‘Wayward Pines’ The Truth: Is This ‘The Matrix?’

While early the series Wayward Pines felt a lot like The Prisoner revisited, or to be more exact reimagined, the latest episode, The Truth, feels like The Matrix. Matt Dillon’s Ethan Burke may not be Neo and Toby Jones is definitely not Morpheus although he might be the Idaho version as we learn later just who his character really is.

In this segment, we learn just what those “animals” are on the other side of the fence. Last week, Ethan tells Ben somewhat unconvincingly that the animal they saw was a “wolf.” This episode proves that off all the woodland creatures they could be, a non domesticated canine is not one of them. The show takes a severe left turn in this episode.

The Truth has Ethan climbing the mountain in a desperate attempt to get help in Boise, Theresa starts her new job and Ben becomes a member of the First Generation. While it sounds like some sort of pop group, it is not. These youngsters are all learning the “truth” about Wayward Pines and finding out who the new savior of mankind is; David Pilcher, aka Dr. Jenkins, played by Toby Jones.

According to the headteacher, or is she the only teacher, at school, the world has moved on. Giving the three kids in Orientation a coin each, she asks them to inspect these “old” relics that are no longer worth anything. Ben finds it is a quarter dated 2048. The three then learn what the rest of the school kids know already, that the animals in the wood are people who have regressed to a more savage state.

As they learn that Wayward Pines is an ark in a post apocalyptic world where humans have become animals, Ethan crossed the mountain top, gets attacked by one of the “abbies,” short for abnormals, and when he gets to the edge of Boise, he finds ruins covered with vegetation and a helicopter.

Meanwhile, Theresa learns that the towns newest denizen was also in a car accident before being admitted to hospital. This new arrival needs a home and she finds that her real estate jobs does not included selling houses but giving them away. In a town where retirement means death, it is anyone’s guess who lived there before, most likely Peter.

The new addition speaks to Mrs. Burke about what he saw after his accident, a lot of what sounds like cryogenic capsules and this ties into what Ben learns at school. Apparently the world has ended except for these chosen few who have been spared to ensure the human race survives in a more civilized state.

As convincing as all this seems, one has to remember that just last week, Dr. Jenkins was in a civilized Boise talking to another Secret Service agent about the Burkes. If, as he and the teacher, Wayward Pines is all that is left of civilization where was Jenkins/Pilcher when speaking to Ethan’s supervisor.

It is taking this into consideration that makes the whole thing seem like a sort of Matrix scenario. At the very least this appears to be some sort of experiment. At one point, the man from Boise’s Secret Service agency says that Burke is not handling things well, except that he gives Ethan a number, there is that reference to The Prisoner again which this does not appear to be at all.

This week’s episode of Wayward Pines, The Truth does feel like a trip into The Matrix. Now that Ethan is on his way back to the town the rest of his nuclear family are learning their own truths after he has learned what Pilcher claims to be true. One thing is for certain, this show continues to keep the plot line twisting and turning, becoming one of the most addicting programs on television.

iZombie Season Finale: Oops

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iZombie aired its season finale on June 9 and although titled Blaine’s World, it could just as easily been called Oops. It is not just Liv who makes mistakes, there are a number of characters who misjudge the situation and this miscalculation gets em in the rear, like Blaine when Liv injects him in the nether regions with Ravi’s cure toward the end of the episode. Ultimately, the heroine herself is the victim of her own impulses by the time the credits roll and the audience can only shake their head and wonder at the irony of it all.

Since Liv discovered in the previous episode that the cure seemed to be working in the last lab rat, she has been fighting off the urge to take the remaining two doses. While the show’s main plot deals with Major in danger and Cameron stupidly selling the thumb drive back to Vaughn Du Clark, the other plot threads are Liv’s desire to take the remaining dose of Ravi’s cure, Peyton’s vanishing act, Du Clark’s next move in his marketing of Max Rage and Evan Moore’s working at Meat Cute.

The police follow Cameron’s false trail, where he pretends to fear for his life while selling back the thumb drive only to discover that he really is in danger of dying and the cops learn what Du Clark was so desperate to hide. When the police grab Cameron, they find out that he murdered Nate and Teresa and that he did make a copy of the thumb drive, despite what he told the red head in the green dress.

Liv goes down to tell Ravi what she and Clive learned from the thumb drive and he is not there. She watches the cured zombie-rat drinking water and Ravi calls. He is concerned about Major and Liv learns that Peyton has still not shown up. She sends a text to Major, telling him that the brains he gave her are monkey brains.

