WAYWARD PINES EPISODE 5 – “The Truth”
Wayward Pines Episode 5 "The Truth" has Ethan Burke escape the town, while Ben learns the town secrets in school and Theresa meets a new arrival who has even more information.
June 11, 2015
Wayward Pines is a ten episode miniseries about a Secret Service Agent, Ethan Burke, who visits a mysterious town in Idaho in search of two missing agents. Once he arrives at the eponymously named town, Ethan quickly discovers that Wayward Pines is not normal. One of the Secret Service Agents is found dead after being tortured, and the other, a woman that Burke had an affair with previously, is pretending to have been a resident of the town for years. When Ethan tries to leave the town, or communicate with the outside world–be it the Secret Service or his family–his efforts are thwarted. His wife, Theresa Burke, and their son Ben, head to Idaho in search of Ethan. Eventually the two also end up in Wayward Pines, and Ethan’s mission to escape the peculiar town is amplified by his need to protect his family.
Recently, Ethan Burke’s scuffle with Sherriff Arnold Pope ended in Pope’s death, and “they” (we don’t know who “they” are just yet) have Ethan the new Sherriff. Ben Burke is enrolled into Wayward Pines Academy; the children of the town seem to be the focus of everyone in a most unusual way, and the school exemplifies this sentiment. Ethan uses his newfound position to obtain the gear needed to scale the cliffs that block off the town (that’s the only place where there isn’t a Jurassic Park-like electrified fence), and the audience is given a quick look at something in the woods atop the cliffs as “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire” ends. Theresa is offered a new position as a realtor in an unaddressed letter, explaining that the previous realtor–a man that had just killed himself–had retired.
Wayward Pines Episode 5 “The Truth” starts with Ethan Burke, who has just escaped the town of Wayward Pines via the precarious cliffs, traversing the woodlands at night in an attempt to make it back to normal civilization. Ethan is confronted by a strange figure in the night and ends up suffering a nasty slash to his right arm while attempting to shoot whatever it is. The next morning, Burke makes way toward Boise, hiding from a group of the unidentifiable creatures by using a deer corpse before finally making it to Boise… or what is left of it.
He finds only a vista of a wasteland, where nature has taken over for what looks like years or even decades. When he begins to leave the cliff side overlooking Boise, ID Ethan is intercepted by a helicopter. The Psychiatrist, Dr Jenkins, exits the helicopter and approaches Burke. The Dr, who introduces himself as David Pilcher, explains that the world we know is gone and all that is left is Wayward Pines. Ethan agrees to go, and he, Pilcher, and Pilcher’s bodyguard leave in the helicopter right as a herd of Abbys comes into the clearing.
Ben Burke has his first real day at Wayward Pines Academy, starting orientation along with three other students. Orientation at Wayward Pines Academy is unlike any other school. Even the room the three students start off in is offsetting–a pure white room reminiscent of “the Construct” from The Matrix. Principal Megan Fisher’s demeanor in orientation is much less friendly than it was in “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire,” and the slideshow she shows the students is–as promised–VERY revealing! As Principal Fisher explains, the year is actually 4028, Human civilization, through some means not yet revealed, has evolved into vicious and feral beasts. The only bastion of real human civilization left is Wayward Pines, an area sealed off from the Abbies, or Aberrations (what they call the evolved yet wild humanoid creatures Ethan Burke is concurrently fighting in the woods outside of Wayward Pines).
The final part of orientation has Principal Fisher telling the three new students that they cannot ever tell their parents what she has told them. Fisher even goes so far as to explain, in gruesome detail, a family that committed mass suicide after a student revealed the secret of Wayward Pines to his parents. Once the three students all agree, she leads them to a very cult-like dark room where all of the other students welcome them with a candle-lit reception.
After being accused of “sitting around the house hoping things will magically get better,” Theresa Burke decides to accept the new position as a realtor at Wayward Pines Realty Associates, replacing Peter McCAll (who committed suicide in “One of Our Senior Realtors Has Chosen to Retire”). Theresa gets her first client rather quickly, a new addition to Wayward Pines who is yet another car crash victim. Theresa is ordered to give the house to this new client, not sell it to him.
When Theresa arrives at the Wayward Pines Hospital to meet Wayne Johnson, the newest arrival to the town is truly apprehensive, and he reveals even more about Wayward Pines to Theresa Burke than Megan Fisher reveals to the students at orientation. Theresa convinces Wayne Johnson to take the house and pretend all is normal, but warns him of the dangers of Wayward Pines.
“The Truth” was rumored to reveal the big mystery of Wayward Pines back before the Miniseries began, and there is no doubt a lot of new information is divulged. If Wayward Pines Academy Principal, Megan Fisher, is to be trusted–and a good part of her explanation coincides with what Ethan Burke sees after fleeing the town for Boise, ID–over two thousand years have passed since 2014, when Burke and his family expect it to be! That’s quite a revelation and it answers many, many questions… unfortunately it asks even more. Just like every episode prior to it, “The Truth” is an amazingly entertaining episode. The writers do a fantastic job of blending intense action and/or suspense with a bombardment of information, and the actors do a wonderful job of depicting the various characters.
From what I’ve seen so far, if it is indeed the year 4028, than David Pilcher, Ethan Burke et al. are all either clones or cryogenically frozen (or some other form of suspended animation). If that’s the case, though, how did Arnold Pope approach Theresa and Ben outside of Boise, ID in “Our Town, Our Law,” or how did David Pilcher approach Adam Hassler–Ethan’s boss at the Secret Service–in Seattle, WA in “Where Paradise is Home?” Why is it that all of the more important characters–from Beverly, to Kate Hewson, to Ethan, to his wife and son–are introduced to Wayward Pines in chronological order from when they disappeared from their time? Why would David Pilcher trust Arnold Pope with a key to open and close a gate directly spiriting the town from the Aberrations? Why does Megan Fisher explain that the children will never meet David Pilcher?
If the year is 4028, as we were told, then Wayward Pines is less Twin Peaks meets The Village and more Resident Evil: Retribution meets The Village. Where exactly Chad Hodge is taking the audience, we are still not one hundred percent sure; that is, unless we trust everything David Pilcher and Megan Fisher have to say.
But one thing is for sure: Wayward Pines is a thrilling ride!
Violence: “The Truth” has a couple violent scene, mainly involving Ethan Burke and the Abbies (aberrations). In one scene Ethan shoots a shotgun into the woods and an Abby runs by and slashes his arm, causing a pretty deep gash. In another scene, Ethan hides behind the corpse of a deer to mask his scent, and a handful of Abbies can be seen up-close tearing at the dead animal’s corpse. In one scene, Megan Fisher explains the suicides of a Wayward Pines Academy student and his parents.
Language/crude humor: After two viewings of “The Truth” there were very few expletives; I couldn’t count more than two.
Sexual content: No sexual content was shown, in “The Truth.”
Drug/alcohol use: There were no drugs or alcohol in “The Truth.”
Other negative themes: “The Truth” shows a hypnotherapist.
Positive Content: Not a lot positive content in “The Truth,” other than the Burke Family’s perseverance despite all odds.
[amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&asin= B00ZE3OYBO]
+ Nurse Pam is a plant, possibly the only one in Wayward Pines that really knows what's going on!
- The Aberrations make cheesy looking bad guys, but to be fair we saw a very small amount of them up close
-2000 years in the future and helicopters and other tools at David Pilcher's disposal have not advanced at all?