Monday, June 15, 2015

"Wayward Pines": Why are Secret Service agents visiting an Idaho cult in the first place?

Wayward Pines” sounds, as a title, like “The Place Beyond the Pines”.  Actually, the opening of the series (on Fox,  May 1, 2015), of a series developed by Chad Hodge after a novel by Blake Crouch, and pilot (“Where Paradise Is Home”) directed by M. Night Shyamalan, may remind one of “Twin Peaks”.
A US Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) gets in a car accident as he approaches the little town of Wayward Pines, Idaho, where he had been assigned to hunt for missing secret service agents Kate Hewson and Bill Evans.  Angent Stallings is missing after the attack.
He meets a bartender whose leads him to the corpse of Evans.  Soon he finds the sheriff rather uncooperative, to say the least.
Soon he is told  (by a “psychiatrist” played by Toby Jones) he needs neurosurgery after the attack.
As he peruses, he runs into a wall around the place.  He begins to suspect that a Jonestown-like cult lives here.  No one is ever allowed to leave.
A cult goes beyond a closed world like an “intentional community”. 
The episode also shows is wife (Shananyn Sossaman) and tween son back in Seattle.
How promising is the idea of a “closed camp” scenario for a story?  Many horror films are based on the setup.  In fact, my own DADT screenplay is predicated on the protagonist being “abducted” and held as a medical “prisoner” on a space station.
The main site from Fox is here
Picture:  "Coeur d'Alene" by bs4173 - I (Bs4173 (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia, link -  I was most recently in the area in July 1990. 

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