Wayward Pines Back for Season 2

When FOX announced Wayward Pines last year, they billed it as a limited ten-episode event. Based on the book series by Blake Crouch, the season blasted through the three novels in that trilogy with a vigor that was mostly heralded – here was a TV show that promised a beginning and end to a storyline, and throughout the ten hours, Wayward Pines effectively wrapped up its plot by taking risks like killing off its main character in the finale. That was all under the assumption that the show was a one-and-done deal, and only after the final episode had aired did the showrunners announce that the tale wasn’t over, that a second season was coming. It was a decision that seemed to spell doom for the series; after all, audiences had been promised a miniseries, not a continuing story.

Wayward Pines Season 2

Review and recap Wayward Pines

But Wayward Pines is back with a vengeance, at least if its season premiere “Enemy Lines” is any indication of what’s to come. Following only a few holdovers from last season, the show picks up in the same town with the same quaint but sinister atmosphere, except this time things are different – slightly.

The setup is basically the same. Dr. Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric) is the newest member of Wayward Pines to wake up in 4028, part of the C Group of citizens cryogenically frozen for a time when they might need to help save the human race. Like the first season, Yedlin’s disoriented, confused, and thrown into a lifestyle he knows nothing about, at first given some orders to save Kate (Carla Gugino) by the new town leader Jason (Tom Stevens) before being forced into captivity with the promise that his wife Rebecca (Nimrat Kaur) will be joining him just as soon as they can get her there.

It’s pretty much the same premise as Wayward Pines opened with last season, except Dr. Yedlin isn’t an operative like Ethan Burke. “Enemy Lines” could have latched onto that rebirth, followed the same path as the first season as Dr. Yedlin uncovers the mysteries behind the residents’ odd behaviors. Instead, though, the show takes on a completely new premise, recognizing that the events at the end of last season would have some huge consequences for the rest of the town.

With Jason carrying on Dr. Pilcher’s work in an even more authoritarian manner, Ben Burke (Charlie Tahan) has struck out on his own to create a rebellion using some of the older citizens before Invasion Day when the abnormals broke through the city walls. Dr. Yedlin finds himself in the middle of this battle, forced to work with Jason and his soldiers but also given the details of Wayward Pines’ storied past by Kate.

So Wayward Pines skips over the slow build that would follow as Yedlin pieces together the darkness at the heart of Wayward Pines. In its place, it promotes an entirely new setup where two factions fight for what it means to save the world. Ben’s rebellion fights for freedom of choice; Jason’s regime steals control from its citizens in order to ensure the safety of the human race. Yedlin, stuck between them, has the unfortunate task of choosing which side is right.

Though many of its characters are decidedly self-serious and aloof, “Enemy Lines” does some good character work with Yedlin, flashing back in time right before he was frozen to show his estranged relationship with his wife Rebecca. Their fight is over whether to have a baby, and though Rebecca’s ready to end the marriage, Yedlin has difficulty relinquishing control and giving up on fixing things. It’s his way of life, and Wayward Pines quickly establishes why Yedlin would have difficulty choosing one faction over the other – he’d rather fix things when there may not be a compromise. And he’s also hopeful in a way that will keep him searching for answers now that Rebecca has joined him in Wayward Pines; there’s a chance for him to rekindle their marriage yet.

Fans of the first season will find a lot to like about this premiere, and the show retains its quirky atmosphere and throwback references, like old soda machines and ’50s music. It didn’t seem like Wayward Pines would be able to find footing in a second season that wasn’t supposed to be, but “Enemy Lines” certainly lands in a safe zone that promises good things to come.

Episodes of Wayward Pines reviewed on TV Eskimo:

Wayward Pines Season 2

More thoughts on Enemy Lines (s2e1)
Blood Harvest (s2e2)
Once Upon a Time in Wayward Pines (s2e3)
Exit Strategy (s2e4)
Sound the Alarm (s2e5)

Wayward Pines Season 1

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

1.6 Choices

1.7 Betrayal

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)