t seen posed on-screen. Why did they choose Ethan to be Sheriff? Was it really just because he killed the Sheriff and then must assume his responsibilities? Kate believes that when it comes right down to it, Ethan will always follow orders.
Pam meets with Pilcher in his home to update him on the status of Amy and Ben. He interrupts her to tell her that he believes Ruby is ‘one of them’. Pilcher believes there is someone on the inside helping them to evade surveillance. Pam’s suggestion of conducting a security review doesn’t seem to do much for his concern.
Pam begins her questioning. She leads them down standard questioning then throws each one a curve ball. Thus far, they are giving all the right answers. Until interview #3. He is skeptical about how much he should be hearing. He believes she’s opening up for him to be honest. In turn, he gives honest answers. Not the best idea. “It’s just human nature to ask questions”.
Ben wakes up with Theresa bedside. His first concern is Amy. As Theresa leaves the room to check on Amy, Mrs. Fisher sneaks in to speak with Ben. After the initial small talk, she begins to plant the seed that this all happened due to Ethan’s poor choices in letting people go. She’s clearly doing damage control. She continues putting more thoughts in his head as to the severity of the situation. Up to and including the suggestion that he was a survivor of a terrorist attack.
The group of dissenters in the woods discover that their driver has died. They begin to dig a grave for him when one of them stops. He refuses to bury this man inside the fence.
At the gathering, amidst the side conversations, Pilcher suggests that the Mayor say some words to bring the people together. The Mayor doesn’t get three sentences out before Ethan asks to address the crowd. His message is just the opposite. Ethan thinks this gathering is a bad idea. Ethan gives details to what happened last night, which is exactly not what Pilcher wanted.
Ethan visits Ben and tries to make light of the situation. Here’s where Mrs. Fisher’s words influence Ben’s thinking. Even when Ben mentions the notion that Ethan let Harold go because he’s married to Kate. Bringing up previous issues they dealt with in Seattle over two thousand years ago. But, Ethan lets him speak. Saying to Theresa, he can say whatever he wants. Ben is clearly angered by this. Theresa tries to suggest that Mrs. Fisher is filling his head with this, and Ethan cuts her off. Then Amy walks in.
Pilcher and Pam meet again. It seems no one is intentionally breaking any rules. He says that it would be a tough line to cross if they had to punish someone on the inside. Pam claims they won’t have to. This grabs Picher’s attention. He grows a devious smile. It seems he is becoming suspicious of his own sister.
Letting the man go that would eventually cause a bigger problem would not be the first time it’s happened with Ethan. Ethan tells Theresa about the ‘Easter Bombings’, the previous example. This is the incident that lead to his infidelity with Kate.
Theresa confronts Mrs. Fisher. Theresa is not wrong, but squaring off with the Principal and residential hypnotist is probably not the best direction to take. She suggests that the best thing Fisher can do is to stay as far away from her family as possible.
Ethan gets a call about a stolen truck. In their effort to open the fence, for freedom or burial opportunities, Harold and the other man from the woods have stolen a 30 foot dump truck. Instead of assuming that there will be another bomb, Ethan thinks that the truck may be the bomb. Or at least the tool to open the fence.
Our second flashback of the night shows a more compliant Kate discussing her progress with Dr. Pilcher. She compares the difference between the same questions here and there. Wayward Pines provides a place where the imminent fear of terror is dramatically minimized. She feels safe regardless as to the answers. She can live moment to moment. Her compliance of course is only an act. Pilcher visits Kate in jail. They discuss the balance between risking loss of life for the truth. Both stand firm on their convictions. Despite that, Pilcher will not tell her what the truth is. Even after she reveals that she knows his name is David Pilcher and not Dr. Jenkins.
Pilcher: It’s not a question of keeping people in the dark. It’s a question of keeping people alive. Freedom or safety. Not both. (Pilcher walks away)
Kate: And who anointed you to make that choice?
Pilcher: I did.
Pilcher returns to his study where Pam pours him some tea. She leaves to get him some pie. Pilcher picks up the phone and quietly asks for security. The first stop is interview #3. Pilcher informs Pam of the interviewer. Pam is resistant to the idea of punishing him. Pam’s own humanity is showing through despite Pilcher’s panic. Pilcher gathers all of those ‘on the inside’ to witness what he thinks will be the last killing. With Reggie (interview #3) in cryo-stasus, one of the workers walks up and pushes a button on the panel and the unit fills with dirt. With Reggie still in it.
