By Itzayana Jimenez |Staff Writer|
“Wayward Pines” is a mini series that premiered on Fox on May 14. It is based off the mystery trilogy novels “Pines” by Blake Crouch.
The television mini series is set to run for only ten weeks. In an interview with National Public Radio (NPR), Chad Hodge stated, “you are going to be satisfied at the end, this is truly a beginning, middle and end.”
This thrilling series is created by Hodge, the creator and writer of series such as “Runaway” and “The Playboy Club.”
The executive producer and director of the show is M. Night Shyamalan, the infamous film director known for his films such as “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs.”
The series stars Matt Dillon and has an incredible cast; Carla Gugino (Sin City), Toby Jones (Captain America), Terrence Howard (Empire), and Tim Griffin (American Sniper).
The show begins with mixed clips of Ethan Burke, a Secret Service Agent, played by Dillon, waking up from an accident in Wayward Pines, Idaho and Burke speaking to what seems like a therapist.
Burke is in Wayward Pines on a case looking for two of his associates, when he eventually discovers he can not escape this unusual town.
Shyamalan did an amazing job with the aesthetic of the project. The tone of the show was very creepy from the start, proving that he still had that spookiness in him after going off and doing action and adventure films such as “After Earth.”
When the episode first began I thought it was going to be your typical creepy town show where strange events occur. “Wayward Pines” is like that, but you want to keep watching because of the production, acting, and script.
The setting of the series is modern with hints of a vintage feel that make you contemplate the time frame. The color schemes throughout the show make everything even more eerie, with dark tones of forest green, navy blue, and cloudy grays.
Dillon’s acting throughout the first episode was incredible and kept me interested in the show. His character is tough, smart, and determined.
I love that about him. I didn’t feel the need to yell at my laptop screen about how dumb he was being like I normally do in mystery shows and films.
Juliette Lewis’ character, Beverly, is one of the few somewhat-sane people in Wayward Pines. During this pilot episode I got the feeling Beverly is going to be a sidekick to Burke throughout the series so I’m excited to see how their relationship develops.
Luckily for us viewers, we won’t be left with any cliffhangers because the creators know we’re all tired of those.
You can catch this ten week event series on Fox on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. or on Hulu Plus the following day.