Like others on here, I wanted to like this show. During the first season, I had to keep pretending I wanted to see the next episode. The commercials and promotional art and cast and everything makes it look really cool, but you watch it and "meh".
Their marketing pulled me into the 2nd season the same way. I figured, "Ok, they've laid the ground work, now things are going to start to get interesting!" So far "meh".
The problem is: The cult is just so uninteresting. Why are they doing all of this? Why do they worship Joe so much? Because of EDGAR ALLEN POE?! Seriously?! Edgar Allen Poe is the guy that the goth kids (trying to be both intellectual AND dark) read in high school because he smoked opium, and his stories are supposed to be creepy, but in reality, his stories are just kinda "meh".
Also, could the producers please cast somebody in the cult who's NOT a freakin' up-and-coming runway model?! TV does this all the time, I know, but in this show, it's ridiculous. Oh, and not only are they all physically beautiful people, they're also physically invincible - every 90lb. girl and 145lb. guy in the cult can beat up and murder pretty much anybody anytime. If only they had this super-strength when they were kids, they wouldn't have suffered the childhood abuse (or whatever other idiotic backstory they have) that led them to join Joe's cult to begin with!
I WISH there was more to this story than a group of beautiful people blindly "following" Joe (another beautiful person) because Joe likes Edgar Allen Poe. I keep expecting something more meaningful to be revealed, but nearly halfway through season 2, it's STILL just a group of beautiful people blindly "following" Joe (another beautiful person) because Joe likes Edgar Allen Poe.
I wish Chris Carter did this show. He'd have made it really interesting. Remember "Millennium"? That show was DARK.
Really enjoyed the show until this season (Feb 2014). It should have ended with the killing of Joe, not a staged killing. Say goodbye Joe, wrap it up and end the series.
It has become nothing more than what another rater says - .
"Capture, release, capture, release, stab-stab-stab, capture and release. That's the whole show. We would be in a world of crap if the FBI and police were really as stupid as this show portrays them to be. "Same old" week after week.
I wanted to like this show. I started watching it on Netflix. By episode 4 I couldn't believe how UNbelievable it is. Capture, release, capture, release, stab-stab-stab, capture and release. That's the whole show. We would be in a world of crap if the FBI and police were really as stupid as this show portrays them to be. There are so many careless things the "victims" do in this show, you will seriously get mad! It had promise, but is just far too unbelievable!
Well, I had hoped this season would be better. While I like Kevin Bacon all fit and running mini marathons, isn't his character supposed to have been shot through the heart? It should be pretty impossible without a heart transplant to be able to run, or even go very far at a fast walk. Not to mention getting hit by the car and barely getting bruised by it. Ryan is a lot like the eveready bunny, indestructible it seems just like Joe.
First, the show stopped 47 minutes in leaving the viewer with 13 minutes of horrific commercials. Second, Mike is now 5 inches taller than Ryan. Third, kill Emma off or be creative. Have her "reform" her ways and help the cause. Fourth, the twins are plain weird. Not scary, not crazy, just strange. Lastly, get new writers. Kevin Bacon has to be embarrassed which is probably why the other decent actors asked, I assume, to be killed off.
I started watching this show last year because of how much it was advertised and because I (usually) like Kevin Bacon. Part way through the season I swore I would stop watching it because of just how ridiculous it was. Then it became fun to watch because it was so bad. It really seemed that the writers gave up after the 4th or 5th episode.
I'm hoping it becomes a good show this year but I'm not holding my breath.
Horrible writing. Horrible writing. And a few excessively annoying characters like Emma Hill. The entire story is stupid. You see overacting and a lot of ridiculous moves. Just think of all the money that got wasted on this one.
a show where they portray the good guys as total idiots and the bad guys win most of the time. for some reason writers for these types of shows lack creativity to the point that they just do things to piss off viewers. im sorry but thats not good writing. for some reason though americans eat that shit up, given the shows average score and how much people like shows like game of thrones. disappointing but not surprising.
in regards to the whole don't want to catch the bad guy in the first episode: i get that. but you just pointed out the biggest problem with the whole show: there is only 1 bad guy, which leads to ridiculous episodes so they can keep it interesting. the whole premise of season 2 is ridiculous. i don't care if it's a tv show it has to have at least an iota of realism.
Personally I enjoy The Following. Maybe it's because I like serial killers & am a bit twisted who knows. I also apparently don't take my television so seriously that I have to pick it apart. It's fiction. Could someone start a serial killer cult where you never knew who all the followers were? Honestly this could be a slight possiblity. People are crazy. That being said it's a TELEVISION SHOW. If they caught the bad guys in the 1st episode the show would be over.
I'm not really a fan of serial killer fiction. Sure, I liked Silence of the Lambs, but overall I can do without these. So I will admit this show is a tough sell for me.
That being said, there was some good stuff in the first episode. The show had a gritty, intense quality, and Bacon was properly angsty.
But the premise is so dumb. If I'm not a fan of serial killers, I'm even less of a fan of serial killers whose talents go beyond anything imaginable in the real world. I hated the episodes of Bones in which a serial killer hacker can basically hack into the Pentagon using a paper clip and a tube of toothpaste. But this is a show centered around the idea that a convicted killer can not only acquire groupies but can both gain an insane Manson-style cult and have these people appear normal and work their way into every aspect of society.
It's just too stupid. While the unpleasantness of gory killings and horror put me off, it was the stupidity that made me decide one episode was enough.
