In “Wayward Pines” this week Megan is arguing with everyone, Jason, C.J., and Rebecca. “Exit Strategy” has the crippled Abbie attack survivor becoming more strident about the old ways versus being prepared to adapt to Jason’s new vision. The true nature of the woman is coming to the fore.
The big news in this episode is that Adam Hassler has returned from outside, along with the exiled Xander. Both men have learned something of the Abbies although Hassler has been studying them for years. The former friend and colleague of Ethan Burke has been scarred by his exposure to the outside. Adam is determined to go home as he has some disturbing revelations to pass on.
Hassler learns of Pilcher’s death but is compelled to return to Wayward Pines. Xander comes in with him and while he is still on Jason’s naughty list his punishment has been rescinded.
For the moment.
Jason decides it is time to send parties outside the fence to grow food and to expand the town’s borders. Megan (Hope Davis) argues against it and Jason is not impressed. He is, in fact, bored and this is the first sign that the student has far surpassed his old teacher.
Megan’s power always lay with her influence over the kids of Wayward Pines. Now that the First Generation are in charge her power has waned. The former teacher is helplessly caught up in the old ways; Pilcher’s ways. Since “Invasion Day” Megan has lost her clout with the grownup residents and with her puppet leader; Jason (Tom Stevens).
Earlier, as Dr. Yedlin (Jason Patric) treated Hassler, the man reveals that he believes the Abbies are not enemies to the people of Wayward Pines, but their replacements. Even Xander, in his short time dealing with the aberrations, learned that they are not the mindless creatures they have been advertised to be.
Lucy’s brother tells Megan that her period has started and this leads to a division between brother and sister. It also results in a confrontation between Rebecca (Nimrat Kaur) and Megan. Unable to sleep, Lucy’s sibling goes out to the town square where he sees a lone Abbie in the carousel.
As evidenced by their suicidal attempt to climb the fence, the Abbies are thinking creatures. (The pyramid of bodies would have eventually allowed the things to scale the fence.) Focus on the show is now moving toward the Abbies and their function in this future world.
What Pilcher chose to ignore, and what Jason never learned from Megan at school, was evolution; natural and enforced. The Abbies developed, as a necessity, the sharp teeth and nails combined with a proclivity for violence in order to survive. As time went by the mental process deteriorated since technology disappeared.
Life became a case of eat or be eaten.
Pilcher fought evolution by building his ark and even now his “descendants” are become less intelligent and more prone to violence. They are also “devolving” i.e. going back to more primitive devices to ensure their survival.
As Rebecca points out to Megan in their little power struggle; baby farming was performed by primitive cultures. Beyond the underage forced procreation issue is Dr. Yedlin’s realization that the humanity of the Wayward Pines government and its denizens is missing.
In many ways this series could be seen as a warning to the world we live in today. The “dumbing down” of the populace (and if the presidential candidates are not completely indicative of that process, nothing is) amid huge leaps in technology seems to eerily echo Wayward Pines.
The series airs Wednesdays on FOX. Tune in and see how Megan makes out in her meeting with Jason.