Wayward Pines – Premiere: Where Paradise is Home

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Welcome to Wayward Pines. Where paradise is home and all your dreams will come true.

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No! I don’t know about you, but this is one town I don’t want to be visiting anytime soon! Poor Agent Burke. What stories he will tell. Beautiful as it may seem, this town lacks something. Sanity! This newest event series from Fox will simply blow your mind! Executive producer, M Night Shyamalan is back! In all his creepy glory, this is not a show to miss. Set in the fictional town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, this story will give you the creeps, literally. There are many creepy characters in this show. Sheriff Pope,  Nurse Pam, the creepy little psychiatrist, Dr. Jenkins to name a few.

Based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines tells the story of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), who sets out to find two missing colleagues, one of whom — Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) — Ethan was having an affair with until recently. However, after surviving an car accident, Ethan ends up in the titular town, which is filled with all sorts of crazy characters, including a creepy nurse (Melissa Leo), a creepy sheriff (Terrence Howard) and a bartender named Beverly (Juliette Lewis), who, like Ethan, wants to escape. However, they both soon begin to realize that may be an impossible dream.

 Agent  Ethan Burke, is currently on assignment looking for 2 missing federal agents.Kate Hewson,  and another agent, Bill Evans, have gone missing from Ethan’s unit. While Burke and another agent, Stallings, are traveling, they are hit head on by a semi. Burke awakens in the woods, alone, beat up and bruised and walks into the quaint little town. Surrounded by the ever swaying pines, this town is just a front for something much more sinister. The cinematic quality of the filming is very pretty. It drags you in, makes you think that this is just another lovely, neighborly little town. But, as he interacts with a few of the townspeople, he finds something is wayward. Executive producer Chad Hodge admits that he believes Wayward Pines offers something that many of today’s mystery shows do not.
 Ethan has a complex past which drew him away from his wife Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) and son Ben (Charlie Tahan), and led to an affair with his partner, Kate. “He had some traumatic experiences and he had nowhere to go with it, except to his partner,” Dillon says. “That almost destroyed his marriage.” Thru strange flashbacks, we see that his wife and son don’t trust him. We gather that something tragic has happened to Ethan, that makes him seem on the verge of losing his mental stability. A flashback of him discussing hallucinations and nightmares, in regards to a bombing that he couldn’t stop and now feels guilty over, shows us how vulnerable he is.Will the series show us all the angles?
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 After entering town and collapsing in a coffee shop, he learns from Pam, a nurse at the hospital, that he has a concussion and some cracked ribs. Ethan then recalls driving with Agent Stallings, searching for Agents Hewson and Evans, when the accident occurred. Ethan leaves the hospital and meets Beverly, a bartender, to tell her about the search.She doesn’t seem as creepy as some of the others in town and I think he trusts her a little.
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She gives him a note with her address and a warning about the town not having crickets. Outside, hearing crickets, he finds a speaker box hidden in the bushes. What is up with this town, Creep factor 10 here! At the address, he finds the decaying tortured corpse of Agent Evans. What the hey! The body looks as though it has been here a long while. It’s been tied and tortured.  He reports this to Sheriff Pope, who appears disinterested. Sheriff Pope. This character scares me. Terrence Howard really plays this well. And if you ever liked rum raisin ice cream, I guarantee you will think about him every time you eat it from now on!
WAYWARD PINES:  Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard) in the "Where Paradise is Home" Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Ed Araquel/FOX

WAYWARD PINES: Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard) in the “Where Paradise is Home” Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Ed Araquel/FOX

He goes back to the bar, but Beverly cannot be found, nor does anyone know someone by that name. Becoming agitated, Ethan is knocked out and returned to the hospital. Local psychiatrist, Dr. Jenkins, suggests surgery to help Ethan’s condition;
WAYWARD PINES:   Ethan (Matt Dillon, L) meets Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones, R) in the "Where Paradise is Home" Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Liane Hentscher/FOX
 Nurse Pam gives him a sedative and wheels him down the hall. They attack Pam and Beverly helps him escape. In Seattle, Dr. Jenkins, the creepy little doctor, meets with Ethan’s boss, Adam Hassler,(Tim Griffin) who wants to “call it off”. Hmm, what tangled web of deceit do we have going here? Ethan’s wife, Theresa, wonders if he has run off with the woman he’s having an affair with, Agent Kate Hewson.
WAYWARD PINES:  Adam Hassler (Tim Griffin, R) meets with Theresa Burke (Shannyn Sossamon, L) in the "Where Paradise is Home" Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Ed AraquelFOX

WAYWARD PINES: Adam Hassler (Tim Griffin, R) meets with Theresa Burke (Shannyn Sossamon, L) in the “Where Paradise is Home” Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Ed AraquelFOX

He finds Kate in Wayward Pines. She is married and living the quiet happy life. He follows her home and questions her, but she claims to have been there for 12 years, conflicting with his speaking to her just 5 weeks ago. She adds that “they” are watching and listening, there is a camera on the porch fan, and suggests that he would be happy there.
WAYWARD PINES:  Ethan (Matt Dillon, R) has questions for Kate (Carla Gugino, L) in the "Where Paradise is Home" Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Ed Araquel/FOX

WAYWARD PINES: Ethan (Matt Dillon, R) has questions for Kate (Carla Gugino, L) in the “Where Paradise is Home” Event Series Premiere episode of WAYWARD PINES airing Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Ed Araquel/FOX

He steals a car to leave town, only to pass through it several times. Round and round we go, where we stop? Wayward Pines again. He finally stops the car and enters the woods, trekking through the trees until he comes to a high border fence.
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 Sheriff Pope follows him and pulls up behind him.

How do I get outta here, asks Burke, You don’t, replies Sheriff Pope.

  Please let me know what you think of this show. I think Fox has a winner here. I am looking forward to finding out what is really going on in this town!
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