Harold tells his associate that he cannot continue without Kate. As he tries to walk off out of view, Ethan spots him from his truck. After a short chase and a few rounds shot in the air, Harold stops. Harold won’t give anything up and tells Ethan its too late.
Pilcher gives a Pilcher like speech to his team about vigilance. Meanwhile the man in the dump truck rams the fence. Successfully enough. He grabs his dead friend and ventures into the other side. He has a moment reviling in their success. Believing that they’ve made it. It only takes a few moments for the Abbies to find him. His moment of success becomes his moment of realization, just before they eat him.
Ethan spent the night contemplating what he now knows. In the morning Theresa comes downstairs to find him in the kitchen still pondering what he discovered the night before. Despite instructions from Pilcher, Ethan decides to gradually tell Theresa enough to get her to stop considering a move back to Seattle. As we’ve discovered from ‘group A’, she just can’t wrap her head around the idea. She predictably thinks he’s been somehow brainwashed. He tries to explain that what he’s telling her came from what he saw with this own eyes and not a drug induced haze from a treatment at the hospital. He mentions the ‘creatures’ and even the bombshell that it’s not the 21st century. The number ‘4028’ is actually the date. Shortly thereafter, they all get in Ethan’s truck and he notices something peculiar.
Ethan suggests they start walking. In short order, Ethan finds the culprit under the hood. Ethan takes the metal cylinder to his new office and discovers what looks like a small amount of C4. Pam walks in after Ethan pulls a file from the hiding spot in the floor.
On the walk to school, Theresa clings to Ben as she has since they arrived. Ben, unlike Theresa knows and has embraced the truth. He has accepted this fate and is good with it. Theresa’s mind can’t seem to get past the Seattle that no longer exists. Theresa tries to follow Ben inside the building but Mrs. Fisher won’t permit it.
On her way back from the school, Theresa again stops at Lot 33. Despite its plain appearance, she finds what appears to be a trap door in the ground.
Ethan meets with Franklin (the man from the file). He finds a way to bring up Franklin’s previous experience with explosive demolition, which prompts Franklin to leave abruptly.
Mrs. Fisher begins their Biology lesson by encouraging the children to open their text books and snicker if they’d like. This appears to be a lesson in sex education as procreation is the most important job the kids of Wayward Pines have. Reliving a sex ed class is very awkward to relive. The creepy factor rises a little when Mrs. Foster suggests that part of her job is to help them find their eventual mate.
Ethan finds Harold meeting with Franklin shortly after Ethan’s meeting with Franklin. After some small talk, Ethan asks Harold why he found a bomb in his truck then ask Harold to accompany him to the Sheriff’s office. Once outside, Harold tosses a pedestrian towards Ethan in the hopes of escaping. Harold doesn’t get very far.
Behind closed doors Ethan and Harold chat. Harold doesn’t admit to anything but does suggest that taking down the wall wouldn’t be a bad thing. “Don’t you want to get out, anywhere?” Ethan turns it back around to the ‘group’ of those trying to take down the wall. Specifically asking for names. Harold predictably jumps on the grenade taking credit for everything. Ethan writes a note intended for Kate, adding further confusion for Harold.
Clearly the note was to meet with Ethan as soon as possible. Kate is absolutely the leader, but we already knew that. We flashback to one of if not the first meeting of this clandestine group, then Ethan asks her to stop. Then she asks the magic question. “Why would I stop?” Ethan explains just enough. It’s not the 21st century out there. Kate seems to take this as more lies and she gets distant quick. Ethan gives her the ultimatum to cease and desist, but one must believe that’s not going to happen.
Amy catches up with Mrs. Foster to discuss Ben. Not as an assignment, but that Amy is legitimately falling for Ben and is considering taking their not quite relationship to the next level. Or in other words adding a level of physical intimacy into the equation.
Kate returns to the toy store and heads to the back. She and Harold believe ‘they got to’ Ethan. As we learned in the flashback episode, the adult mind refuses to accept the new reality. Kate decides to advance the time-table. They take the wall down tonight. But before that, its their turn for their annual fertility assessment. It’s obvious that the powers that be are intent on progressing towards that first completely original generation. Kate and Harold play the part well, but at the very least Pam is becoming suspicious.
