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Old June 4 2015, 03:21 PM   #1
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"Wayward Pines" miniseries discussion (spoilers)

I'm surprised no one has started a thread on this FOX TV series that is already on it's 4th episode.
Wayward Pines is an American television series based on the Wayward Pines novels by Blake Crouch. Developed for television by Chad Hodge, the pilot was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, with both as executive producers.
It is set in a small town in Idaho.
Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Drama, (with horror, sci-fi-ish and dystopian elements)
Filming took place East of Vancouver, Canada.
After three episodes, you’ve been reminded of The Prisoner, Under the Dome, and select episodes of Fringe, The X-Files, and The Twilight Zone, as well as Lost Highway, Vanilla Sky, The Truman Show,
It has a feel of Lost, Twin Peaks, and also uses Shymalan's own “The Village”.
It is a limited 10-episode miniseries. It is very serialized but that's what makes it more cinematic and has the ability to be binge-watched. This shorter episodic storytelling lends itself to a slower paced story like a long feature film and it's sequel. In total it runs 7 1/2 hours without commercials.
As shows become more cinematic, it makes more sense for them to achieve an arc during the course of a single digestible season. Two of the best things on TV last year—the first season of True Detective and HBO's four-parter Olive Kitteridge—were effectively miniseries.
Fox wanted to make it a limited-run "event series".

I really liked the stylized cinematography and the look of the show which is heavily graded and contrasty in the post production. I thought the acting was fine although Juliette Lewis is always a little odd. I also liked the pacing and the slower introduction of characters in 2 episodes rather than just in the pilot.
During the series Shyamalan brought on feature directors for some episodes Nimrod Antal and Zal Batmanglij so the quality will be pretty high.

I'm glad broadcast TV is doing miniseries and shorter series with higher quality rather than milk it out to 22 episodes of separate episode stories and an arc. In 10-episodes you can really have a full story arc and real character arcs along with just enough character development.

Who else is watching. What do you think so far?
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Old June 4 2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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Re: "Wayward Pines" miniseries discussion (spoilers)

I've seen the first three episodes and so far I really like it. Not much more to add other than I feel the pacing is pretty good so far, but I hope they don't wait too long to reveal things.
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Old June 4 2015, 08:44 PM   #3
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Someone tell me if it's decent once the whole thing airs.
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Old June 4 2015, 11:11 PM   #4
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Enjoying it so far, though I'd figured out what the place is by the end of the first episode. (M Night Charlatan will have to get up very early to surprise me with a twist.)

Did enjoy the way the Sheriff got his, after the previous episode's cold-blooded execution.

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Old June 5 2015, 12:09 AM   #5
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It's not bad. It's completely unbelievable in a weird soft of way.
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Old June 5 2015, 05:38 AM   #6
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reminded me of The Prisoner at first, but he's no Patrick McGoohan.
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Old June 5 2015, 03:24 PM   #7
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Some really bad directing during that rock climbing scene--cables visible on either side of the climber!

It's a fairly good show, but certainly no classic.
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Old June 5 2015, 03:31 PM   #8
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2 out of ten.
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Old June 6 2015, 05:39 PM   #9
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The minute I finish an episode I forget 90% of what just happend. It is a really forgetable show but I'm still in...
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Old June 8 2015, 09:58 PM   #10
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I'm surprised that they're adapting the trilogy into just 10 episodes. I thought that they'd just be adapting the first one. Hopefully it won't feel rushed.
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Old June 9 2015, 10:22 AM   #11
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No idea about what happens in the novels, but atleast so far it hasnt felt rushed.

If I was Burke, first thing I would have done as a sheriff was find all the keys and try to find that place with all the cars where Pope was before..

Btw, should this thread be in the SF&F forum? This can obviously be classified as scifi.
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Old June 9 2015, 01:40 PM   #12
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We're enjoying this so far. I've always liked Matt Dillon.

The problem is shows like this hardly ever come through with a solid explanation/ending.

If this turns out to be Hell or some stupid crap like that, someone's getting a reckoning!

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Old June 9 2015, 01:46 PM   #13
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2 out of ten.
Would not pine for?
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Old June 9 2015, 02:13 PM   #14
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Even if it's a good story eventually, it's taking way too long to get to the meat.
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Old June 9 2015, 09:56 PM   #15
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I feel like I would enjoy this show more if M. Night Shyamalan's name wasn't plastered all over it. That automatically makes me want to hate it and think of all the possibilities are for the "TWIST" that's coming.

I like everybody in it, and as long as I block out that opening Shyamalan credit, I can enjoy the show. If they really wanted to go for a twist ending, they should have saved that credit for the final frame. "Executive Producer - M. Night Shyamalan"
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