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The Following - Season 2 [DVD] [2014]
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SEASON TWO - (The review does outline the flow of the series)
One year has passed since 'Joe Carrol' (James Purefoy) is believed t have died in the explosion
at the lighthouse, dental records had confirmed it.
'Ryan Hardy' (Kevin Bacon) and his wife 'Claire' were attacked in their home,'Claire' died at nd Hospital.
Ryan' has slowly rebuilt his life away from the F.B.I. and now lectures on crime.
When a number of passengers on a N.Y.subway rail carriage are killed by men wearing 'Joe Carrol'
masks the F.B.I. seek out 'Ryan' and former partner 'Mike Weston' (Shawn Ashmore) too see if they may
be of help as the deaths mark one year since 'Carrol's' supposed death, it looks like related cult killings
or could it be copy-cat, the one survivor from the carriage 'Lily Gray'(Connie Nielsen) will remain at
risk from the cult.
Could it really be that 'Carrol' lives, have the sadistic cult risen from the ashes ?
'Mike Weston' still working with the F.B.I is very much involved in the investigation, can former agent
'Ryan' really ignore what's going on.
Is cult leader alive and pulling the stings and ordering the killings,former foot soldier 'Emma'(Valorie
Hill) is beginning to wonder what's going on hearing the News-Reports.
'Ryan's' niece NYPD cop 'Max Hardy' (Jessica Stroup) is fast becoming involved with her uncles private
need to get questions answered.
The first series was brilliant, this has started with the same intensity, 'James Purefoy' as cult-leader
'Joe Carrol' a master-stroke, perfect casting.
To be continued -
Because of recent events the nightmare 'Joe Carrol' brings to the table is playing on 'Ryan's' mind, he's
becoming restless at night, in his dreams he comes face to face with 'Carol'
In the backwoods a very much alive 'Carrol' is contemplating returning from the dead.
Meanwhile is romance between 'Ryan' and 'Lily' in he air ?
Will 'Joe Carrol' get back in contact with loyal 'Emma' who, besides being a trusted foot-soldier for him,
she'd also been infatuated by his charms.
'Ryan' feels he's involved, however he is ex- F.B.I. and is warned off by 'Agent Gena Mendez' (Valerie Cruz)
who leads the investigation.
With an unexpected twist it looks like 'Ryan's' dinner date is off.
With the death toll rising 'Joe' with new follower 'Mandy' (Tiffany Boone) in tow, is on his way to rejoin
his kind of civilization.
'Ryan's' speculation on whether or not 'Carrol' is alive will soon be surely answered.
In the New York area 'Carrol' has a new family of followers in waiting including the evil twins 'Mark' and
'Luke' and have now been joined by 'Emma'
'Ryan' with the help of his niece NYPD officer 'Max' are unofficially pursuing there own investigation, the
F.B.I team on the case are finding it difficult to keep up with them, of course given it's history 'Ryan' is
on a mission.
'Emma' obviously delighted to see 'Joe' alive feels he'd let her down, she'd had no idea that he was alive
when he disappeared, she'd been left very much alone, now 'Joe' finds he has to keep one or two of his largely
new following content.
'Ryan' and 'Max' try to get information from a cult member they'd been following....the tension and bloodshed
continues -
To be continued -
'Ryan' is responsible for the killing of two of 'Lily's' what she considers her family members,'Giselle' who
was close to 'Luke' being one of the dead, the twins want instant revenge.
'Ryan' needs the F.B.I to close in on the location he believes 'Carroll' to be, in the event only friend 'Mike'
shows up which leaves just 'Ryan' 'Max' and 'Mike' to go up against the cult.
'Mike' believes the cult have been able to stay one step ahead because they have a informant on tap within the
Department.
'Mike' and 'Max' are putting their careers at risk assisting 'Ryan' however to stop 'Joe Carroll' and his kind
they are prepared to risk all.
'Joe' along with 'Emma' and his charge 'Hannah' escape capture leaving the controlling 'Lily' and remaining
son 'Mark' to seek refuge at a very different cults headquarters, where 'Joe' will be considered a follower and
not a leader....surely the seeming demotion of status will not suit the murderous intentions of 'Joe Carrol' for
long.
'Ryan Hardy' meanwhile has a compulsive need to finish it.
'Lily' who believes she witnessed 'Luke's death at the hands of 'Mike' has a need to avenge her sons apparent
death and that of the other ''family'' members of the cult earlier holding 'Ryan Hardy' responsible.
She has enticed a doting friend known as 'The Huntsman' to capture and hold 'Ryan's' niece 'Max' - what lengths
will 'Lily' go to to achieve her revenge.
