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The Following - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 21 March 2017
There's something oddly compelling about watching the first series of The Following, even though at times it's truly disgusting (lots of sound effects of knives squelching into bodies, lots of foul things done to those bodies before or after death) there's always a sense that our heroes are going to be fine - that you know there are more episodes to come so they must make it out again to fight another day.

I've seen reviews suggesting that it's all just a way to make Kevin Bacon run around in the dark shooting people and I have to admit that they make a solid point. But squelching and bleeding aside, the concept is compelling - the idea that a man locked up as a serial killer could set up a 'following' of acolytes ready to kill (others or themselves) at a moment's notice, is chilling and even though it seems ridiculous written down like that, I'm willing to suspend disbelief in the name of entertainment.

Kevin Bacon is oddly excellent. Never a particularly good looking guy in his youth, he seems to have grown into his face as he's aged and is the more interesting for not being too pretty.

The FBI investigations are a mix of the "Oh wow, I had no idea they could do that" and the "How dumb do you have to be to not spot that" but that's also more interesting. I'm sure Joe Carroll could have been killed off a dozen times but then there's be no excuse for series 2 or 3.
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on 29 July 2017
James purefoy was the best of the best , cool ,nice but total gentleman in a nasty way , reminds me of his performance as Mark Anthony in ROME
sense of dark humour with a twist.
Would watch every month if had the time ,pick up something diff each time watched.
A classic or it will be
Not for the faint of heart!
Must say bacons part was also out of his normal sphere also fantastic.
Season 2 is even better!!!
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on 18 July 2017
Series 2 review: I like kevin bacon so keep watching in the hope the writing will get better, but episode one he finds an important bloke's flat, breaks in, amateurishly interrogates him, lets him escape and then doesnt tell anyone. If the fbi had sat on the flat they'd have caught him, and the weird girl from series 1 at least. Same as series 1 it seems the main character is as much to blame for the continuance of the killing as the ham fisted sloppy killers are who are only out matched in their sloppiness by kevin b's character, mis-ably helped by an fbi so incapable of protecting obvious targets and investigating obvious suspects they should be locked up themselves. Shame it could be so much better and has a few class actors in it but the writing is crap. Watch Bosch for a decent crime drama, this is something to have on for a few episodes whilst doing something else and then skip to the final episode to see the probably ridiculously predictable boss fight at the end.
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on 6 October 2017
Take many many other drunken down on his luck cop / federal agent vs evil tyrannical world hater with usual mental disorders and mix.
This is what spews out.
Glaringly obvious plot dragged out over an inordinate length of time.
Storyline poorly written, featuring weak characters littered throughout.
Of course we have to have a Fred Carnos FBI grossly inept at everything they do.
Two main characters Ryan [Bacon] and Carroll [Purefoy] as opposed hero / anti hero following a mundane cat and mouse [Elephant & rhino]
prescribed winning box set formula loosely based on a Charles Mansonesque cult.
Ryan is called back to the FBI after catching serial killer Carroll, who has easily escaped from a maximum secure prison by not being recognised by a single prison guard of whom the only 5 were on duty and were in the same room control room. He's strolled in unchallenged [we presume as you dont see this] killed them all then wandered out of the Prison in a guards uniform. Totally convincing !!!
Ryan of course has written a nasty book about the original capture of Carroll which was a literary masterpiece and said Psycho also wrote a book but his was a flop and as such he is going to wreak his revenge
Ryan of course is despised by colleagues upon his return. He is put in his place in no uncertain terms by the boss who 'didn't want him back' when called to return.
The predictive chase is on.
Ryan captures Carroll. Carroll does the same thing again, escaping and killing those that the FBI [in vast numbers] were [clearly useless at] guarding . Ryan finds Carroll several times but Carroll escapes several times etc etc....
Cue lots of cuts to the past of a character to plot build. Many times ..... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Cue inordinate amount of gratuitous gore juxtaposed to extreme overtly hiding of the slightest hint of a flash of a nipple during character love scenes.....????????????????????
The rest is so obvious you don't have to watch it to know how it ends.
The actors do their best and are pretty good, mostly.
They are massively let down by awful writing, ill conceived plot and dreadful attention to details on just about every front.
Shame it could have been so so so much better.
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on 9 May 2017
Ridiculous but weirdly addictive. The serious is full of scrap, but my husband and I carried on watching it while hitting our heads to the walls.
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on 28 September 2017
The premise is fine but unfortunately poorly executed. Like many US television series the characters are lightweight caricatures. Kevin Bacon is - yes, Kevin Bacon. James Purefoy is badly miscast as an uncharismatic leader of a cult. The plot simply goes from bad to worse even if you suspend your initial disbelief. Let us hope there is no second season !
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on 11 June 2017
Loved this series. Lovely and ghoulish but tongue in cheek so not too scarey
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on 15 April 2017
Enjoyed the series very much. Bit scary at times so not suitable for young children
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on 25 April 2017
Disks played well. Story a bit predictable.
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on 20 August 2017
watchable but how could the good guys be so stupid so many times????
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