By William Mitchell
Wayward Pines' Orwellian theme started in true state controlled fashion this week, with nuggets of wisdom being dispensed from the ice cream truck. "Be good citizens, work hard, be happy in Wayward Pines." All this to the back drop of Margaret escaping from the mountain Ark after murdering Megan.
The resulting search kicked off by an ever fracturing Jason, in US Marshall mode, "check every air duct, hall way and stair well', set against a direct challenge by Dr Yedlin to tell the people the truth. As Orwell says 'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act'.
The soldiers continue to deliver the 1940's style cadet, as the young wife waves off the clean cut young soldier to imminent danger -- a danger quite literally on the door step as he finds himself confronted by an escaping Margaret. Meanwhile, Jason takes time out of the search for Margaret to say goodbye to mum Megan.
As the search for Margaret continues, and the wider population go into hiding, Xander, Rebecca and a small group gather in the salon to form a plan to search for likely access and egress points to Wayward Pines by the Abbies. The vision in a hair drier that is Arlene makes a cougarish sultry return in her own slinky style. "You're a well informed hairstylist," as Rebecca describes the layout of the town in a sketch.
To aid the plan Rebecca accesses geographical maps in Jason's office, only to be confronted by Kerry, and Rebecca offers some advice as to her role as a strong woman in Wayward Pines. Kerry's unsure how to react, liking what Rebecca has said despite Rebecca accessing the maps behind Jason's back -- the same maps Rebecca drew up when designing Wayward Pines.
Margaret's escape through the forested area and the town was as well executed as it was skilful. Her false trail for the pursuers to follow was picked up by Hessler and Dr Yedlin. The resulting chaos and confusion Margaret caused led to poor decisions by the soldiers and the local help, leading to an accidental shooting. Dr Yedlin again is on hand to calm the resulting disturbance showing leadership to the soldiers, the locals and a watching Margaret.
Margaret',s ultimate escape after being shot by Xander while she analysed, not attacked, a pregnant Rebecca was aided by Hessler who in turn was freed by Margaret as the waiting Abbies wished to devour him as he too fled Wayward Pines.
The Enemy of My Enemy
While I have a soft spot for Arlene, whose lines this week were just sublime (“I have binoculars” and “It’s not that I use them to watch my neighbours”), and a master class in sultry delivery.
However, I’m growing increasingly fond of Margaret. Her recent surrender at the hands of a tormentor Megan and subsequent ‘investigation and tests’ gave a clear indication of the strong moral character she has. She possesses guile and cunning, she has empathy and sympathy and honour and clearly acts for the good of others.
The closing scenes of an injured Margaret being cared for by the other Abbies in attendance gave another glimpse of a softer side to the Abby population. She drifted back to a time of serene stillness when they inhabited Wayward Pines. The scene destroyed by the image of Pilcher in a helicopter shooting the population raised the question: Who do we think the animal is now?