Do dead bodies stay dead in Wayward Pines? That’s the new question of the day, now that two assumed series regulars have been killed—and it’s only episode three! Will Melissa Leo find her way into a cheese grater? Will Carla Gugino get in a freak toymaking accident? No one is safe in Wayward Pines!
Given how very little we still know about this terrible albeit high-ranking Walk Score town, it’s certainly not out of line to suggest that the dead can come back to life somehow. I mean, time in Wayward Pines is already weird, and now there are some sort of skinny, sepia-toned monsters that drag dead bodies into a massive space-garage beyond the Jurassic Park fence—so, yes, I refuse to accept that corporeal reanimation is where we’re going to draw the line on too crazy.
And oh, we are sooo past that line, aren’t we? Here’s what you need to know about where things stand after the third episode:
Ethan’s second chances are running low.
As it turns out, Kate and Harold didn’t actually turn in Beverly and Ethan last week, but Pope lied to the town and said they did, as a warning. It’s one of several indirect cautions offered to Ethan this week. There’s the grim hanging of Beverly’s body at 604 First Avenue, which has now become the most popular hotspot for lifeless bodies since the “Bad Blood” video. There’s Kate’s tea-time scolding of Ethan, when she literally tells him, “There are no second chances here—you got one, so take it.” There’s a new shady figure—a realtor—who ominously warns Ethan of the cameras and microphones in his new house. And yet Ethan doesn’t register any of these warnings as actual threats, because he still has the deluded belief that he can escape.
And then there’s Sheriff Pope, who is basically one big walking warning sign. At this point Pope is teeming with vitriol towards the Burke family but he’s forced to keep associating, much like how we still have to read about the Kardashians. Pope brandishes his gun in front of Ethan, which is plenty threatening, but his most direct warning comes when he visits Theresa at the new Burke household to reiterate his whole “this is my town!” speech. Oh yes, by the way, Theresa lives there now.
Theresa and Ben are in Wayward Pines.
Let’s back up here. Mrs. Burke and Baby Burke decided to road trip to Idaho to find some answers at the secret service office in Boise. They visit the site of Ethan’s last credit card purchase—a gas station—and are told by some children of the corn that “there was an accident” near Wayward Pines. And so Theresa and Ben take off for the town, but on their way they encounter everyone’s favorite hostile lawman, Sheriff Pope, who pulls them over and secretly cuts the oil tubing under the hood.
And then we don’t see Theresa and Ben again until they reconnect with Ethan in his house. Did they really get into a car accident? That’s what the hospital told them and Ben’s got a cast on his arm, even though neither Burke has a memory of an accident. Still, that’s certainly what’s suggested when Ethan discovers Theresa’s banged-up car.
There’s a giant garage-thing inside the mountain.
As a means of escape, Ethan stows away in a delivery truck, and my initial reaction is “What kind of non-kosher delivery truck carries milk AND steak?” but it makes more sense when Ethan emerges.
He finds himself in a clean, cold, futuristic-looking spaceport of sorts, ostensibly nestled outside of the electric fence and inside the surrounding mountain (be it real or fake). The best way I can describe this place is like a grocery store modeled after a Disneyland ride queue. It’s essentially a warehouse, seemingly filled with cars of those who have been quarantined in Wayward and an assortment of storage units, each well-ventilated and adorned with a sign that reads “coffee” or “sugar” or “Funyuns.”
So, the town of Wayward Pines gets all of its food from the same homogenous manufacturer, which is fairly understandable (in WP terms at least). But what really gets me is a giant sign that reads “Wayward Pines” above a huge garage door. It’s almost as if there’s a whole series of idyllic towns behind electrified fences, and whatever this industrial complex is serves not just our good old WP but a slew of other, similarly titled utopias. (Eagle Springs! Falcon Crest Hills! Twin Crests!) Is WP one in a large group of experimental cities designed for…well, whatever it’s designed for?
Ethan doesn’t have much time to register what he sees in the warehouse, as he barely discovers Theresa’s car before Sheriff Pope pummels him and pumps him with a sedative (fun fact: the sedative budget on Wayward Pines is the same as the bones budget on Bones). Interestingly, in the scuffle, Pope says to Ethan, “I don’t know what they see in you,” which to me suggests that recruitment is the more dominant factor in Pines residency than chance.
When Ethan does wake up from the beating, he’s back in the hospital—his least favorite place besides the sedative factory—and Nurse Pam (holding another possibly phantom baby) coyly tells him that his family is waiting for him.
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