At the camp 'Carroll' try's to negotiate with the cult leader offering his sevices in return for protective refuge
from the F.B.I and indeed 'Ryan'
The plot thickens -
To be continued -
The cult and camp called 'Corban' had been formed by husband and wife, 'Micah'(Jake Webber) and 'Julia' what is
it they want from 'Joe Carroll' ??
'Joe' of course has a special talent - Killing, is this the mindless skill camp leader 'Micah' want from him.
Meanwhile rogue killer 'Lily' satisfy's some of her anger by killing 'Mike Weston's' father an act 'Mike' has had
to witness on screen.
The F.B.I need the knowledge and skills 'Ryan' has on the subject of 'Carroll' could it be that they want him back
on board.
The search for 'Joe' leads 'Ryan' to the man 'Joe' had mentioned in his book to be his mentor 'Strauss' will 'Ryan'
find the answers he's looking for, does 'Strauss' know where the killer is hiding.
Meanwhile back at the delusional cult camp 'Corban' it seems 'Joe' and 'Emma' are beginning to fit in just fine
'Lily Gray' is hitting the headlines with her killing spree, 'Joe' doesn't like the idea that she appears to be
stealing his headlines, however, he is making plans.
Mike, Ryan and Max may well have discovered the mole in the F.B.I
The plot deepens as the trail to 'Joe Carroll's wherabouts keeps closing.
A killing spree orchestrated by 'Joe Carroll' hits a book store where author 'Carrie Cooke'(Sprague Grayden) is doing
a book-signing.
'Joe Carroll' announces himself to the World..........'Ryan' feels helpless knowing many will surely die before he
gets close to 'Carroll'
(The episodes are simply flying by)
To Be Continued -
'Joe' now has control of 'Corban' but has he got the support of 'Micah' and 'Julia's' disciples.
Unknown to 'Ryan' colleague and friend 'Mike' has reluctantly kept a secret from 'Ryan' these last twelve months.
The F.B.I have 'Strauss' in custody, can he or will he point them in the right direction, or does he not know where
his former student 'Joe' is.
The F.B.I also have 'Carroll' copycat-killer 'Lily' still to find.
Of course 'Ryan's' obsession remains the same, he'll not rest until 'Carroll' is dead.
'Joe's' new disciples are about to wreak terror upon the streets of New York with his new following of completely
unknown killers.
However there are those at 'Corban' that do not share 'Joe's' vision and new direction for the cult, the want to leave,
but, will they really be allowed to do so.
'Mandy' who 'Joe' had brought with him from, the backwoods to New York also has doubts, will she prove to be his
achilles heel.
'Joe's' mission of intent continues through the hands of his disciples - 'No Redemption Without Blood'
'Ryan' has tried to move on from a year ago, he has begun a relationship with author 'Carrie' without being aware of
the secret 'Mike' has had to keep from him.
Meanwhile at the camp 'Joe' is still in effect brainwashing his new followers to do his bloody work.
There are still many doubters about the message 'Joe' preaches among his new followers.
On the streets of New York a new-wave of killings is taking place, but, who has ordered it, 'Ryan' has serious doubts as
no messages have been left upon the victims.
The local hospital becomes compromised receiving more patients than have actually been injured in the incident.
'Lily's' son 'Luke' recovering from the injuries 'Mike' had inflicted upon him is held there in a heavily guarded room,
he's sprung by 'Lily's' cult members.
'Ryan' knows he's still somewhere in the hospital as the F.B.I had quickly locked down the exits, can 'Luke' escape.
At 'Corban' 'Emma' questions 'Joe' on what plans he really has for their future safety.
'Joe Carroll's' weakness seems to be that he won't be upstaged, he needs to be the centre of attention....he demands
the headlines.
The surprise that was waiting for 'Ryan' is brought to him at her request by F.B.I agents, 'Claire Matthews'(Natalie Zea)
is alive.
Meanwhile 'Mandy' has jumped ship, could it be she's jumped out of the frying pan in to the fire, she has contacted
'Lily's' son 'Mark' for refuge.
Obviously 'Lily' and her sons will want to know where 'Joe' is.
Murderous competion appears to be building, could be, the 'ego' of the two cult leaders could lead to their downfall.
'Ryan' is trying to anticipate 'Joe's' next move by studying the message recorded for him by 'Joe'
Meanwhile 'Mandy' will not give up 'Joe's whereabouts despite undue pressure from 'Lily's' sons 'Luke' and 'Mark'
'Joe' is becoming upset by Reverent Tanners on screen attacks on 'Carroll's' cult teachings and decides to vent his
revenge on the religious broadcaster by abducting his son 'Preston'
The F.B.I are just a matter of seconds too late to stop the abduction, however 'Ryan' follows the cults van with
captive 'Preston' on board.
