"Rum raisin. Mm. You like rum raisin?"
You may think your town is weird, but it has absolutely nothing on Fox’s upcoming mystery drama event series Wayward Pines, which also happens to have 100% more Matt Dillon than wherever you live. This series already has a convoluted plot in theory, but it looks like things become even more splintered and bizarre once it's all put into practice. I hope you'll be very comfortable in Wayward Pines for at least ten episodes, because there's no way out.
Dillon plays Ethan Burke, an esteemed Secret Service agent who heads out to the titular town searching for two Seattle office agents who went missing, one of which is Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino), Burke’s partner and one-time marriage disruptor. He gets into a terrible car accident on his way into town, and wakes up in a hospital with the surreptitiously sinister Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo), who along with the suspiciously easy-going Sheriff Pope (Terrence Howard) begins to antagonize Burke, who has no idea where he is or what to do. And you can bet there are a slew of mysterious townsfolk concentrating the madness even more, such as Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones), eccentric toymaker Harold Ballinger (Reed Diamond), and bartender Beverly (Juliette Lewis).
To make matters even more complicated, his wife Theresa (Shannyn Sossamon) treks to Wayward Pines to find him. But how's she going to get in, with that giant wall surrounding the town? Another car "accident?" And if she does get there, she's almost certainly not going to like what she sees, as Burke definitely finds Agent Hewson, but she's just as embedded in the town's babel as anyone else.
Besides having a solid cast, Wayward Pines can also be touted as the first TV project from beloved-then-maligned filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who serves as executive producer with show creator Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club). Shyamalan directed the first two episodes of the series, while the rest were helmed by talents such as Zal Batmanglij (The East), Tim Howard (River’s Edge) and Nimród Antal (Predators). Since the Sixth Sense director doesn’t appear to have anything to do with the writing, I’m breathing a little easier when the phrase “Shyamalan meets Twin Peaks” is uttered.
Wayward Pines is set to test audiences’ sanities at some point in 2015. You can find the full Fox 2014-2015 schedule here.