Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The Following (Season 1)

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Today I wanted to write a post about my favourite new show of the 2012/13 season, The Following.

The series stars Kevin Bacon as ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy who retired after ending up with a pacemaker whilst helping to bring down a serial killer who murdered several young women. That killer was a man named Joe Carrol, played by British actor James Purefoy, a teacher and writer who has an unhealthy obsession with the works of Edgar Allan Poe. The premise of the series revolves around Carrol’s new master plan involving a loyal a cult of serial killers willing to do just about anything he asks of them. Carrol is turning this real-life horror story into a novel with ex-wife Claire (Natalie Zea), Ryan, and of course himself playing the main characters.

Aside from the aforementioned trio the show is full of other complex characters, none of which it seems can be trusted as we learn that Carrol’s people are hidden just about everywhere. Carrol’s followers come from all walks of life with a variety of motives and we get to see glimpses of how they came to join the cult via short flashback sequences scattered throughout the series. Well-known actors Bacon and Purefoy are joined by a whole host of new faces as well as a few recognisable ones. Shawn Ashmore and Annie Parisse star as FBI agents Weston and Parker who are sort-of sidekicks to Ryan, whilst Valorie Curry portrays Emma a dedicated follower of Carrol. 

Right from the first episode this series is gripping and intense with each episode full of twists and turns and a suspense that’s guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat. Throughout the series the tension, twists and crazy characters remain a constant with surprises around every corner, all leading up to the big season finale which definitely ended with a bang. 

Overall The Following is a refreshing and exciting series – here’s hoping season two will be equally as engaging and shocking with a whole host of new complex characters thrown into the mix. Season one will be available to own on DVD later in the year (December 2nd) so, if you’re looking for something new to watch I would highly recommend picking it up… but be prepared to become addicted!

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