The new ‘Wayward Pines‘ trailer continues to demonstrates the oddball nature of the upcoming show on FOX, a show whose unsettling nature is a probably there as much to remind us that M. Night Shyamalan is an excecutive producer as to keep the show close to the source material, the novel ‘Pines’ by Blake Crouch. The series stars Matt Dillon as Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke, Carla Gugino as his missing partner who he is attempting to track down, Juliette Lewis as a kindly bartender in the town, Melissa Leo as a not-so kindly nurse at the hospital in town where Burke first wakes up, and Terrence Howard as the town Sheriff, intent on keeping everyone a law-abiding, and rule following citizen.
The trailer opens as the previous trailer did, with Dillon’s Burke getting into a car accident and awaking to find himself in the titular town. What’s new in this trailer is the cultish scene of the townspeople in the square repeating the town mantra as Howard’s sheriff recites it for them, ending with the never frightening or ironic line, “Be Happy. Enjoy your life in Wayward Pines.” Also interesting in the trailer is the scene of Dillon with Justin Kirk (who many might remember from ‘Weeds’). After we hear the part of the town mantra demanding that phones always be answered, we cut to a brief scene of Dillon and Kirk onscreen. Dillon answers the ringing phone, and a muffled voice tells him to kill the man in front of him. Dillon hangs up, telling Kirk’s character that it was a telemarketer, and then Kirk’s unnamed character mimes putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. Very strange and disturbing stuff.
It will be interesting to see how the show plays out on FOX, who is always willing to give quirky shows a chance, but even more willing to give them the axe if they don’t immediately deliver an audience. With the ‘Twin Peaks’ vibe and decent buzz behind the show already, it just might have a chance, but it more depends on whether or not the show really delivers, and if the Shyamalan curse does not extend to television.
Check out the trailer below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!