The official trailer for the highly-anticipated Fox series “Wayward Pines” has finally made its debut. Unfortunately, fans and critics across the Internet are sounding off in anger and frustration. It seems the new series is not such a new idea after all. Accusations are being hurled that “Wayward Pines” is no more than a rip-off of the short-lived David Lynch series “Twin Peaks” from 1990.
There is no doubt that there are some definite similarities between the new series, produced by M. Night Shyamalan, and “Twin Peaks,” a series that got massive publicity before failing in the ratings and eventually being cancelled in 1991 after 30 episodes. For starters, both shows are set in the Pacific Northwest. Then there is the fact that both shows feature a special agent who is looking into a strange disappearance in a town that is even more strange. However, the trailer also shows some things that indicate it may be much more than a rehash of a failed drama that was made a quarter-century ago.
Based on the best-selling novel called “Pines” by Blake Crouch, the story begins when Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) gets into a car accident while investigating the disappearance of two federal agents. The accident happens in the town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. He gets a tip to go to a specific address, where he finds a corpse. The sheriff of the town (Terrence Howard) seems disinterested when learning of the dead body. More intrigue develops when Burke finds one of the missing agents (Carla Gugino), who informs him that everything they say and do is being listened to and watched. She then informs him of the town rules, “Do not try to leave, do not discuss the past and always answer the phone when it rings.”
The big reveal of the trailer is the fact that the town is like a large prison. Anyone trying to leave will be killed. As the camera pans back, a large fence surrounding the entire town is revealed. “Wayward Pines” will consist of 10 episodes and air in 2015 on Fox as a midseason replacement.
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