Theresa and Kate accidentally meet in an elevator. After a short uncomfortable pause, Theresa asks to talk. About Ethan. They share what they know and accepting the truth is not on the table. To further complicate things, Kate tells of the only phone call she was able to successfully make to an outside like. There was a message from Ressler. Kate was entering a governmental program and would be severely tested. Possibly from another agent. And that her good-bye felt final.
Ethan pulls up right as Amy outlines her plan for her and Ben’s romantic evening.
Kate’s group attempts to set their charges when Ethan breaks up the party. Franklin disarms the bomb and Ethan accompanies them all to their respective holding cells. Kate doesn’t back down. She let’s be know very clearly that whatever this is, it’s only just begun. Once Ethan deduces that Harold is in charge of the backup bomb, she stands even more firm.
Ben makes his escape from the house (quite nimbly I might add) to meet up with Amy. They wait for the delivery truck to pull up. The same delivery truck that possesses said backup bomb. With the assistance of Pam and a very Dark Knight-esque surveillance system they locate Harold and the delivery truck driver passing a package. That package is in the delivery truck currently. Which is where Ben and Amy are. Amy finds the package and opens it. Another Ballinger original music box, which Amy uses as ambiance. Amy pulls Ben down behind a stack of sand bags and the kissing begins.
Ethan pursues that lead, but a group of Kate’s followers set up a roadblock to slow him down. It did, but just enough. Just as Ethan arrives on foot behind the delivery truck the little ballerina stops and the back-end of the truck blows up before Ethan can get there. After the explosion, Ethan finds Amy. Then shortly thereafter an unconscious Ben.
Fans of the FOX network miniseries “Wayward Pines,” witnessed back-to-back mind-blowing episodes in chapters five and six, of this ten-part production. The fifth episode entitled “The Truth,” revealed that the town of Wayward Pines, existed in year 4028 long after humanity had ceased to exist. Episode six explained in detail how Dr. David Pilcher and his sister Pamela, put together his plan to restore humanity in our planet’s distant future.
Pilcher along with a security guard he employed Arnold Pope, turned to kidnapping to populate humanity’s new home, starting with a brilliant physician that lost his medical license for prescribing too much Oxycontin. Pilcher tells Pope that he’s giving second chances to people who deserve them, including Pope himself.
The kidnappings seemed to have gone on for 15-years, as we know Beverly got kidnapped in 1999 and they were still occurring in 2014. That was also the year that Pamela, Pope, Megan Fisher and Pilcher put themselves into suspended animation through the cryonics process. They were the first revived and then decided who would become members of their first control-group to populate Wayward Pines.
After watching the fifth episode, I was convinced that there had to be a bridge that connected Wayward Pines to our era. How else could Pilcher have had two conversations with Ethan Burke’s boss Adam Hassler in 2014? How could Sheriff Arnold Pope have gotten Burke’s wife Theresa and his son Ben into Wayward Pines. When Pilcher tells Ethan that he underwent the cryonics process in 2014, my first thought was perhaps those events took place before Pilcher took his 2000-year nap.
However about 24-hours after watching the telecast Thursday night, I realized that the David Pilcher that had those two conversations with Adam Hassler, wasn’t the shaggy-haired younger version of Pilcher that went to sleep in 2014. In both those conversations, Pilcher appeared as he does in 4028 losing his hair and with far more lines on his face. Which leads me to the conclusion that a bridge from Wayward Pines to our era, does indeed exist and possibly hiding out in plain-sight.
A new element to the story got introduced in “Choices,” the existence of “Lot 33.” To the naked-eye “Lot-33” looks like a plot of undeveloped land with a chain-link fence around it. However the plot’s right in the middle of town and we find out the victim of the last reckoning Peter McCall thought there was more to the lot than met the eye. Could “Lot 33” be where that bridge to our era exists and if so, how does one utilize it?
To be certain, a bridge from 4028 is a far-fetched notion, but this is a series that’s based on far-fetched notions, that humanity will start it’s fall in just 80-years and that our species has been supplanted by the mutant Abbies. So accepting all that, would a bridge between eras be that much more of a stretch?
We’ve seen the older version of David Pilcher in 2014, the question remains how did he get there. I’ve not read any of the novels in the series and have steered clear of any spoiler-articles, so this is pure conjecture on my part. However until given a better explanation, I’m thinking this is indeed a credible theory.
The Story Continues Thursday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.
