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The Following Season 2 Review “Unmasked”

Alright, now we’re getting somewhere. You know, I’ve got to hand it to “The Following.” Every time there seems to be cause for concern, the show has an uncanny way of righting itself just before it’s too late. In “Unmasked,” the show took care of some business that needed to be taken care of, and then some. I mean, every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in. And I can’t imagine anyone saw that final twist coming…but more on that later. First off:  Ding dong , the ding dong’s dead! As mentioned in previous columns, I was decidedly not a fan of the Micah character, and it’s not because Jake Weber isn’t a solid, likeable actor. I liked him in “Medium,” liked him in the “Dawn of the Dead” remake. I just thought he was dreadfully miscast here. Micah just seemed like a total moron that you couldn’t imagine inspiring much worshipping, and that was a problem if you want us as viewers to believe it could happen in the first place. Read More... //

The Following 2.09 Review: “Unmasked”

Oh, wow.  The Following  has finally broken me. To some degree, it’s kind of a stupidly fun exercise to sit down and watch a new episode from time to time. Maybe it’s a Monday night and you’ve had a rough day. Maybe it’s even a holiday that encourages unwinding with a good drink as you prepare for the rest of the work week to come. Leave it to  The Following  to challenge your control over your own mental faculties, though. Leave it to  The Following  to drive you as insane as Joe or Emma or Ryan or anyone else in this series. Leave it to  The Following  to bring back Natalie Zea as Claire!? From the  dead !?  What is this I don’t even …”Unmasked” was just a typically poor episode of a typically poor show for about 42 minutes. No harm, no foul. But in a masterstroke of the kind of evil genius that someone would exemplify by going around to everyone’s houses and stealing one sock from each pair of socks in all their drawers, we welcome back Zea to  The Following . I’m now terribly afraid that the show is some kind of cyclical experience that no one can escape (certainly not for another year, since FOX recently renewed it for what will probably be a horrible third season that brings back every dead character to life as walkers in a  The Walking Dead  crossover, where we will see season-long arcs in which Ryan and Rick will argue about who is the worse leader). Read More... //

'The Following': 15 Shocking Moments from 'The Messenger'

Check out 15 shocking moments from The Following "The Messenger.  Read More... //

The Following Recap: Campfire Ladies

  I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but next to this new cult we’ve got going, Joe’s suddenly makes a lot more sense. At least his followers are united by a common interest: a psychopathic need to kill. I imagine Joe’s speech to Micah about that, by the way, written sort of like a game of hangman, with all the writers crowded around the computer, each suggesting a new word when it was their turn, excited to find out themselves why Joe does it. Micah’s cult has come together based on a shared need to … slow dance? Back slap, gently? Because they all find a terrible beauty in red being worn over red? Weak.  Read More... //

'The Following' Recap: Joe Finds a Way to Manipulate the Crazy

Fresh off the crazy from last week's The Following , Emma has doubts about staying at Corbin, but Joe assures her they will be okay there. Meanwhile, Ryan gets sanctioned by the FBI to keep his private investigation going to find Joe. During the probe, he and Max track down Joe's mentor, Dr. Arthur Strauss.  Read More... //

The Following Season 2 Review “The Messenger”

On the latest episode of “The Following,” it was time to kill “The Messenger,” or at least, anyone who had the misfortune to be in the way of a message being delivered- or anyone trying to deliver one themselves, in some cases. On the plus side, Ryan finally caught a break when help came from an old CIA acquaintance, Tom Franklin (Charles S. Dutton, aka “Roc”), who actually believed Joe was alive and wanted Ryan to catch him, offering full cooperation and all the means at his disposal, which should come in handy. Not to mention keep Ryan out of trouble with the FBI, if need be. What it didn’t do was to keep him out of trouble, period. They say some people are natural born killers- or so the movie goes- but others are trained. As it turns out, Joe was one of them, and on tonight’s episode, we met the mentor in question, Dr. Arthur Strauss (Gregg Henry, of the Brian DePalma classic “Body Double”), a regular Dr. Frankenstein when it came to creating psychos, or at least nurturing them. Strauss was the one who encouraged Joe to do his thing as a young man, and was also the one to nurse him back to health after his “death.” Read More... //