'Ryan' is on his own, what will he be able to do if by following the van he finds 'Joe Carrolls' hideout, without
any possible help 'Ryan' may well put himself into mortal danger.
To be Continued -
'Ryan' now in the cult's compound try's to figure out how to get close enough to 'Carroll' to take him out.
Meanwhile 'Claire' is trying to convince broadcaster and writer 'Carrie' that the knowledge she has of 'Joe's' habits
and weak-spots could help draw him out and possibly help 'Ryan's' survival chances.
However to get close 'Ryan' wears one of the cults masks to blend in and get even closer, meanwhile 'Carroll' attempts
to coerce preacher 'Kingston Tanners' son into performing a sacrifice by killing a follower which 'Ryan' will try to stop.
In the meantime 'Lily's' intent on revenge against 'Carroll' is 'Joe's' world closing in around him. ?
At 'Corban' one of 'Preston's' abductors admits to 'Joe' that it is possible that 'Ryan Hardy' had indeed followed them
to the Camp.
'Emma' again pleads with 'Joe' to leave and find a safe haven with her as the F.B.I could storm the gates to the estate
at any time, the location was no longer a mystery.
'Joe' instructs his foot-soldiers to check out the possibility that 'Ryan' could be within the grounds.
At this point in time 'Mike' and an F.B.I team tr to close in on 'Lily's location..........
Things are bubbling up quite nicely as 'Ryan' becomes a prisoner and is seemingly at the mercy of 'Joe Carroll's' will.
It seems that war between 'Joe's' cult and that of 'Lily's' could be about to break-out as her killers storm Corban.
The F.B.I are also closing in following the lead 'Lily' has inadvertently given them, not forgetting the rival cult had
killed 'Mike Weston's father earlier, will he administer revenge ?
'Joe' along with 'Emma' and a few loyal followers have left the exposed compound.
'Joe' believes that his time may well be up. and plans a spectacular finally planning to use 'Preston Tanner' to capture
the boys father 'Kingston' who had repeatedly spoken out against him.
Much of 'Carroll's' objectives seem a little self-serving, a fact that the loyal 'Emma' was learning fast.
'Carroll' along with a handful of followers have with prisoners 'Kingston and Preston Tanner' in tow taken a Church with
many worshipers now hostage, is this to be 'Joe Carroll's' final moments.
The F.B.I are at the doors, 'Ryan' and 'Mike' in tow....
Meanwhile, also hell-bent on revenge twins 'Luke' and 'Mark'........how long will it be before they join the party.
'Claire' could throw a spanner in the works as she fully intends to be involved in her ex-husband 'Joe's' downfall.
The tension at the Church builds as 'Joe' continues his reign of terror, 'Lily's' vengeful twins are not so very far
from the action.
'Carroll' is making demands upon 'Ryan' who had entered the church with 'Mike' he has a gun pointed at the captured
'Mike's' head, whist on the phone 'Luke' and 'Mark' are also making demands as they have taken 'Clair' after her
encounter with 'Emma'
The Church has been wired up, a trigger could kill all within....however the threat on 'Claire's' life leads 'Ryan'
to try and broker a deal with 'Joe'.......How will that turn out ?
With all the twists and turns on-board the series as with the first has an exciting finally, however again it will leave
so many loose ends to resolve........
This has been, as was the first. an exciting and compelling series, and should not be missed.
SET-UP NICELY FOR A THIRD SEASON
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Season one introduced the stock characters Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy); Hardy the dogged ex-FBI .JC. expert, Carroll the urbane, charismatic serial killer cult leader. The first season seemed a little one dimensional and contrived despite excellent casting and production but it did fall a little flat.

Season two, however, is a completely different animal. JC, unbeknownst to Hardy, has inevitably survived the cataclysmic explosion and is biding his time in some backwoods hovel shacked-up with a lady of negotiable virtue and her daughter. There are, equally inevitably, some new kids on the block to keep Hardy occupied perpetrating bizarre, staged murders. Enter the magnificently bonkers, but strangely likeable, twins Mark and Luke (no doubt Matthew and John will be along later). Going further into the lineage and motivations of these two would be giving too much away, but suffice to say they add a much needed parallel storyline into the narrative. There are plot-twists aplenty, a new religious cult, the fanatically loyal Emma is back, there’s more well reasoned JC lunacy and, of course, lots of messy deaths and some splendid one liners ([daughter]“Mom, it’s not what it looks like.” [JC] “ Yes, Martha, it’s exactly what it looks like.”) The pace never slackens and it is far too easy to gobble up the whole season in a couple of night’s binge-watch.

If you are a bit dubious about the second season after having watched the first then worry not. Season two is far superior; better performances, better writing, better everything. Splendid stuff!
