by Billie Doux
A penultimate episode, in which a lot of penultimate-y things happened.
Ethan did so many clever things in this episode. Shooting out the tires to crush the Abbie under the dump truck. Fooling Pilcher into thinking he was on board now and ready to 'reckon' Kate. Making sure he had the undivided attention of pretty much the entire populace before telling them all the truth about Wayward Pines, live, so that Pilcher couldn't stop it. And even having Kate's people in the audience to back him up with the evidence, giving us a little "I am Spartacus"-like moment.
Pilcher's response was homicidal. He turned off the power, which will let the Abbies in for an all you can eat buffet. He's going to sacrifice the current inhabitants of the town and, I assume, start over with Group C? Pretty darn cold, Pilcher. Clearly, this megalomaniac and petty dictator needs to go down.
I honestly didn't think Ethan would ever be able to 'reckon' anyone, so I knew something else was going to happen. And it was about time that we learned what was going on with Plot 33, which had a Lost-like ladder going down and a secret room with a whole lot of video journal evidence. We know now what happened to Ethan's boss, Adam Hassler. His video journal was dated September 4020, which is eight years ago Wayward Pines Time. He was in what was left of San Francisco (loved the visual of the Golden Gate Bridge half underwater). Is Adam still alive?
So you make the kids feel important, and they're going to start acting important. And unfortunately, homicidal. Where did Jason Higgins from class one of the Academy come from, though? He popped into the story and almost immediately broke into the jail with his little gang and committed mass murder of Kate's incarcerated resistance people, including her husband. A shocking scene because you don't think it's going to happen, you think someone, namely Ethan our hero, will stop it, but he doesn't. But I kept thinking, where did this guy come from? He wasn't in a previous episode. Don't you need to know a character a little better for something that extreme to work?
I was happy about them doing all three books in ten episodes, but now I'm starting to think maybe we're getting through too much too fast and the audience is getting a little cheated in order to get to this point. But this was still an exciting episode, and I'm looking forward to the finale. Anyone know if we're getting a second season?
-- The Wayward Pines Academy kids clapping in unison was slightly creepy. And Amy might die. Sad for Ben. Although she's a bit too much of a pod person for me.
-- Speaking of pod people, absolutely loved Theresa slapping Megan Fisher, who is just the queen of the Wayward Pines pod people.
-- Pam continued to be surprisingly sympathetic, and by now it's obvious that she's working against her brother. She knew that Ethan had told Theresa the truth, and that Theresa hadn't believed him, so she helped them both with that key card.
-- I was surprised that Harold didn't get eaten. And surprised again that he didn't see the Abbies. And then I was sad that he was killed, and we're not getting any more Reed Diamond in this series.
-- The sheriff's assistant Arlene was just awesome in this episode. She told the homicidal kids to skeee-daddle, and I really thought she was going to succeed in keeping them out, too. The sheriff's office might consider investing in doors that aren't glass.
-- Kate said Jason bought a toy soldier from herself and Harold. This week's Most Obvious Symbolism.
Ethan: "Harold, if I want to kill somebody, I'm gonna shoot 'em. I'm not gonna eat 'em."
Ben: "I'm sorry that my dad failed this town."
Et tu, Ben?
Kate: "Someone's going to kill me. I'd rather it be you."
Three out of four toy soldiers,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.