Viewers of the FOX network miniseries “Wayward Pines,” learned in episode five that the town that claims to be “Where Paradise Is Home,” exists in the year 4028. Thursday night, we found out the genesis of the project conceived by Dr. David Pilcher and why the occupants of the town, used to live in our era. We get the information through the explanation that Pilcher gives to former Secret Service Agent, turned Wayward Pines Sheriff Ethan Burke, after he’s brought back to the town via helicopter.
Before Burke’s told about his new reality, we witness a scene of destruction. Our first sight’s a badly-bent street lamp, as the camera pans downward we see that it’s bent due to a now dead woman crashed into it in her car. As the shot widens we see a sign for Wayward Pines lying in the road, along with several dead bodies and numerous fires that have broken out. In the distance we see a group of hysterical people running and screaming.
We see a man approaching the town from the opposite direction, at first we can’t make him out however as he nears the camera, we realize it’s Pilcher. But he’s far younger than the man we know and sports long hair. His eyes grow with horror as he surveys the death and destruction around him.
When we return from the commercial break, we see the town of Wayward Pines as it looks on any typical weekday morning. However a little girl riding a pink bicycle looks up at the sky and notices the chopper flying overhead, containing Pilcher, Burke and Nurse Pam. It lands at what’s known as the “Complex” and the three of them go inside and we a rather good-sized production facility that’s fully staffed. Pilcher explains that all the workers in the complex are volunteers and make great sacrifices, to devote their lives to this cause.
Pilcher’s summoned via loud-speaker to another part of the complex, Nurse Pam tells Pilcher she’ll take care of Ethan’s arm that got sliced up by an Abbie in the previous episode. As she stitches up Burke’s arm she says she realizes he’s likely very angry with her right now. She says she hopes by the end of the day, he’ll have a better understanding of what they’re doing.
There’s a page for Pamela Pilcher and the nurse says to Ethan that duty calls. Burke asks her if she’s David’s wife and she giggles and says she’s his sister. She tells Ethan that David got their mother’s good looks, while she inherited her stubbornness.
Ben’s looking melancholy before Theresa heads off to work and she asks her son what’s wrong. He mentions a poster he had in his room, about the earth’s population constantly growing and that made him feel insignificant. However he suddenly has started wondering if he truly could make a difference and he finds that prospect scary. Theresa asks what made him start thinking of that and he said science class.
Theresa heads to her job at the real-estate office and witnesses the office secretary Henrietta, telling their boss Bill McCallum that he can shove his job where the sun doesn’t shine. She says she should have gotten Peter’s job as an agent, instead he brings this cutie-pie in for the position. Burke tries to tell Henrietta she doesn’t want the job, but her boss tells her to stay out of it. He asks the secretary what’s she going to do, take another job out-of-state?
Burke follows Henrietta to her car and starts apologizing, but the secretary cuts her off and starts complaining about the town. She talks about Peter getting killed and says that it had nothing to do with graffiti, he was onto something with his theory on Plot 33. Theresa asks her what’s Plot 33 and the secretary, shakes her head saying for Burke to stay away from it. Burke starts telling her about her conversation with Mr. Johnson, the man she gave the house to Henrietta says that talk like that will get her killed, gets into her car and drives off.
Ethan alone in the room that Pam stitched him up in, suddenly hears the growls of one of the Abbies and he follows the sound. He walks into another room and gets terrified when an Abbie jumps to the front of his glass case, he’s even more frightened when Pilcher enters and turns on the lights and Burke sees exactly what the creature looks like.
Pilcher says to Burke the Abbie doesn’t like him and he puts the creature to sleep with some gas that he pumps into the cage. Ethan asks who are they and Pilcher responds a distant relative, Burke asks how distant? The doctor starts to tell Burke the beginnings of Wayward Pines, he says that back in the 1990’s humans started realizing how badly they were effecting the environment. However Pilcher’s company through a series of DNA testing, determined that the environment had started mutating our genes. He tried warning the scientific community about it, but they laughed at him when he made his presentations.
David had just one ally, one believer in his theory his sister Pamela. After being laughed at during another presentation, Pilcher told his sister he was giving up his fight. He said even if the scientific community believed in him, it might be too late. Fighting alone, his cause was hopeless. Pamela said he still had her and he sarcastically said he and his ex-junkie sister would save humanity. Pamela smiled and said, perhaps one day we will.
