My two cents... While Wayward Pines (aka "Village of the Damned on the Planet of the Apes") was far from perfect, it was a nice summer distraction. It was essentially a 10 hour twilight zone episode with philosophical meditations on the old saw about trading freedom for security as well as the dangers of the benevolent dictator. The circular ending with the son waking up to the new future of the first generation was nicely played, though I hope they don't decide to give in to trying a second season. Like any good twilight episode, the point has been made. I even liked the genre drift, which as far as I can tell was quite intentional-- from thriller, to scifi to horror as everything collapses. Then there is the very brief moment when a utopian ending is teased at, until the son wakes up 3 years later to find it totally dashed. As it should have been-- again, like twilight zone, which dealt much more skillfully in touching yet cruel endings (Burgess Meredeth steps on his glasses), a utopian ending would have seemed cheap and cynical. It was enjoyable, but not something I would go back and rewatch, say like Orphan Black. It was clever, but not brilliant, and kept me engaged although already the memory fades.