Jason Patric as Dr Theo Yedlin.
Jason Patric as Dr Theo Yedlin.

Taking a Wayward turn

WAYWARD Pines returns to our screens tonight on FX, but can season two live up to last year's unexpected hit?

The sci-fi thriller, produced by suspense specialist M Night Shyamalan, surprised critics and viewers alike with its elaborate, and ultimately satisfying, premise.

In season one, Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Matt Dillon) wakes up in a creepy, Stepford-like town called Wayward Pines.

He discovers he can't leave and eventually uncovers the reason why - the town is actually an ark in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has imploded and what remains are vicious creatures (abbies, short for aberrations) devolved from humans over thousands of years.

Forward-thinking town founder David Pilcher set aside 1000 or so people in suspended animation, awaking them as needed to populate Wayward Pines and ensure the future of the human race.

The only problem? It's more than a little disorienting to wake up and accept a strange new reality.

A good chunk of the town's residents don't agree with how the town is being run and they form an underground rebellion to thwart Pilchard's dictatorship.

Season one ended with Burke sacrificing himself for his wife, teenage son Ben and the rest of the town after it was overrun by abbies. The final scene showed Ben waking up from his injuries months later to find a younger generation ruling the town with an iron fist.

Dillon's departure makes way for a new leading man: surgeon Dr Theo Yedlin (Jason Patric). He's a different protagonist - a little more cautious and light-footed.

Aussie actor Josh Helman and Djimon Hounsou also join the cast, with Hope Davis's extremely unsettling character Megan Fisher taking on a more central role this year.

The writers throw Dr Yedlin straight into the thick of the action as new town leader Jason (Tom Stevens) attempts to quash the rebellion once and for all.

The new season moves beyond the events of Black Crouch's bestselling trilogy, allowing writers and new showrunner Mark Friedman more creative leeway.

What I love about this show is it seems to have an endless number of mysteries and twists, with every episode ending on a cliffhanger.

Season one set the stage, season two will reveal the true monsters of Wayward Pines.

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