The Following Review: Bad Teacher

Finding Joe Carroll’s teacher could have been a complete throwaway side quest, but  The Following  Season 2 is definitely adapting from  T he Following  Season 1 ’s flaws and trying to make these minor killer characters pertinent in some way to the core characters or the larger story. Dr. Strauss (Gregg Henry) added another piece to the Joe Carroll puzzle in  The Following Season 2 Episode 8 , even if his antics were brief. He did manage to provide his own creep factor and just listening to him talk about using a sledgehammer to help remove the journalist’s feet was uncomfortable enough.  Read More... //

'The Following': 17 Shocking Moments from 'Sacrifice'

The Following had not one or two serial killers in play on "Sacrifice," but three. Check out the shocking moments, including the jaw-dropping conclusion.   Read More... //

The Following Recap: Hierarchy

So is Joe’s epic plan to convince one of these new cult members to let him use their good credit to buy a house? Why doesn’t he just ask the nice suburban mom if she’ll cosign on a lease? For a guy with control issues, this plan doesn’t exactly seem preferable to the one that involved Joe living in luxury with Lily and the twins and those other adopted children that Lily would’ve definitely pushed out of the helicopter the second it was up high enough.   Now that Joe’s shed his previous identity as hack writer, he has to figure out a new career path. This week he’s trying out his hand as serial killer with a heart of gold. Gone are the days when he would use his own followers as the cheapest way to produce the squishy sound that he loves to make. He loves his followers now, all two of them. The heart-shaped hole in his chest has been replaced with a plush teddy bear clutching a cotton heart with the words “Happy Valentine’s Day” stitched across it in cursive, because it’s from the bargain bin. Out of all the aspects of Joe that make him unlikable to real people but somehow irresistible to fictional ones, his smugness is at the very top. It’s the only facial expression he’s become capable of making, to the point where there were scenes this episode where I was convinced he was actually wearing one of the Joe Carroll rubber masks. He’s so convinced of his own magnetic charm that he has no problem looking a rival murderer in the eye and shaming her for trying to murder someone.  Read More.... //

The Following 2.08 Review: “The Messenger”

The Following  has turned a corner for a brief moment. It amazes me to inform you that “The Messenger” does not feature a scene in which Ryan Hardy kills someone in cold blood. He must be tired. But if you tune in to see that kind of stuff, don’t worry. It looks like Joe is bringing the Crimson Cult (that’s what I’m calling them, because they wear red and because I am as clever as  The Following  – deal with it) to New York for some good ol’ fashioned large-scale murder. That can only mean more cronies to jump into Ryan’s crosshairs like lemmings. Why is the Crimson Cult coming to New York, you might be wondering? Well, I’m glad you asked. King Crimson (I’d hate to sully the name of one of the best prog. bands of all time, but how can you  not  call him King Crimson?) has a talk with Joe that espouses  The Following ‘s take on the mind of a psychopath.  True Detective  projected the troubled nature of its killer through rich imagery and the hellish landscape of its version of the city of Carcosa after dropping lengthy, thoughtful monologues about reconciling the pointlessness of existence and reiterating the endless battle between good and evil.  Hannibal  immerses its main characters in the horrors of violence as a means of understanding the perspective of its psychopaths through prolonged and repeated bouts of out-of-body experiences that blur the line between victim and perpetrator in psychologically damaging ways.  The Following ?  The Following  wants to be much more straightforward with you. Forget all that existential mumbo jumbo. King Crimson walks up to Joe in “The Messenger” and says “I wanna kill people.” Good for you, King Crimson. Good for you. Read More... //