Turns out that Kate and Harold Balinger, aren’t happy serene couple we thought they were. They’re part of a rebel faction along with a deliveryman named Ted that want to blow up the fence and return to their lives. Ted’s supposed to deliver Harold parts to construct a bomb with, but he accidentally dropped off the package at the real estate office. He doesn’t trust McCallum, but the couple tell him he needs to retrieve the package.
David Pilcher skips ahead a few years in his story, he’s now gained credibility and notoriety due to his book “The Coming Crisis.” At a book-signing a hypnotherapist named Megan Fisher approaches him and says he needs to be the catalyst to save humanity. He says though he’s starting to get some scientists to agree with him, most scoff at his theories. She says then leave them behind and take who you need to build a society for the future.
Inspired by her confidence in him, Pilcher decides to build a society for the future using cryonics. He’ll set-up a new society, inhabited by citizens that will help his new community grow and thrive. He realizes he needs somebody to kidnap the people for Wayward Pines and approaches a security-guard from his company named Arnold Pope.
Pope was a good man who fate beat-up, he lost his father before he can remember. However he didn’t let that stand in his way as he went though grade-school getting all A’s on his report-card. Then he lost his mother to cancer in 1987 and Arnold lost his way, ended up doing two-years in a teen correctional-center, then two years in prison for heroin possession. As Pilcher tells Arnold he knows about his background, the security-guard braces himself to get fired, but Pilcher tells him he wants him on a new project. Helping people get the second chances they deserve.
The first person Arnold goes after is a brilliant physician who lost his medical practice for prescribing too much Oxycontin. He lost everything he had including his wife and family and now worked as a butcher in a grocery-store. Arnold sneaks into the apartment and knocks the former doctor out with a rag coated with ether. Later that afternoon, the doctor would be the first member of the new society to get preserved by cryonics.
Over the next few years, Pilcher recruited volunteers to run the complex, while kidnapping hundreds of people to populate his town. Finally in 2014, Pelcher, Pamela, Megan and Pope got frozen, he set the controls for them to get awakened 2000-years later, according to his statistics when humanity as we know it was extinct.
When they regained consciousness, Pilcher realized he was correct and set about waking up others and start giving Wayward Pines it’s citizens. It took two-years to get everything running smoothly and they built the fence, not to keep the residents in, but the Abbies out.
He then tells Ethan that the reason he woke him up, was because the town was disintegrating and needs a hero, Pilcher thinks Burke can fill that role. Ethan says that you can’t rule people through fear, secrecy and surveillance, that Pilcher has to tell the residents the truth. The doctor replies he can’t do that, the people will go into a mass panic. Burke says that Pilcher doesn’t know that, but it turns out he does.
The doctor reveals that Ethan and the current residents of Wayward Pines are Group B. The first group that was revived Group A, were told the truth when they awakened. Everyone handled the news calmly at first, but after a couple of years realizing they were the sole surviving humans drove them mad. The scene that opened this episode, showed us the final moments of Group A’s participants. They either ran away and got destroyed by the Abbies, or killed themselves.
The doctor says they’re living in the Dark-Ages right now, but Enlightenment will soon be upon them. Ethan asks where that enlightenment will emanate from and Pilcher says from the children. That young minds are far more flexible and can easily accept a new reality, Burke asks if his son Ben knows the truth and Pilcher tells him yes.
David says that there’s a faction right now that’s trying to escape, he doesn’t know who they are but they want to blow up the wall. Burke says he’s not going to allow anyone in the town to get killed. He says that he’ll make certain that all are safe from a rogue group, the Abbies and from the reckonings.
The final scene takes place at the toyshop of Kate and Harold, Balinger has constructed the bomb and installed it in one of his music-boxes. He says he doesn’t want innocent people getting hurt, Kate asks how many people that the town-leaders have killed over the years. She says she wants to leave and get back home, but she can’t leave Harold behind. He promises her they’ll leave together.
The Story Resumes Next Thursday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.
There are times when a Television series suddenly takes that leap from being a good show and evolves into greatness. For this writer that leap took place, during episode five of the FOX Network’s ten-part miniseries “Wayward Pines,” as the true scope of the story got revealed. After picking my jaw up from the floor, I started trying to make sense of what got revealed and the numerous questions that were flooding my mind.
If you have yet to watch the first five episodes of this show, I strongly suggest you stop reading right now and head to FOX.com to catch up. If you’re still with me, lets discuss what’s rapidly evolving into a brilliant Science Fiction series. We found out from two different sources, that the Burke family and their fellow residents of Wayward Pines, are certainly a long way from Kansas and from life as we know it.
