Is the aim of Wayward Pines to create the perfect, obedient human?

Discussion of "Wayward Pines" (8 p.m. Central Thursdays on Fox) on threads such as the AV Club and IMDB has centered on what the heck is happening on the show. Those questions are fascinating, but a bigger question is rarely talked about: What is the point of Wayward Pines? I suspect the goal of Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones) is to create the perfect, obedient human. But first, we must spend some time on the original question ("What's going on?") because that, too, is far from settled. (Note: This post includes spoilers of the first five episodes, but nothing about the books the series is based on, as I haven't read them.)

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First episode impressions: ‘Wayward Pines’

"Wayward Pines" (8 p.m. Central Thursdays on Fox) starts off with the same eyeball-to-overhead-shot opening pan-out as "Lost" – with Matt Dillon in place of Matthew Fox -- and the rest of the pilot episode could be an exercise in finding similarities to other shows.

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