The current re-emergence of Twin Peaks into our consciousness highlights the fact that David Lynch’s surreal, scary procedural was as influential as they come. And while a few series have benefitted from Twin Peaks’ trailblazing, a new series – from M. Night Shyamalan – seems to get as wilfully close to Lynch’s masterpiece as possible.
As you’ll see from the trailer, it’s VERY Twin Peaks. At least in terms of location, story and even feel. But what seems to be missing is the weirdness, and although Shyamalan started his career strongly, he hasn’t exactly continued his development.
Wayward Pines features beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets, but with a twist – you’re never allowed to leave or have any communication with the outside world.
Based on the best-selling novel Pines by Blake Crouch it tells the story of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon), who drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines searching for two missing federal agents. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he’s the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) better than anyone. They were more than partners; their relationship nearly destroyed Ethan’s marriage.
Everything changes when he has a car crash and he wakes up in the Wayward Pines Hospital, with the intense and unpredictable Nurse Pam (Melissa Leo) at his bedside. It soon appears that Pam is more interested in harming than healing. She and Ethan grow into deadly rivals, and her role in the town proves much deeper than anyone realizes.
As the mysteries within the town pile up, Ethan starts to question his own sanity.
Look out for more excellent cast members; Juliette Lewis and Toby Jones in particular.
The 10-part series is due to start in the UK on FOX in early 2015.