The Following is the Spring sensation that took Fox viewers by storm and led to some of the highest ratings for a mid-season debut in network history. After watching one episode, I could see why this show was so popular, it really is right up my ally, and is easily one of the best written shows on network television.
10 years ago, College professor, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), was convicted of the murders of 14 young women. He sits on death row, waiting to be executed, when he launches a daring escape. Completely stunned, the . brings in the now retired agent who originally caught him to track him down. Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is a troubled, lonely man, who just wants to move on with his life and leave all the horrors he's known behind him. Reluctantly, he agrees to find Carroll and to everyone's surprise, does it with ease. As it turns out, getting caught again was all part of Carroll's plan. While in prison, Carroll had spoken with and gotten to know many different people who admire what he did. The charismatic killer has tricked these people into believing that they need to give their lives meaning by being a part of something special, his resurrection. Carroll's getting easily captured by the . was nothing more than a signal to his many followers to begin reeking havoc all over the eastern seaboard. The targets are seemingly anyone Carroll ever interacted with and the acts all meant to torment the man who caught him, Ryan Hardy. With no other choice, Hardy agrees to stay on and try to stop whatever was set in motion, before Carroll's plan can come to fruition.
I know what you're thinking, because I was thinking the same thing. It's a great story for one season, but how in the world can they continue this show after that, without it becoming old and repetitive. It was something I thought a lot about while watching this show, however my doubts may have been premature. The more this show continued, the better the writing got, and if anyone can keep this show interesting and fresh it's this talented cast and crew.
Kevin Bacon has always been a tremendously underrated actor, because for 30 years, he's simply been known as that guy from Footloose. I've seen many of his films and now his new TV show, and I have to tell you this guy is phenomenal. It wasn't just being able to pull of the character of Ryan Hardy, but also the chemistry he had with James Purefoy. Joe Carroll is one of the best villians I've seen since Hannibal Lechter and the chemistry Purefoy has with Bacon, easily rivals that of Hopkins and Foster.
The show is made even stronger by a tremendous support cast of complicated characters, all of whom have their own hidden past and issues that are brought to the table. Movie actor, Shawn Ashmore is terrific as the young agent who wants nothing more than the praise of his idol, Ryan Hardy. The boss is played by Annie Parisse, perhaps best known as . Alex Borgia on Law & Order.
This show really has deep, well developed characters, that you get quickly attached to, and every time you think you know what's coming they throw a curve ball at you. The Following is such a strong story, that is so well written, that it really has the chance of being on the air for years.
Season one is now streaming on Netflix and season two debuts on Fox in January. I really can't wait to get there. Rarely do I watch shows on the air, I prefer to wait for the DVD to avoid the commercials and watch as much or as a little as I want. The Following is different though, because this show was just so amazing to me, that I honestly can't wait to see what season two has in store for me. I am more than willing to sit through the commercials in order to get there that much faster, and I think once you've seen this show, you'll feel the exact same way.
I just watched both seasons and i thought it was good ok it did drag a bit with the ryan/joe and at points you were like come on just kill him.... and thank god claire killed emma hated her from start...
what i dont understand about all leaving bad comments if you dont like it then why continue watching why not just stop watching it... i watch a few episodes of 1st season of progs if crap then why bother with the rest if good then great
It just got worse and worse, I really hated the staring bit in the art gallery and the we don't need back up we can do it all by ourselves when going for that guys son at the college, then he goes off to kill Joe all by himself. It just got worse and worse. Its like please I don't want to watch anymore shite!
I want to know why these dire an terrible series get life and others like Tim Roth's "Lie to me" which was loved by millions got killed off in it's prime.
I'm not sure how to rate this show evenly. I'll start by expressing my love for the first season. The brutal cult of the infamous Joe Carroll is introduced with suspense, character developments, and vicious plots in the first season. A year later, all of my high expectations left over from season 1 are concluded with utter disappointment. Season 2 fell off the wagon and lost its' dark appeal found in the previous season. It's not a coincidence that Homeland, consisting of the same circle of writers and directors as The Following, went off the deep end with the newest season the same time that The Following did. It's a shame that a show with such great potential was wrecked by lack of creativity and maintenance of the dark twists and turns we saw previously.
