‘Wayward Pines’ season 2, episode 5 review: Margaret, putting out fires, and creating new ones

PinesWe are now at the halfway point of “Wayward Pines” season 2, and while we would say that the story has done some interesting stuff, we do feel that so far, it’s missing a little bit of a focal point.

Take, for example, the character of Dr. Theo. Is he the hero of our story? Sure, and there was something interesting that came out of his story tonight as we learned a thing or two more regarding his history before Wayward Pines, and some of the pain that he felt learning about Xander and Rebecca. In general, going back to the origins of the town was fascinating since it gave us a new perspective on season 1, and in the process, it was a joy to see the return of Toby Jones to the series.

Away from Xander, Theo, or Rebecca, the real story to us this week was finding out something more about Margaret, the slightly-humanized Abbie who was brought into town. Does she have a supernatural ability to communicate with the other Abbies? It certainly seems like it, given how far they were willing to go, with torches, in order to find her. It feels pretty clear that this is going to cause some problems, especially for people on the outskirts of town like Teresa.

In the end, we like that “Wayward Pines” is taking risks with its stories, and is trying to focus on the development of the world rather than just throwing a billion additional crazy twists at us. We just don’t care for the procreation plot, and there is a vacuum of leadership in terms of whose story we want to specifically follow. Hopefully, that changes at some point soon. Grade: B.

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