Wednesday, 6 March 2013
It's funny how both men have written books about their experience, and the events which takes place now are Joe Carroll's new story. As an avid reader I can appreciate how the main characters talk about the events as chapters in a book. Things do not always go according to plan though, I have had more than one writer tell me characters have a will of their own.
A lot of the show is focused on Ryan Hardy's complicated relationship with Joe Carroll's ex-wife, the two had a brief affair which Ryan ended. This is a chink in the armour of an otherwise entertaining show. Ryan Hardy is just too much of a cliche with his drinking and complete inability to function in a relationship, and we are treated to more than one flashback where Ryan and Mrs Serial Killer yearn for each other, only to be torn apart in the next. It's not a successful portrayal of a hard, broken man who lives only for his addictions, nor is their pain interesting, it's too forced. It only serves as a pace killer and frustration while we wait for a scene where something actually happens. Less fucking longing looks and moping, let's see some action instead.
On the upside, The Following does a great job with all the wannabe serial killers. It's a fun plot twist where anyone can be a killer, and quite comical how the FBI manage to remain so clueless. I'm a couple of episodes in to the series and the writers are still adding little twists to the plot, mostly new gruesome way for people to die, but I still can't wait for the next episode.
The Following successfully resuscitates the genre with an interesting twist, but it's hard to tell if our victim will make a full recovery. Still worth watching, for now.