Confusing, Mysterious, Psychological Thriller Wayward Pines comes to FOX

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Although everybody seems to hate M. Night Shyamalan these days, the first episode of Wayward Pines fits his style to a T. The show is full of mysterious, psychological confusion with a slight Twin Peaks edge. By the second episode, directed by Charlotte Sieling (Danish The Killing), a lot of that flare is gone. The camera angles are all regulated to eye level, and there are no direct closeups during dialogue to make the audience feel uneasy. It began to feel like an ordinary show, unlike the tense Pines that Shyamalan started with.

I’m not sure about some of the acting, either. Most characters have a dazed look that I would expect from those in town under the thumb of whoever is keeping them there. My problem comes in when those we’re expected to be suspicious of have the same deadened quality, and when those outside of the town have it too. Maybe I’m missing something because I have only seen the first two episodes, or maybe that is a fault in the show. I’m just happy I hopefully won’t have to deal with Juliette Lewis on the show anymore.

The occasional switch to those outside of the town, and the manipulated chronology heightens the level of uncertainty, but that too fell short by the second episode. I should probably read the book before trying to get interested in this series because I would rather the twists and turns hit me in a reading situation. I’ll definitely try to watch more, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep up with it.

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