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.
Troubled FBI agent plays cat-and-mouse with the genius serial killer he captured years before our story begins. Yes, you've heard it all before, about a zillion times. But Joe Carroll (the criminal mastermind) wrote a cheesy bit of Edgar Allan Poe fan-fiction that seems to have captured the hearts of a diverse bunch of weirdos. He's turned these followers into a cult and they have big plans.
I like the idea and I respect Kevin Williamson even if he did foist 'Dawson's Creek' on to the world.
The idea of a cult of serial killers is a good one, but the plot twists are just ludicrous and the cult never seems very 'culty'. Where were the insane monologues, scenes of Joe whipping his followers in to bouts of ecstasy or weird rituals you would expect from a cult?
Joe Carroll is too much of a super-villain, planning things to an inconceivable level of detail and I kept asking myself 'where do they get their funding?' They seem to be able to lay their hands on any sort of device or vehicle they need.
Remember when '24' stirred up controversy by defending the use of torture? Forget it brother. Ryan Hardy does it every episode. Honestly, by the end of the first season, he would be serving a life sentence himself. But in the show he's teflon. Sure he beat a suspect and gouged his eye out. Next episode everyone seems to have forgotten. Did I mention that he's retired and is supposed to be acting as an adviser? By the end of the season the writers seem to have forgotten. He's making all the important calls.
I watched the entire first season, but I don't see myself continuing beyond that. And I'll also be happy if I don't hear any references to Poe for a while. The show just wore that theme out.
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...
While yes I've tuned in every week endlessly to see what was next, this show really hit me in the head after the episode "Guilt". If you haven't seen it, good. Don't. Please. And, "The Final Chapter"? It was, meh. At best, okay. Not a spectacular finale that you would expect. However though, we do have Kevin Bacon and Nico Tortelli as some amazing bright spots! Sadly, they killed off Nico (Jacob) for seemingly no god damn reason. The Following me always has me scratching my head, but I always come back to it. Let's see if things pick up next season.
I had good expectations on this show. Here in Brazil the biggest Tv network made a huge "noise" about this show. I am really disappointed. This show turns worse at every chapter, so unrealistic, seems to make us feel stupid. Acceptable only for Kevin Bacon performance. A second season would be a waste of time and patience.
I think if I was in TV land and someone I knew went missing, given the choice betwen the FBI on The Following and Ace Ventura pet detective, I would take Ace.
How it it possible that the bad guys always get away in this show.
The cult is everywhere, Kevin come on man, you bring the girl to your place then order food......
I really want to love this show, I really like Kevin Bacon, and the acting is pretty good,but most TV shows push the limit of what is believable or even possible, but this show makes Ghostbuster look like the evening news(Not Fox news, the real news)
I know the inclination for readers is to say "Then don't watch". But my disappointment is such that I couldn't help but comment. I finally had to stop last week's show midway due to yet another all-too-common FBI blunder. I'd be nervous as he11 if our real-life law enforcement were that inept and unprepared. I really like Kevin Bacon but these continuous unrealistic actions really fray the nerves of logical viewers. And I guess I just like the 'good guy' to win too much to want to watch continued ineptitude and a never-ending story of human indecency. Thanks for 'listening'. :)
I like the premise and many of the characters, but the situations the police/FBI get themselves into are so utterly unrealistic I find myself in the same boat as Beyoungs. This should be a one season show.
The evac center scene: No way any law enforcement agency would wander around a room full of potential nut jobs hoping to identify "odd behavior".
This is just one of many tactically unrealistic is why the show has lost me as a "Follower"
I see that many people here don't like the show, and we can all say what we think and feel on here, this show is better than many of the shows that are on right now and I look forward to watching it each week.
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