Picks and nits about Wayward Pines

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Yes … I continue to watch (and enjoy) Wayward Pines.

Doing so, however, comes with a few rules. For me, at any rate:

  • I tell myself not to get so worked up over “the little things”
  • I have to force myself to suspend belief a little bit
  • I enjoy it for what it is

I’ll explain …

“The little things” for me are usually continuity gaffs. And believe me there are tons of them throughout the show. It’s like I seek them out or something. Really, they’re as plain as day.

In the last episode when Nurse Pam is wrapping Burke’s injured arm with gauze, you’ll notice she’s doing so going one direction. In the last scene when she’s finishing up, the gauze is being wound in the opposite direction. Yes … it’s one of those “little things” but one that drives me bananas. There’s a continuity person who has one job on the show and that’s to make certain actions and props and the like “flow” from scene to scene and moment to moment. When there are cutaways between characters, it’s the continuity person’s duty for seamlessness. And often that person is asleep on the job in Wayward Pines. … grrrrrrrrrrrrrr …

Want another? Burke and the pipe bomb he discovers in his truck. It’s not the bomb itself and its discovery that griped my cookies — Burke was suspicious and wary so its discovery wasn’t a big deal. It was what came after when he dismantled the bomb. What … he’s an expert all of a sudden in deconstructing explosives? His FBI training ran the gamut to include that particular expertise? I don’t think so. Yeah … this is a little thing but it also follows in part of my second bullet point of “suspending belief” too. See what I mean?

Which leads me into the real cracker when it comes to belief suspension in this episode (“Betrayal”). Right smack dab in the middle of everything, a thought hit me: It’s been 2,000+ years these folks have been in cryogenic suspension, right? Two. Thousand. Years. Plus. Now … think about that for a moment and let me pose a question: Ponder anything physical from 2,000 years ago. When it comes to physical objects, they’re pretty much relics of the period, antiquated beyond belief, sometimes beyond understanding and function. Yet … we have vehicles toodling around in prime condition. Burke’s truck zips around in tip-top shape. Delivery trucks deliver without a second thought. Files and supplies and what have you are tossed in trunks without a care. Really? Vehicles have been so maintained in the town of Wayward Pines? Or have they been that well preserved with the foresight of later use they’re second nature? I’m not quite buying that. Even if you set aside the possibility they have been immaculately safeguarded and protected during all that time, how about the fluids and gasoline necessary for the things to function? Someone (or something) is manufacturing fuels and lubricants 2,000 years in the future? David Pilcher had the forethought to prepare for these requirements?

See what I mean about the suspension of belief?

Touching on my third point, you’ve got to move past these things in the show to continue its entertainment factor. Focus on stuff like this and you’ll drive yourself crazy. And trust me … it drives me off the deep end.

But … it helps that I wade in that part of the pool more often than not.

Come on last three episodes. Let’s see what you’ve got.

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  1. Let’s not forget that, in two-thousand years, humans aren’t going to “evolve” that quickly. That’s like saying Jesus Christ was born an ape.