AVClub: Wayward Pines is rapidly becoming one of the most dependable series on television. Not “best,” mind you—although it’s definitely one of the best shows when it comes to fun summer TV. No, what the series reliably delivers is its particular brand of crazy, week after week, and with only two episodes left to go, there’s not a dud in the bunch. And given how this week’s events literally blow a hole in the entire setup, that momentum seems unlikely to change.
Pamela Pilcher finally made sense as a person this week. It turns out her alternately patronizing and threatening demeanor has been largely a way to placate her paranoid brother, while she tries to watch out for the people she considers family: the volunteer employees of Wayward Pines tech facility. Conducting interrogations of the security monitors, she learns some love the job, some tolerate it, and some, like poor Reggie Hudson, occasionally do their best to shield the town’s citizens from the very rules meant to protect them. Pam understands this, and allows it. She knows that people are naturally inquisitive, and that there will always be questions. Unfortunately for her—and much more unfortunately for the re-hibernated Reggie—her brother doesn’t see it that way.