Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Following


Kevin Bacon chasing a brilliant, deranged serial killer with a cult to do his bidding. Fox had me at Kevin Bacon. The first episode of The Following was a pleasant surprise. I did not know about the serial killer's cult, so it's safe to say events did not play at out as I had imagined them. Instead of chasing a lone psycho, a chase with a lot of unlikely close calls, former FBI agent Ryan Hardy finds himself going after a whole cult of psychos. Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy, is the charismatic spider in the web, who built a following during his time in prison.

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.

4 comments:

  1. I'm enjoying the show too but find it hard to believe that Carroll's cult has reached so far within society. I'm not sure how far you got into the series but Carroll sure has his fingers in everything.

    Do the Americans really not pay attention to what their high profile prisoners are doing behind their cells?

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    1. Ken, it's all explained by everyone being a complete retard except of course Carroll.

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  2. Need to check it out because it sounds pretty awesome, I could at least DVR it if I don't tune in live...LOL. Great review!

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    1. Honestly, after watching a few more I kind changed my mind. It's OK, but the writing gets rather lazy and predictable.

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