“The following programme contains scenes of strong violence..”
Things got very hairy.
Oh yes. An:
That was how it was written.
I must say that the opening scenes with the credits may be my favourite ever opening in a series.
(Special Guest star-Hope Davis)
Yes. Now. Things are going down.
Written for television by the Duffer Brothers. And Chad Hodge.
(he wrote the book-name of which is in my first review)
Amy wakes up. I know the whole thing about Amy was made up. She has a suspiciously corny bandage on her head. I thought she was supposed to be dead.
The sinister nurse has transformed into a subversive and coolly dressed revolutionary. with two long plaits. A revolutionary against her brother. Well would-be.
Ah. Sweet, pudding faced David Pilcher. I thought he might do that.
Wayward Pines is spectacularly filmed I feel. Like a French movie.
(melancholy Aria plays)
David Pilcher is chilling out.
So without giving too much away-general mayhem ensues and someone says:
“We have to make it to the ark!”
(rapid gunfire outside) Clock ticks.
I think I mentioned that Theresa is so beautiful. She belongs in a French movie.
Here comes husky voiced Ethan, with a gun. And his golden star.
So this is nerve-wracking.
I could listen to Ethan saying OK all day.
Ethan (huskily) to Ben:
“”Look, you’re my son, I love you..”
“We’re gonna get through this..”
“I have to go”..
It’s all very dramatic.
A bit later..
David Pilcher, you didn’t..
That was horrible.
Ethan to Kate:
Soldier to woman guard:
“Wake her up”!
(growling and snarling) Lordy Lordy.
Get in the lift Ethan.
Better stop now.
No, not the lift shaft..
“There’s a ladder!”
“I see the door!”
Dearie me. There’s always a ladder. In the lift shaft. Isn’t there.
This is supremely suspenseful.
I officially can’t look.
(snarling and growling louder)
David Pilcher to Kate:
“The enlightenment is coming..”
“My ideas will live on..”
It’s the sinister nurse, in a spacesuit.
(you have to be there)
But Ethan, where is huskily intoning Ethan?
“What is all this?”
The sinister nurse:
“The rest of the population.”
“This is it this is all that’s left..”
“The last of humanity..”
I dunno. I’m still not buying it.
Wayward Pines is gorgeous. Still.
(carousel music plays)
There is a statue of David Pilcher. (inscribed)
Visionary, Wayward Pines
Ben stumbles, rubs his head. Then looks upwards.
So I think that the experience of watching Wayward Pines, like the drama itself, was greater than the sum of its parts. As in broken down, watching the drama episode by episode: it did have its wavering moments. In plot. In believability.
The watching of Wayward Pines requiring even more incredulity or would that be less: as we went along. Well for me anyway.
Still, some of this wavering in tone, pace and yes, plot: maybe the result of a blurring of genre. Subjectively felt by the viewer.
As in I had settled into Wayward Pines initially thinking the drama was one kind of genre. Then that genre jumps into another. And so on. Thing is those genres are undefined. Non-specific.
I think I posited the hypothesis in one review recently that a particular drama is the genre. Or summat like that.
Of course all this would be a lot easier if you just dispensed with the idea of genre all together. Which possibly is the point. If there is one.
Wayward Pines, like Between I would suggest is a genre beyond. An ungenre. Or even an anti-genre. Hey, there is no genre. These series are making their own. Genre.
So overall yes, Wayward Pines was greater an experience to watch as a whole than the parts it was made up of. I don’t mean that those parts were bad, no. They were brilliant. Atmospheric and evocative scenes. Most beautifully filmed.
With the town and the countryside pictured both wonderful to look at as well as realistic. However the town was so perfect along with the houses that they often resembled a stage setting..
I think these scenes are meant to waver visually and intellectually in our mind: between believable and not. Just like with the trustworthiness of not of the characters. To the viewer and to the characters involved.
Who exactly can Ethan Burke and his family trust in Wayward Pines? Who can we? Just like the characters have to take a leap of faith at some point as the plot progresses: so did we.
However I think that Wayward Pines held steady as a drama over this whole unusual story. That almost hiccuped a few times in its progress along the way.
Yet these leaps or lateral bounds or hops of the developing story: made the storytelling original and unique. I could say organic. But I won’t.
Plus there was some absolutely excellent acting all round, I felt. With the characters and their actions being filmed full up-close and personal a lot of the time. In oft luridly lit and deeply painterly deliberately claustrophobic scenes.
Ethan Burke might not say much, but when he does, his husky intoning voice is somehow powerful and impressive. Along with this silent screen presence too. Since he conveys these same qualities not speaking at all.