Tomorrow night (May 25), mystery thriller Wayward Pines will make its return to TV screens on FOX in the US. The first season of the show saw US Secret Service agent Ethan Burke visit the North-Western town to investigate the murder of two detectives. What follows is a conspiracy-laden noir thrill-ride that utilises a healthy dollop of influence from David Lynch’s iconic show of very similar ilk, Twin Peaks. The show’s first season divided critics but with a new set of episodes set to come and all signs pointing to it being an unmitigated disaster, here’s why no-one needs a second season of Wayward Pines.
There’s no source material left
The show was originally based on the Wayward Pines novel trilogy by US author Blake Crouch. In season one, the show covered the first novel (Pines) by episode five, and the following two novels (Wayward & The Last Town) making up the final five. Viewers were transfixed by the creepy town that author Crouch had developed in his book, and with a new set of episodes that is going to be devoid of the creepy source material – the show is likely to struggle with viewers.
It’s skipped forward 2000 years
Like a whole 2000 years. In the new season, the town is still under the threat of the Abbies (zombies, basically) and there’s a bunch of survivors just about clinging on to life. Sound familiar? Yes, it all sounds a bit like The Walking Dead.
Homeland just about managed to retain interest about their characters when they skipped a couple of years from season 4 to season 5, so 2000 might just be too much of a stretch.
The showrunner has left
Think of the ‘showrunner’ as the Brian Wilson of the production. They call all the shots, know the directions for every single plot thread and carve the aesthetic in each scene. As it is, Chad Hodge who willed the first season to a relatively satisfying conclusion, is gone. Mark Friedman will take the reigns, despite serving as an Executive Producer for one show prior, The Forgotten, which was cancelled after 18 episodes. Wayward Pines, which teetered on the edge of cheesiness and poor storytelling throughout its first 10 episodes – is probably not in the safest pair of hands.
Matt Dillon is gone, too
Dillon gave a standout performance in the first season as Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke who arrives in the town to investigate two grizzly deaths. His character was killed off in the show’s finale, which served as a fitting arc for the character and stayed true to the source material. In season two, Dillon is gone and they’ve got a couple of C-list actors in Tom Stevens and Jason Patric to fill the void. Let’s just say that they’re unlikely to carry the show anywhere near as well as Dillon did in season one.