Ever since Cole (Haley Joel Osment) said, “I see dead people” and I was completely thrown off-guard by the incredible macabre moment none of us saw coming in The Sixth Sense, I’ve been enthralled with anything M. Night Shyamalan puts his stamp on! Of course being a huge fan of the genre, I follow psychological thriller-supernatural movies, television shows and online serials with a passion. Does this make me a little morbid? Possibly. But no one can deny the way Shyamalan can draw in an audience, keep them guessing and then literally twist the knife in a little deeper until you are screaming!
This is definitely the case with the highly anticipated FOX series Wayward Pines, that premieres Thursday, May 14 at 9 p.m. Should you be scared? All I can say is the pilot episode left me confused, completely psychologically scarred (in a good way) and wanting more! Executive Produced by Shyamalan who wrote and directed the pilot episode, the first fifteen minutes will leave you twisting in the wind like a paper doll! Much like a roller-coaster ride, your mouth will be left gaping open like only Night can make you do!
The series stars Matt Dillon, whom you may recall from countless movies, television shows and most recently the flick Bad Country. He plays Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke, who’s married with a son and out on assignment with his partner, searching for another missing agent. Fast forward to a supposed car crash where he ends up in a hospital, in Wayward Pines, Idaho. If the overly sterile environment or creepy smiling nurse wasn’t the first clue something was wrong, the fact there are no phones and no one else is around, might be! All I kept saying is what the HELL is going on here? I was as confused as poor Ethan!
I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I won’t tell you what ensues after this scene, but I will tell you it was really nice seeing Secrets and Lies‘ Juliette Lewis (Beverly) and Empire‘s Terrence Howard as the ice cream eating, nonchalant, in-charge town Sheriff. Both serve as the people who can potentially enlighten Ethan as to exactly what’s going on, however question is will they?
The look and feel of the series hearkens back to The X-Files and Twin Peaks, delivering just as much mystery, suspense and intrigue as any mythology-driven show past or present. With its gloomy, dark backdrop, Wayward Pines, Idaho is not a place I want to get caught in!
As the series progresses, it is revealed that there is a much bigger threat beyond the town that will blow your mind, which Shyamalan cleverly always seems to do. He has a knack for reeling in the audience and then wowing them! Wayward Pines does just this and will leave you conjuring all kinds of theories as to what this town is, who’s in charge and where Ethan fits into the mix. What we’ll learn sneaks up on you and having seen the first five episodes, I’m anxious for number six!
With ten episodes, this is definitely the series to get caught up in this summer. It’s a fun, exciting, suspenseful, compelling psychological thriller with a twist, that will keep you at the edge of your seats! So buckle up and get ready for the ride of your life!