Wayward Pines Enemy Lines – Wayward Pines’s season two premiere starts with a brief recap of the first season and setting the stage for Ben stuck in a nightmare Wayward Pines, controlled by the first generation while many of those who would ally with him are still stuck in cryogenic slumber.
Review and recap Wayward Pines Enemy Lines
The biggest question going into this season’s premiere was how the show would cope with losing its hero, Ethan Burke, after he sacrificed himself in last season’s finale. Would Ben be the new main character? Could a teenager carry the weight of the show solo? The first season was based on the Wayward Pines trilogy of books. But the first season covered all the books. For here on out, the show is on its own. How is it going to handle that?
During the first few opening scenes we’re introduced to Theo Yedlin, a doctor. We see him meeting him Sheriff Pope back in before the world fell apart. The next thing we know he is being awakened in Wayward Pines and immediately rushed to the hospital to take a bullet out a mysterious patient’s neck.
On route, Theo jumps out of the car and runs off, understandably confused and scared as no one is really explaining anything to him and all he really knows is he’s obviously been kidnapped. Of course as he has no way of knowing what he’s dealing with or the real threat that Wayward Pines poses, he is quickly recaptured.
At the hospital, he’s given a phony story about Wayward Pines being part of a government project. He’s then taken to the patient: it’s Kate. This is an unexpected twist, as one could have easily assumed she was still in cryogenic stasis.
This new Wayward Pines is different than last season’s and also more frightening. There is something ominous about the way almost everyone in sight is a young adult, the creepy almost religious-like pictures of Pilcher everywhere, the heightened military presence, and the almost Nazi-like uniforms that the Wayward Pines security forces wear. The latter may not be subtle, but it does help to show how much more dangerous the town has grown. Who knew that there could be a world in which Pilcher would be the tolerant one?
We meet two Wayward Pines’s new authority figures, Kerry and Jason. Jason appeared briefly during the first season, but Kerry is a brand new character. Through their conversations we learn that they are in a tense gorilla warfare type battle against a rebellion run by Ben. The rebellion has been raging for nearly a month and many people have died as a result. Ben has taken on the role of leader of the rebels, organizing attacks against the Wayward Pines authority, attacking patrols and taking down the enemy one at a time.
Kate’s surgery is successful, and as she wakes up in the hospital, we learn that she is another of the rebellion’s leaders. Jason tries to convince her to give him information about her associates but instead, she attempts to convince him to see the world in a new light and realize the need for things to change.
One of the interesting things about Jason as Wayward Pines’s leader is that he is much more sympathetic than Pilcher. He’s young, following the rules and beliefs that were essentially brainwashed into him. What he is doing is wrong and often cruel, but at the same time, in a strange way, he is also a victim.
Theo understandably already has some concerns about having been essentially kidnaped, but these concerns continue to grow after he witnesses Arlene being tortured in the hospital, Kate attempts to warn him that the government project is a lie, and he sees Wayward Pines firsthand.
At his hotel room, he’s approached by Xander, one of the rebellion members. He’s taken out on the streets where he witnesses the true ugliness of Wayward Pines.
Jason calls a gathering of the town and gives them a speech, offering amnesty to any of the rebellion. When no one comes forward he takes a more violent approach, bringing out several known resistance members and starting to shoot them in front of the crowd. He only stops when Ben arrives and gives himself up along with several others. Actually Ben’s surrender was the only part other episode that felt forced. It seemed too quick and easy? Perhaps it’s because we, the audience, were joining the rebellion at the very end, but it seems unnatural that Ben would so readily sacrifice the fight he had been carrying on in his father’s name. Or that he would believe Jason.
With the rebellion over, Megan, who is still alive though now crippled, approaches Kate. Who knew Meghan, like the town, could be even creepier than last season? Kate decides she wants no part of Meghan and Jason’s future, and chooses to slit her own throat. Sadly a waste of an interesting character who could have potentially added so much to this season. She was one of the most fascinating characters last season, and with her history she could have contributed so much more. It’s a shame she was brought back only to be killed off.
Ben, Xander, and Theo are told they’re being taken to the facility on top of the mountain but instead they are placed outside of the fence. Theo watches in horror as a horde of Abbies throw themselves against the fence as the episode ends.
To be honest, I was skeptical when Wayward Pines decided to make itself into a series rather than a ten-episode event. But this episode has proved me wrong. It kept a fast and gripping pace, giving us answers but also holding just enough back to keep me intrigued for next week. The new characters are all just as likable as last season’s, maybe even more so, and I’m left eager to know where things will play out from here.
Episodes of Wayward Pines reviewed on TV Eskimo:
1.1 Where Paradise is Home
1.2 Do Not Discuss Your Life Before
1.3 Our Town Our Law
1.4 One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire
1.5 The Truth
1.8 The Friendliest Place on Earth
1.9 A Reckoning
Characters and cast of Wayward Enemy Lines include:
Dr. Theo Yedlin – Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Narc, In the Valley of Elah, Rush, The Alamo, My Sister’s Keeper)
Kate Hewson – Carla Gugino (Roadies, Night at the Museum, Watchmen, Spy Kids)
Ben Burke – Charlie Tahan (I Am Legend, Blue Jasmine, Charlie St. Cloud)
Sheriff Pope – Terrence Howard (Iron Man, Empire, Prisoner, The Brave One, St. Vincent)
Arlene Moran – Siobhan Fallon Hogan (American Gods, Forrest Gump, Men in Black, The Negotiator, We Need to Talk About Kevin)
Rebecca Yedlin – Nimrat Kaur (The Lunchbox, Homeland, One Night with the King)
Xander Beck – Josh Helman (Mad Max: Fury Road, Jack Reacher, Flesh and Bone, Animal Kingdom)
Jason Higgins – Tom Stevens (Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days)
Kerry Campbell – Kacey Rohl (Red Riding Hood, Hannibal, The Magicians, The Killing, The X-Files)
Megan Fisher – Hope Davis (Captain America: Civil War, American Crime, Allegiance, The News Room, In Treatment, Infamous, Synecdoche New York)
CJ Mitchum – Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Island)
Ruby – Greta Lee (Sisters, St. Vincent, The Cobblers, Hello I Must Be Going, Girls)
Mario – Christopher Meyer (Kicks, General Hospital, NCIS: New Orleans)
Oscar – Amitai Marmorstein (50/50, Sunflower Hour, The Memory Book)
Sean – R. J. Fethersonhaugh (When Calls the Heart, Flying Embri)