The Following Review: All Part of the Plan

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The Following is one intense ride.

Where the pilot set a graphic and dark tone filled with complex characters, "Chapter Two" dug deeper into the twisted world of Joe Carroll and his deranged contingent of acolytes.

Joe vs. Claire

James Purefoy continues to establish his sadistic and smart character well, combining charm, intellect and a persona hell bent on making Ryan take part in his epic masterpiece.

It's crazy to think that most of Joe's scenes include him sitting down, yet his powerful presence is felt with each smile and focused stare. And it's not hard to imagine him as leader of a cult of killers, either.

Joe has clearly induced a sense of god-like mastery for his followers, sweeping up characters like Emma who yearn for that encouragement, that guidance and a feeling of a purpose they can be a part of.

But it's obvious that Joe does, indeed, use some like Jordy as his pawns to simply move forward his master plan. What is it? I have no clue at the moment.

And it does make me a little worried, not really knowing what type of end game there is beyond Joe playing games with Ryan. But at the same time the show proves to be gripping enough that I'm hooked to simply follow the lead.

While Joe's plot of the Poe-focused crimes is intriguing, this episode also began to delve into the surrounding players, making them more than just simple, supporting characters. Honestly, I think this is where the show can shine.

Kevin Bacon is Kevin Bacon, and it's fun to watch him at work. He's perfect as Ryan Hardy and expertly plays off the others, especially with Joe. He's a damaged individual for sure, but hunting Joe has been his life's work, so getting back in the game will be good for him, even if the results around him are bad.

Interestingly enough, Agent Mason has been replaced with a cult expert in Agent Debra Parker. Why the switch?

Not entirely sure, but Parker feels like she fits in seamlessly and the change isn't a jarring one. If anything, Parker has a commanding know-it all attitude that works in allowing Ryan to not be the only smart one on the job.

Of course, Joe is that tip of the iceberg, but Emma, Jacob and Paul are all an interesting facet of the cult.

It's pretty obvious each has a dedication to Joe and his murderous work, but I've got a feeling that their own love triangle is going to create problems that will deviate from the plan. Paul may or may not be gay, but whatever is causing his jealousy towards Emma and Jacob will be an interesting turn when he acts out.

They are all working for a killer, after all, so I wouldn't be surprised if one of them ends up dead.

Once again, the scares were present through, from Jordy brutally killing the girls... to the jump scare of the masked Poe on Ryan (I did jump)... to Jordy dropping from the ceiling to get at Claire.

There's a lot of pieces at work and the relationships between each character is only just heating up. I'm excited to see how it all grows in addition to trying to stop Joe's widespread cult. It's kind of crazy to think that really, anyone can be a part of it.

Thrills, chills and a scary mystery with a great bad guy and super star Kevin Bacon? This is the Fox show you should be following.


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Agent Parker? Villain or hero? i'm not sure about her, and i think Ryan feels the same way..


Perhaps not as good as the pilot, but still packed some kick! I'm really intrigued with the relationship between Ryan Hardy and Joe. What's the game being played out? Also very curious about the basis for this whole cult - I guess I need to get my Poe books out again! Agent Parker is a hard nut to crack so far. At the start of the episode, I was glad to see the FBI had sent in a smart, tough agent that would partner well with Hardy, but that small smirk after giving Joe the book? Don't know - could she be attempting to create a bond with him in order to break into his cult for the purpose of destroying it - or is she a believer? Time, I guess, will tell!


It looked like after Parker gave him the book at the end, she also gave him a quick wink, she(Parker)has drank Joe's kool-aid, in my mind.


Agent Parker sends many warning signals my direction. I just dont think I will trust her for awhile!


I would be very surprised if the kid is not Joe's; isn't his name Joey? I guess its possible, but I doubt that Claire would name her newborn son after her murderer ex-husband. Does anybody know the timeline on this show. What year the murders started, when was Joe arrested, when was the trial, how old is Joey? I know they talked about the trial and gave a year last night.

Sarah silva

I knew from pilot that the boy is Ryan's, it has not been revealed yet but I am 99% sure that it is not Joe's.
I think there is something off about Parker. She seems a little sketchy, I would not be surprised if they later reveal that she is part of Joe's cult.

Sarah silva

This show is super good!
I think that for some reason the network did not like the girl who played Agent Mason and instead of spending the money to reshoot the pilot they just replaced her. I did like Mason and she is in promo photos or at least she was.
This will be a dark and twisted show that will keep you guessing and I like that! Yes there may be violence but not more than other shows!


Man James Purefoy is bringing it!!Easily the best villian on t.v right now. Im falling for him and his characters a psychotic killer!So I can totally see how Debra's intrigue and curiosity has her stepping towards that line as well. Im mystified as to if she will cross it....


The scene where Agent Parker brings the book to Purefoy at the end of the episode makes me wonder about her...


@Sue Ann: Chances are that she miscarried, but her husband wouldn't know seeing as he was in jail and she never visited. He probably thought she had the baby, but kept it from him and eventually she slept with Ryan and got pregnant. He probably does know, but they both decided to keep it a secret for the child's sake and his career at the time. Also, I think it's obvious that it is his child by the resemblance.

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The Following Season 1 Episode 2 Quotes

Joey: Why is my dad such a bad man?
Emma: Maybe, he's not so bad. Maybe we just don't understand him.

Joe: Was he good? The sex? Did your body quiver to his every touch?
Claire: Yes. It did.