Wayward Pines Series 2 episode 6 - City upon a hill
By William Mitchell
A siege mentality sets in at Wayward Pines
This rocket ship of a season just hit the hyper-drive button. Episode six's opening scene was of a serene Abby gathering in the woods. The soft focus scene showing communal living, social engagement and loving child care, all shattered by Pilcher in a helicopter decimating the commune by gun fire. All this to erect the fence around Wayward Pines.
Meanwhile, the Abbies co-ordinated attack of the vital crops using fire as a weapon also saw CJ, Theresa, Hessler and the harvest team based outside the crop field violently attacked. The townsfolk rally to sirens and phone calls to help those in peril.
In reaction, Dr Yedlin rises to the challenge, setting up triage for those returning from battle, his strong leadership steadying an uncertain medical team. The battlefield injuries, deaths and defeat at the hands of a supposedly dumb enemy shatter's Jason's confidence. Kerry sees this and confronts Jason's signs of weakness with an aggressive pep talk.
In the cold light of day a realization of just how perilous their position is, with low food stocks and no means to replace them, sinks in. Medicine is in dangerously low supply, again, with no means to replenish them. With the exception of Jason, most believe an increasingly intelligent enemy surrounds the town. All this prompts Jason to ask his corporate team "How can we survive?"
Jason's reluctance to accept the Abbies as higher functioning entities is a further sign of his crumbling resolve. Dr Yedlin proves beyond doubt that Margaret is indeed special with capacities beyond the human level. The end scene was as chilling as it was prophetic with an increased population of Abbies surrounding Wayward Pines and howling so loudly that the residents spill out onto the street.
"We're safe, right Dr Yedlin?"
Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail
The resulting fallout of the attack revealed just how perilous a position Wayward Pines is in. Food and medicine in short supply and with no means of replenishing either questions have arisen as to Pilcher’s foresight when preparing for the evolution of the town.
“We expected ear infections, cold and flu, not war.”
Megan’s revelation shocks Dr Yedlin who again this week shines as a natural leader. His love life may be being investigated in two week old Jack Daniels, however, his ability to lead Wayward Pines is encouraging and the female Abby is clearly interested in him — as is the lovely Arlene, who via another sultry attack, offers him a place to stay now he’s out of the fake marital home. “I’d give you your privacy” she trails as he walks out the room.
Sadly the first real family of Wayward Pines is back together, a death bed apology by Hessler only hastened Theresa’s departure to her family. Hassle’s plan to have Theresa all to himself in the past will no doubt haunt him and his guilt will surely cause some form of self destruction. However, his knowledge of the Abbies outside the fence, particularly the female with the brand on her hand, may prove invaluable, or at the very least offer him some absolution in the fight that’s obviously building.
Finally, will the fence hold? Thousands of additional Abbies outside howling at the Wayward Pines population causes fear and alarm. However, the very last scene witnesses the male Abbies, held in the mountain ark, reacting to the howling by joining in and Margaret looking calm and controlled as we fade to black.