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 ›
This series redefines the term 'suspense thriller'. This is the new 'Hitchcock' for the 21st Century!
There is a half-hearted attempt to match murders with Poe's ideas, though anybody hoping Kevin Bacon's trademark anguished scowl would be tested at this stage by a gigantic sharpened pendulum, or by walls slowly closing in to crush him, will be disappointed.
In fact this derivative saga, frequently punctuated with violence to gee things up, instead takes a lot of its references from mostly superior works of cinema, from The Master through Hannibal to the various Manson narratives, along with countless tropes from slasher movies, even shamelessly dropping Fight Club into its borrowings. This sounds like fun, but as the scriptwriters go to the well once too often they begin to bulk things out with an increasingly tiresome soap opera subplot based on the lives of everyday psychopathic folk, before the series ultimately hits the buffers with an ending that's just plain bad.
And there are how many seasons of this? Enough already.
This is a shame because it had potential but slipped into the type of contrived horror that one can see in any run of the mill film that has a cover picture with blood dripping down it.
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.
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Fantastic i was hooked couldnt stop watching to the point i got the other seasonsPublished 1 month ago by Lisa Tunner
It is a really good series any who have watched series one needs to wacthing all threePublished 1 month ago by rayman 402