By William Mitchell
This week’s episode slowed a little to teach us so much.
CJ’s role clearer defined as a caretaker — more than father figure — for Wayward Pines. From within the mountain ark he monitored the world’s demise at 20 year intervals over 1980 years. He watched the life cycle of the Abbies, from initial changelings to the 4014 nervous creatures living on the site of what will be Wayward Pines.
We also saw that Pilcher’s entrance to the new world, filled with such promise, was soured by the sight of an Abby. His first decisions had far reaching consequences due to his failure to predict accurately the demise of the human race. This heralded the initial destruction of the Abby settlement and the building of Wayward Pines.
Back in the future, Dr Yedlin calls it ‘Abby Comprehension 101’ as he attempts to communicate with Margaret with a willing, if not hopeful of something more, Megan. It’s clear from the interaction that Margaret possesses more than the ability to communicate through simple cards. Dr Yedlin’s assertion that Margaret could be there to ‘observe’ them couldn’t have been truer.
Margaret Identifies Dr Yedlin as the leader and to reward her ability to communicate and to prove the doubters, namely Jason, wrong, he puts his hand in the male Abby’s cage, to see Margaret stop the Abby from ripping him apart. With relief clearly in his eyes and astonishment in Hessler’s, the point is clearly made.
However, Jason’s fear is increasingly obvious and on display as he realises just how intelligent the Abbies are. Taking the action of a bully, he shoots the male Abbies in an attempt to assert his authority, only to be controlled by a stronger Kerry (The female of the species are more deadly than the male – see last week’s review).
Sadly, Megan went to the big classroom in the sky, not before Margaret ensured she knew why and just how it happened.
Who’s in Charge of the Asylum?
The power struggle, while subtle, is beginning to rise to the surface. This week’s episode saw Pilcher first emerge from his cryogenic sleep with hopes of setting up Wayward Pines unhindered. The Abbies being present clearly wasn’t on Pilchers plan. The fact that they’ve settled on his dream spot gave rise to anger and thoughts of revenge. “Humanity will win” says Pilcher to a clearly unimpressed CJ.
Jason’s grip on Wayward Pines is slowly being eroded, not obviously by Dr Yedlin, but, subtly by Kerry. “Do my words have no sway with you?” she asks, with Margaret looking on. Most of Jason’s sentences begin with “Pilcher always says” he wishes to assert his authority. However, it’s becoming more and more clear that Pilcher got many things wrong.
Hessler enters the fray with more prophet of doom statements about the Abbies, about Margaret’s role as leader, and the swelling numbers outside the fence and their desire to eat their way through the population of Wayward Pines, to save Margaret. Dr Yedlin wants input from Hessler to help understand how the Abbies communicate, however, his fear of them and his memories of his time running from them stop him from helping.
Dr Yedlin is clearly the alpha male to Margaret’s alpha female, and while he may have flirted a little with the now deceased Megan, its clearly Margaret he wants to communicate with and she wants to communicate with him. Could this be the future? It worked in the past to heal rifts of warring tribes, the marriage of two tribes to end a war.