May 252016

waywardWell, maybe you can. I can’t.

I got excited about Wayward Pines last year. The premise (what we knew of it at the outset) was intriguing. The cast was excellent. M. Night Shyamalan was a key player. And it really, really appealed to me that it was 10 episodes up, 10 episodes down, and done. I waived my usual no-first-run-TV rule because of that. Set the DVR, start it 22 minutes late so I can zap commercials, and go.

See, though, the 10-episode characteristic was important in a number of ways. For one thing, there was no time to waste. The writing and the direction were taut indeed. When you have seven actual hours to tell a story, the television comes out lean as turkey bacon.

For another, I know where I am for big things. When the big reveal comes in episode five, I know there’s probably not another one. When there are loose ends in episode eight, I know I’m not far from resolution.

There was too much that appealed to me about the original run that inherently cannot be reproduced in a second season.

I watched the first episode of the second season tonight. It was skillfully written, directed, and produced. It was a good 42 to 44 minutes of high-quality thriller television.

But I understand all of the major trappings of the community of Wayward Pines now. I know what I’m looking at.

I hate it, but I think that’s fatal to my interest in the show. What I saw tonight could have been any show with good guys and bad guys. The backdrop, the details—they’re all there, but I know them now. There isn’t enough novelty or mystery in front of or around them to keep me.

I can’t stay. I’m sorry. Thanks for a great first season.

But I think we should see other people.

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  2 Responses to “You can’t go back to #WaywardPines”

  1. I think the same thing bout 24. I never saw the first season. I picked it up in season 2, and absolutely loved it. But, after that, it was the same old thing.

  2. I thought it was a good show. BUT I thought it was a one season show, like an extended mini-series. I have no interest in watching the new season.

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