Please for the love of God kill off Ryan Hardy, two seasons is enough of him let the main characters be his neice and Mike and they can go after either Joe or someone new, they do this on the show MI5 they get new main people every two years and it stays fresh and worth watching. keep it fresh and alive please don't make it like the show 24 it went on forever I mean how can a man shoot his way out of a building when it's just him against 30 other men.
I think the next person who die in this show should be the writer who keeps trying to write the same things over and over again and letting do the Ryan hardy' character do the same selfish mistakes. the writer lets ryan to work for the FBI but he's still on his revenge thing (may be the writer need him to stuck there coz he didn't have any thing more to offer) he's just letting people die coz of his personal things and Ryan's character isn't even progressing with the time or events around him, he's like invulnerable to the atmosphere and time around him. I loved the onething he said in the last episode to mike that "don't be me" but didn't understand how can he say that he should be the one who understands mike coz he's already on the path and mike is just completing his path. i don't think i'd watch the third season (which they already announced) if they didn't offer something incredible. characters should evolve with big and small things happen around them. Let's see what impact courtney's kill have on ryan as she died coz of the rigidity of his character, but if he's as good as joe says he is then i'd love to see him in the next episode with the aftermaths and all this...
Always too predictable but now they're hiding snide little inside jokes into a 'serious' plotline. Carrol's desciples are on their way to kidnap the tele evangelist's son. The FBI is racing to save him, though racing seems to take long enough to subdue and glue masks to the frat goers faces, at Alpha Beta Omega fraternity. Wonder if that's going to be a bloodbath? Hmm? Alpha Beta Ohmega fraternity??? A-B-O, the human blood type system! I'm just surpprised they didn't find all the party members with their throats cut. Should have called it 'Alpha Beta Ohmega negative'. But in a way, it might keep me watching for inside jokes by some poor writer disgusted with what he has to write for and sliping in passive agressive pranks like that. If it becomes a spoof show, I'll watch another season.
Why do I keep watching this awful show. Worst yet record it on dvr. Like some (correction) most of my fellow viewers I keep tuning into this show week after week expecting to see something new, but all I keep getting is the same old BS.
This show makes HS teenagers look better trained, equipped, organized, skilled than any law enforcement agency in the country combined. The way this show is written in my opinion the President should have sent Joe's cult to capture or kill Bin Laden. We wouldn't have lost a chopper outside Bin Laden's compound.
Sad part all of this is that come this Monday my DVR will be set to record this show contributing to FOX ratings for a show that shouldn't be shot, stabbed, mutilated, blown up (not in good way), put out to pasture forever.
I hate this show. When Joe *spoiler* encourages the killing of the cat I was finally ready to go. But like rubberneckers at a car crash, I couldn't stop looking away. So I still watch it, and I actually am somehow entertained by the sheer stupidity, random violence and horribly flawed ... everything.
The Following is in a category of its own. I thought it was daring, exciting and fun to watch. Haven't seen a show like it before. Can't wait for season 2!
Compared to almost everyone else complaining, at least I like the show & enjoy my time watching it. Why are you all wasting your lives watching a show you think is dumb? And then wasting time complaining about it? To me, that sounds dumb....
God really! I'm with is getting pathetic. Whole episode of wonderfully cleaver criminals outsmarting the pathetic la enforcement agencies of America... Think I am going to start spending more time elsewhere on Mondays!
Spoiler Alert!!! He gets way again at the season just barely.
Now how does a stupid cop run the show involving a cult of serial killers for that long of a time frame? How stupid and unrealistic could they possibly make it? Tired of all these shows with a good idea destroying themselves by being so believably unlikely and unrealistic. NONE of that would ever happen - there would be so many police, army swat you name it on top of that to where it would have ended in season 1 episode 3 at the most. Not to mention the news being involved. Kevin Bacon would have been locked up for being so idiotic from the start. SO tired of shows being so unbelievable! Why ruin a good plot by making people out to be soooo ***ed! BLAH! Refusing to watch this anymore no matter how bored I am.
The last episode was boring. The entire storyline of the religious cult has been boring. I enjoyed the Lilly family but they are almost all dead. The cult people are dumb. The series has gone so far from the Edgar Allan Poe followers that even Joe Carroll doesn't really make sense. I think the creators are winging it.
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.
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