While fans of the show were aware from the series premiere, that time was an important factor in the story, I highly doubt that viewers who haven’t read the series of Wayward Pine novels, had any idea that the characters now lived in the 41st Century and that humanity had long been wiped off the earth. That the dominant species on the planet, were known as “Abies” short for aberrations and the species were in fact our descendants. A species that evolved due to a hostile environment, while lacking our knowledge they are our physical superiors, able to kill a fully armed soldier in seconds.
A scientist from our era Dr. David Pilcher, not only correctly predicted the future, he built a bridge to it and set-up the walled in community known as Wayward Pines. He also acquired residents for his town by kidnapping them and then putting them into a state of suspended animation, so they woke up over 2000 years later without physically aging a day. The new residents thought they’d been unconscious for hours, or perhaps as much as a day and most of them believe they still live in the 21st century.
The only residents that get to learn the truth, are the students of Wayward Pines Academy. Megan Fisher who seems to be in charge of the school, puts new students through an orientation program and reveals to them where and when they truly are, in stages. The first part of the program, introduces the students to the concept of the Abies, then they get sent to lunch.
When the students return, they’re informed of the other part of the equation by Megan in the form of an ancient coin. After scraping the residue off the coins, the students realize that they’re United States quarters, minted in the year 2095. Then they’re informed that those quarters are from the last year, before society fell apart and that they live in the year 4028. Fisher then tells them they’re part of the first generation of Wayward Pines and they mustn’t tell their parents, as they’re too old and set in their ways, to deal with their new realities.
While Ben Burke and two other new students went through orientation, Ben’s father Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke got an up-close look at exactly what Megan described to her students. He reached the summit of the mountains, surrounding the town and quickly deduced he was in a strange new world. Ethan’s arm got sliced by one of the Abies and he later witnessed a group of them tear apart the carcass of a dead dear.
He then found an old mangled highway sign, for an exit in Boise, Idaho, but the landscape he saw were the ruins of an ancient civilization. As he attempted to make sense of what he was seeing, a helicopter arrived carrying an armed soldier and the man Burke knew as the Wayward Pines hospital psychiatrist Dr. Jenkins. After telling Burke how he never ceased to amaze him, he revealed his true identity as Dr. David Pilcher. He convinced Burke to return to the town with him and he would explain things fully to him.
As I wrote earlier, with all the revelations we received fans of the show now have just as many unanswered questions, starting with how did David Pilcher receive the information about humanity’s future and how did he build or acquire the technology to build a bridge from our era to the 41st Century? Also who has access to that bridge, we know that at least Pilcher, Nurse Pam and the late Sheriff Pope crossed back to our era. Now that Burke’s the town’s new sheriff, will he have access to that bridge and would he try to bring his wife Theresa and son Ben back to 2014?
Another question revolves around why Pilcher didn’t build his bridge to a time, when he could have stopped the aberrations from occurring? There wouldn’t be a need for the first generation of Wayward Pines, if humanity still existed in the future. Also what factors came into determining whom Pilcher and his crew chose to populate this ark, as Megan Fisher refers to their town?
Narrowing it down to the Burke’s, did Pilcher choose Ethan knowing his wife and son would come looking for him, or are they just making the best of the situation now that it’s occurred? Pilcher now has two Secret Service Agents in his town, does he believe that Kate Hewson and Ethan Burke, have qualities due to their training that make them assets for his community? Does Pilcher have any desire to take on the Abies and reclaim the earth for humanity? If he doesn’t then what motivated him to introduce this community 2000 years in the future?
Director M. Night Shyamalan, burst upon the American Cinema Scene in 1999, with the release of his first movie, “A Sixth Sense.” Although his first movie turned into an instant classic, his last few movies have failed to impress the critics or the public. He turned to the small screen in an attempt to win back fans and his presentation through the first five episodes, should have accomplished that feat. Or perhaps the director will decide that this new venue’s more to his liking and a better vehicle for his talents.
We are only halfway through this miniseries, however if it stays on its current trajectory, perhaps we will get to see further installments, of this so far fascinating tale. In an era of cookie-cutter TV shows, Wayward Pines has started to blaze its own trail, with perhaps the best Science Fiction series since the Rod Serling anthology “The Twilight Zone.”
The Story Continues Thursday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.