I read that Kevin Bacon waited 4 years for a should have waited a little longer. The show is ridiculous. Never before has a team on a cop or FBI show been so inept. Furthermore the plot is so far fetched it is mind boggling. The riting is poor, the direction is poor and Kevin Bacon has 2 personslities which is poor character development. I was expecting something close to the quality of The a shame. Worst worst part of the show is the horrible actress who plays Emma. In a nutshell, i will not be a part of the following of this inane waste of time.
Just watched 1st 6 eps. Didn't expect much, and wasn't disappointed. The cops must all be Reno 911 rejects - they weren't the brightest bulbs, but at least they didn't get themselves killed every 5 minutes. Bacon's wife would have wrapped up the case in one ep and still had plenty of time to feed the cat. And how can poor Natalie Zea justify leaving Raylan Givens for this pathetic wretch? Carroll is supposed to be an evil mastermind, but the half-witted schmuck who choked himself in the hospital would be more than a match for these bumblers. In a slasher movie they'd be the ones going out in the woods alone at midnight in a flimsy nightgown to see what's making that terrifying noise...
Pilot was promising. Since then wife and I cannot discern WHY we keep watching this thing!
With multiple followers being exposed each episode, they've overdone the "twists" that should be more carefully rationed to avoid the frustration we feel watching this show. Seriously, just watched episode 6 and see exposed followers:
* half a SWAT team that killed the other half
* hillbilly sheriff who killed her partner
* FBI cult-crimes profiler (like we didn't see THAT RODERICK PEOPLE!!
* 6 year Army veteran who happened to serve 6 tours in southwest Asia. Incidentally, when the hell would this guy have had time to go through basic training?
Atypical poorly written drama cliches:
* EVERY character told to go somewhere alone without telling the police DOES
* suspects to 'halt' MULTIPLE by police will ALWAYS be allowed to get close enough to tackle and/or kill the cop!
Why'd Joe not just take Ryan out years before? What's supposed to make this guy a genius in the first place? A specialization in Poe??? An english professor whose specialty is Poe is like David Gilmour playing the opening rift to "Smoke on the Water". While some may say that the Joe's deriving pleasure from manipulating and tormenting the hero, I counter by suggesting that the audience is the one suffering by watching each episode
I think Fox would have been better off using Joe to taunt the Ryan during Ryan's hunt for a different follower operating somewhere in the country each episode. While this show had a lot of promise based on premise in the previews, I'd rather take a disk sander to my nipples then allow my wife and I to waste another hour of our lives watching it.
When one finds himself rooting for the bad guys so the show will just end, he has to put his foot down and say, "nevermore".
I think this show had the start of a great series, but it starting losing me when they showed the FBI as a bunch of bumbling idiots. It's not very believable when it comes to actual crime scene investigation and police work. Even though Kevin Bacon has been one of my favorite actors, he's starting to remind me of a broken down has been in this show. It needs better writing or I don't think it will last another seasons.
This could have been a great show but sadly the writing let it down. Predictable is an understatement. The only saving grace was the acting but even that couldn't make me watch further than 10 episodes.
I don't know if the writers dumbed it down so everyone could understand it or if they truly believe that the FBI are totally incapable. We watched the first 9 episodes and then had to stop because I was getting too annoyed at the predictability of the plot.
Eventually after a few months I tried again but had to turn off half way through the episode when I was struck speechless at how stupid the characters all seemed to be. I swiftly erased the remaining episodes just in case I was ever tempted to give it another try.
Like I said this could have been a great show, the story, the cast, the prime time slot and the budget all were in its favour but mediocre writing and thinking that the audience are all idiots has sealed its fate for me and no doubt quite a few others
This show started good, first few episodes. But quite frankly after they get to the house it's all downhill. Saved by the acting of various stars, But the writing is formulaic, attempts to go "hey here's something new, but it's the same "new" stuff we've been seeing for the last 50 years.
When a show tries too hard to fool you, but instead insults your intelligence because it is predictible to a point where you can see everything coming a mile away, you know you have problems.
If not for Kevin Bacon, I would have given up on this show before the six episodes I watched. Terrible writing like this should not be excused, let along renewed. The premise sounded good at first but the execution was just an epic fail. Very dissappointed.
The thing that makes this show hard to watch is how they justify the members if the following. The bad guy, Joe, is supposed to have created a legion of serial killers over the Internet and the FBI are helpless to stop him. If his name was Lex Luthor and Superman was in it, then might buy it.
So I really liked the plot twists, some of the surprises, and the character evolutions. But by the end of the season, the show completely dropped the ball. Several major characters I liked are dead, and I can't see anything short of a convoluted way of continuing the story. I'm sorry this is getting a second season. At least with the current ending I could accept the show as being over.
Without a doubt one of the worst shows I've seen in years. The writing is lazy and stupid at every turn and the complete disregard for detail is astounding. Two of the central characters themes are simply, get caught, escape, get caught again, escape again, get caught again. Keven Bacon's character's theme is chase the bad guys on his own while never calling for backup, and then catch the bad guys before ultimately having to give up his weapon before the bad guys plot holes are numerous and huge, and each and every time the writers need to "sell" a preposterous twist to its audience, some random person is revealed as a cult member. Law enforcement is portrayed as a collective of bumbling buffoons at every turn, a clear indicator that the writers are clueless as to how to have their cult characters elude their predators by outsmarting them. I could go on and on and on. Glad that I didn't review this show after the pilot episode, I likely would have given it an 8 or better. I imagine that's why this show has a relatively decent overall rating as many reviews were favorable after just one episode. Terribly ridiculous and disappointing show.
This show is possibly the stupidest attempt at a thriller that I've ever seen. Just watched the first half of the season and gave up half way through another episode of FBI incompetence. I'm normally very encouraging of new shows and try to give them a season or so to get on track but this is so bad I just can't watch any more. You can only suspend belief so far...
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