The Following - Season 1 [DVD] 
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Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kevin Bacon and UK's James Purefoy (Rome) star in this terrifying new thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream). When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon), a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. Knowing Carroll better than anyone and close with Carroll's ex-wife, Claire, Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes no-nonsense agent Jennifer Mason and sharp upstart Mike Weston, and soon discovers that Carroll was not only communicating with a network of killers in the outside world, but has much more planned than just a prison escape -- and there's no telling how many additional killers are out there. As Hardy and the FBI team are challenged by the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the diabolical Carroll (who's writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist), Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he's faced with not one but an entire cult of serial killers.
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The Following could best be described as 24 without the time limit and where terrorists have been replaced with a murderous cult led by a convicted serial killer. The series is utterly captivating whilst being an exercise in frustration; like 24, progress is often one-step-forwards-two-steps-back. Most episodes contain some sort of twist which leaves you constantly guessing, and the anonymity of the cult members leads you to distrust almost all but the best-established characters.
What The Following does well is the depth it gives not only the leading characters, but also a large part of the supporting cast. Unlike 24, the timeline is not completely linear and a lot of the characterisation is built up through flashbacks, which works very effectively. Backstories add to the twists as well as the character development. Bacon is excellent as the troubled hero, dealing with Hardy's physical ailments (a hangover from his first capture of Carroll) and his emotional trauma and deficiencies.Read more ›
James Purefoy plays Joe Carroll the urbane, intelligent, Hannibal Lecter’ish professor of English serial killer while Kevin Bacon is the somewhat dishevelled ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy called back as a consultant following Carroll’s escape from prison. It all looks to conform to the standard formula but the presence of Carroll’s eponymous cult ‘following ‘ is a unique twist. Although the main plot thread is the hunt for Carroll, the gradual revealing of cultists drives the narrative while the relationship between Carroll, his ex-wife, son and Hardy adds a human dimension and allows some character development.
It is a well put together, violent, sometimes creepy & disturbing TV series which bowls along at a cracking pace but there are, unfortunately, some incredibly contrived plot devices which stretch the necessary suspension of disbelief more than a little. By the season finale it all seemed a bit improbable and silly but remained entertaining throughout. All-in-all, not as clever or intricately plotted as it could have been but not bad nonetheless.
This series redefines the term 'suspense thriller'. This is the new 'Hitchcock' for the 21st Century!
However, FBI is too dumb. The criminal cult is much more organized than FBI. Could this be real?
FBI stepping into enemy territory with no backup, no earwig, unable to communicate, .... , all this is impossible.
FBI doesn't even surveil suspects.
If the FBI hadn't been so negligent, this show would have ended in three episodes.
The producers had to make the FBI so incompetent just to prolong the show.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intense, thrilling and brilliantly shocking. Anyone toying with watching it should just dive in and press play, but be warned you'll be hooked. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
James Purefoy is glorious in this, reminds me of his performance in Rome.
Some other acting is fair to good. Read more
Started off with great promise. Action packed, good acting, story line that originally had me hooked. By the end I was entirely fed up with the storyline, plot and characters. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sue Walker
rude at times, I find that unnecessary apart from that it is very exciting and addictivePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
wanted to love this series , great to start but flags off and becomes boring , Kevin Bacon is superb thoughPublished 15 days ago by dee
I Would've loved to give a higher rating, but every episode I tried to watch resulted in loss of lipsynch and the sound constantly being broken up with missing syllables and... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Ratso
Absolutely ridiculous plot. The cast should be embarrassed to be part of this...Published 1 month ago by gambit