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
If you recall adverts for products such as the VW Golf that claim that the new version tops the older model, then this could be said of Season 2 of The Following in my opinion.
Serial killer Joe Carroll is still alive and kicking and is motivating groups of would-be killers to perform acts of outrage often with the aim of taking revenge against Ryan Hardy for originally capturing him and 'stealing' his ex-wife.
James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon continue their central roles respectively and are again the backbone of the 2nd season;as previously whatever faults there were in season 1 were overshadowed by their commanding performances,and this season gives them more depth as the story progresses.
Connie Nielsen (of Gladiator (2000) - Two Disc Set [DVD] fame)is the new love interest in Bacons life as he tries to settle into his new life away from the FBI,but never far away are the machinations of Purefoy's serial killer and his following.
It's more of the same,with some of the solid characters of the previous season giving equally pertinent support.
If you found season 1 bland and silly don't bother;some people did.There is more of the same here,with 'followers' comming out of the woodwork when you least expect it which to me added to the plot.
In conclusion I think this is an excellent follow up and adds to the 1st season if you are desperate for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2015
The first series was excellent, the second is every bit as good.
The twists and turns in the plot, the horror and violence leaves you gasping.
If your watching series two you must have watched series one so nothing will be a surprise in the horror front.
Absolutely compelling watching.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2015
After the amazingly original and gripping first series of The Following, I had a lot of high expectations for the eagerly-awaited second series, such was the addiction of the original series.
The first series of The Following had great plots, great twists and fantastic performances from the cast, as well as great scripts and directing.
However, whilst I would give Series 1 of The Following 10/10 all day long, I must confess that the follow-up was very poor in comparison.
I got the impression such was the success of the original series, the producers rushed the writing of the second series. Poor storyline, weak sub-plots, unbelievable characters and scenarios and Kevin Bacon mumbling through many of his scenes, I was thankful for sub-titles. The first series had the ‘wow factor’ of who was a ‘Joe Follower’, but this series, you could spot them very easy.
The usually-dependable Kevin Bacon appeared bored throughout. James Purefoy was charismatic and evil personified in series 1 is a huge let-down, playing Joe ala Jack Nicholsons’ Joker in Tim Burtons 1989s’ Batman. He hams it up, and plays Joe strictly tongue-in-cheek. Only Shawn Ashmore (Mike) and Valorie Curry (Emma) retain their roles and characters from the first series, playing them exactly as before, with Emma still menacingly sinister and evil.
The twins were unbelievable, almost comical. Lily Grey was so-so, Max was strictly eye-candy, the sub-plot of the cult that Joe takes over was ridiculous, and too many new characters introduced that ultimately went no-where. Too many gadgets, gizmos and technology that would grace the latest James Bond film put me off as well.
VERY disappointing that the gothic writings of Edgar Allen Poe, such an important plot from series 1, were ignored, and only briefly mentioned very late in this series.
I rated series 1 a 10/10, I’m very sorry, but series 2 gets a 5/10, and I’m being generous. A HUGE let down, or in the language of Twitter, ‘an epic fail’
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on 20 February 2015
i really enjoyed season 1; it took me two or three episodes to crack season 2 as some of the new characters and apparent gaps in the storyline were difficult to follow at first (for me at least). However, by episode 3 it all clicked back into place. This show is high on twist factor, if you can imagine a twist within a twist within a twist, you'd be nearly there...! That being the case the twists do at times push the boundaries of believable, but I think there's a tongue in cheek aspect to the storyline that makes it work. All in all good fun, if you can persevere through the confusion of the first couple of episodes...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A dark tale, but if you were hooked by season 1 you need this too! This season shifts the goal posts slightly but delivers the goods again thanks to great acting from Mr Bacon. Good TV
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on 24 March 2015
I have no real reason to feel I should encourage you to watch this next series, other than that - YOU NEED TO.
The script is still brilliantly gripping; with hidden twists and psychotic truths. The new cast are eagerly accepted from the start and the 'action' unfolds immediately for the viewing to become hooked! I have to pay special attention to credit the uncomfortable acting performances given to the characters of 'The Twins'. Just start watching this now please...
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on 17 June 2015
This is a brilliant series! We watched the first season on Prime and felt that it was well worth the money to buy season 2. Kevin Bacon is excellent as Ryan Hardy... a bit like Jack Bauer in 24 - in fact I feel that The Following is like 24 without the clock. Chilling at times, unpredictable and there's lots of "I didn't see that coming" moments that take you by surprise. A 'must see' for all action thriller addicts.
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on 3 February 2015
Was gripped with the first season so my husband and were pleased when season 2 became available, the only problem is that we are addicted and can't stop at one episode a day. Our son suggested we might like to see this he has watched both. Kevin bacon is brill. A must see.
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