DeBeers’ flunky intercepts the text and he realizes where his astronaut brains are. Liv has one of the two doses in her hand preparing to inject herself when Blaine calls her to demand his brains back. She takes the astronaut brains to DeBeers in exchange for Lilywhite, the villain gives her a hooded man that is supposed to be Major and it is not.

In the meantime, her fiancee has escaped from the freezer, collected his newly purchased guns and grenade, and turned Meat Cute into a blood-soaked scene of retribution. Blaine returns and plants a knife in Major’s stomach, leaving him to die slowly in front of the recently vacated freezer and goes to stop the music. As he turns around Liv shoots him in the side.

After a brief interaction, where he tells Major that Liv is a zombie, she injects DeBeers with the cure hoping that he dies. She then scratches the dying Major turning him into a zombie. The show moves into irony mode when her brother Evan comes to work at the shop just as Lt. Suzuki blows the place up to plant and alter evidence at the crime scene.

Liv gives Major the last of the cure and gets a call from her mother from the hospital. She learns that Evan needs a blood transfusion or he will die and she is the only match for his rare O negative blood type. Since she did not take the cure Liv cannot provide the needed blood. As her mother’s voice fades in telling her to follow the doctor, the camera zooms in for a close up as Liv says no.

iZombie delivers a season finale that takes the audiences’s breath away. The whole episode is full of those moments where bad or impulsive decisions come back to haunt the individual who makes them. Liv has the biggest “oops” moment when she learns that wasting the cure on DeBeers was a big mistake, perhaps almost as much as her giving the cure to Major, and that this will cost her brother his live.

The big question here is…Will she scratch Evan? Even more importantly should she?

11 June 2015

Michael Knox-Smith

Stitchers: Episode Two (Recap/Review)

ABC LogoAs Stitchers moves further into the first season with episode two, things are starting to come together. Although there is still a feeling that the series is rushing, by the end of this segment, Kirsten agrees very quickly to become a more permanent part of the program after being “lied” to.

The the full article at Viral Global News…

Let Us Fix Your Problem: Latest Internet Scam

Apple logoWaking this morning to a splendid 3G signal in the desert from my iPhone’s Hotspot, I finished up my previous night’s review and uploaded it. As I went to publicize the piece I got an “alert” from applemac.us saying that a porn site “pornjizz” was attempting to hack my system. It warned that stopping my browser or restarting my computer would cause valuable information to become more accessible and to stop what I was doing immediately and ring the support number – 1-844-608-4612.

Alarm bells ringing in my mind, I did indeed cease and desist my publicity efforts and rang the number. The first clue that told me something was wrong here was the lack of Apple-ness by the chap who answered the phone. Indian, as in from India or Pakistan, he was polite enough but answered as technical department and not with his name.

I read off the message on the screen and he immediately informed me that they could take care of my problem with little fuss and I did not need to do a thing. Okay, I responded slowly, what happens next, the technician then read me off a url which I needed to type into my search engine, it was: www dot fast support dot com.

The second alarm went off because there was an obvious lack of Apple anywhere in the address provided. The third and final alarm, which by this time sounded like a fire alarm on steroids, was the next thing out of the technician’s mouth.

“We will take control of your computer and fix the problem in minutes.”

*Freeze Frame.*

I thanked the chap for his help and told him that my phone signal was fading and needed to ring him back. He offered to ring me back within the next 10 minutes. I thanked him and when he rang back, explained that I could not use my laptop and my phone at the same time and would ring them later.

Ringing the real Apple support number which is a 1-800 number…always…I got the familiar Apple answer where I was informed how long my wait would be, asked certain questions, sent to the right department and when the technician came on the line she gave me her name. The lovely lady informed me that yes this was a scam where they could charge you for the amount of time they took to “fix” your problem.

I pointed out that they also wanted to take control of my laptop which would have given them access to all my information. She congratulated me on recognizing that it was a scam and for calling them to double check.

Speaking earlier to the fake technician at no time did he ask for my serial number or what Apple product I had. He also zoomed in on the “let us take control of your computer” bit. With nothing but an on-screen alert, which claimed to be from Apple, and a 1-844 number he expected me to let him access my computer.

Not happening mate.

Looking at the site later the thing looks genuine enough but it is not, just as the real Apple folks.

So be advised there is a new scam in town. I assumed it was a Chrome issue but Stephanie at Apple assured me that the message was showing up on Safari as well. So consider yourself warned, if you see a message from applemac.us with the following number attached 1-844-607-4612 disregard the information and do not bother to call the number. Completely ignore the fast support dot com instructions, if you do ring, and do not let anyone you do not know or trust take control of your computer or laptop.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, the above urls have been spelled out since I could not get WordPress to stop putting a link to the fraudulent site in my article.

10 June 2015

Michael Knox-Smith