The Following

Mondays 9:00 PM on FOX
The following
TV Fanatic Works Better with Prime Instant Video
40,000 other titles are available to watch now.

The Following Review: A House Divided

by at . Comments

If Joe Carroll had a Twitter account he would probably have the most followers. Because, after "The Fall," it seems like they are simply everywhere.

Who isn't on Team Crazy Killer?!?

Out, Alive

Ryan Hardy crashed Emma, Paul and Jacob's kidnapping party, turning a situation the trio used to have under control into a tense police standoff that ultimately led to the breaking of their little fellowship.

Even as a hostage, Ryan still managed to have the upper hand, cleverly getting under his enemies' skin and pissing them off while they scrambled around trying to figure out what to do.

It was enjoyable seeing Kevin Bacon take the usually dark and frowny-faced Ryan and deliver some quips with a smirk, mocking the relationships of the trio, and even questioning their abilities to make decisions on their own. He was on fire and it was great seeing the group squirm.

But who the heck is Roderick?

This mysterious "name," supposedly taken from Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" (although, my money's on "Diary of Wimpy Kid") has enough power to call the shots and send in more followers to save the trio.

And yet the trio was broken, leaving Paul shot, Emma gone with Joey and Jacob confused and still not having killed anyone. Might this be the first crack in Joe's plan? Would Jacob and Paul stick with the following's work or will they be out to take revenge on Emma who abandoned them?

And did Emma really love Jacob at all or was she simply into manipulating the guys in her quest to fulfill her concept of power and choice?

It was interesting. Agent Parker tried to find a way to connect with Emma, as flashbacks - including a flashback within a flashback - revealed Debra's own part in a cult.

It was creepy watching her as a young child be offered up to the cult leader by her parents and I'm not surprised she left. Perhaps that's what makes her such an expert on cults and hunting down Joe.

But that last shot of her pulling out the necklace that contained the symbol for her original cult? Did that mean that maybe she's still more connected than we - or even she - wants to believe? Or simply recognition that her past has never left her?

I'm still a bit wary of her as the so-called good guy, although it was a rather revealing backstory for her character.

The only part that seemed more ridiculous and took away from the tension in the standoff was Claire in the secret lair of Charlie the admirer. I know she was desperate to do anything to see her kid, but did she really think that she would get to see him? And was she really that surprised that someone had been following her?

On top of that, Charlie seemed like a complete crazy person, slamming his head and feeling impure because of kissing her. Where does Joe find these people?

And as much as Joe is a chilling villain, I want to see him do more than sit down in prison and tell whoever is listening that the next chapter in the story is about to begin. I know he's the leader and his followers carry out the commands, but I'd love to see him in action at some point.

After all, it looks like Ryan's doing a lot of the killing and running around out of the two major characters. I'm sure Ryan would love a break to give his heart a rest, but when you're hunting sociopaths, there's never any time for that.

I'm still interested in Joe's big plan and the episodes continue to be heavy on the suspense and drama. Plus, with more and more followers coming out of the wood works, I'm definitely curious as to what's next for The Following.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
  • 4.4 / 5.0
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
User Rating:

Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (155 Votes)

Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

Tags: ,
Avatar

3) Then the most obvious and STUPID plot line of all is that these people are surrounded by lots of law enforcement people. SUPPOSEDLY, EVERY ROAD HAS A ROAD BLOCK... How does Emma Escape that? Why isn't Ryan on the phone (which we saw him use just few moments ago) telling every at that moment she's in a _____ car heading _____ ? Shows with "The Fugitive" or "Gilligan's Island" thematic (we almost caught him / got off the island) thematic writing bore me senseless because of the liberties with common sense that are necessary to make that happen.

Avatar

2) Near the end of the show, when Ryan is giving chase and there is the car with the phony police officer, Emma and the kid Ryan comes in and shoots the police officer but PREDICTABLY for the sake of Drama, Emma gets away and he doesn't even shoot a tire. What would have happened in real life with trained 'experts' is that Ryan would have been a little stealthier. Allowing him to get a wee bit closer to the car. Then, if the phony cop pulled a gun he would have popped her and immediately popped Emma. Pop-Pop ... Pop-Pop, Aiming high, shooting at anyone higher than 4 feet. The fact that he couldn't shoot out a tire or disable the car is looney.

Avatar

What I had a problem with was and these are just two of many issues w/this episode are: 1) Are you telling me that Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Hawaii 5.0) is the only guy to have a Law Enforcement Group with access to Infrared technology, night vision goggles etc.? The Local Police, Swat, FBI and whatever other Alphabet Soup group is there can't find anything better than a flashlight? They're hunting really dangerous people in the woods at night and they've got bupkis! (Also not in this episode) The fact that in the previous episode when Marshall Turner let Claire out of his actual 'sight', even to go to the bathroom, was a huge mistake.

Avatar

(didn't fit on one post)
After being recaptured he would have been (seriously) severely beaten by the corrections officers. The official story would have been a) he attacked another guard or b) he fell or c) he was injured operating some machine (less likely because of his circumstances) and would then be locked in his cell with virtually nothing and w/virtually no outside contact to finish serving his sentence or fast tracked to the execution table. Most federal and state prisons do not give inmates access to the Internet at least unsupervised or unmonitored access. So the plausibility of him 'building' a network is kind of remote.

Avatar

Wow, I was really starting to like this show until the most recent episode. I really hate it when writers put stupid, predictable scenarios into a script for dramatic purposes or even worse write / create shows that are supposed to be realistic and make them fantasies. The premise of the show has some merit but the execution of it is HORRIBLE. Anyone that knows about real Prisons would tell you that this is La La land. Our main character is an escapee! He was serving a Life sentence for multiple murders. I'm not sure if he was on death row or not. I can't remember that detail. After being recaptured he would have been (seriously) severely beaten by the corrections officers. The official story would have been a) he attacked another guard or b) he fell or c) he was injured operating some machine (less likely because of his circumstances) and would then be locked in his cell with virtually nothing and w/virtually no outside contact to finish serving his sentence or fast tracked to the execution table. Most federal and state prisons do not give inmates access to the Internet at least unsupervised or unmonitored access. So the plausibility of him 'building' a network is kind of remote. What I had a problem with was and these are just two of many issues w/this episode are: 1) Are you telling me that Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett (Hawaii 5.0) is the only guy to have a Law Enforcement Group with access to Infrared technology, night vision goggles etc.? The Local Police, Swat, FBI and whatever other Alphabet Soup group is there can't find anything better than a flashlight? They're hunting really dangerous people in the woods at night and they've got bupkis! (Also not in this episode) The fact that in the previous episode when Marshall Turner let Claire out of his actual 'sight', even to go to the bathroom, was a huge mistake. 2) Near the end of the show, when Ryan is giving chase and there is the car with the phony police officer, Emma and the kid Ryan comes in and shoots the police officer but PREDICTABLY for the sake of Drama, Emma gets away and he doesn't even shoot a tire. What would have happened in real life with trained 'experts' is that Ryan would have been a little stealthier. Allowing him to get a wee bit closer to the car. Then, if the phony cop pulled a gun he would have popped her and immediately popped Emma. Pop-Pop ... Pop-Pop, Aiming high, shooting at anyone higher than 4 feet. The fact that he couldn't shoot out a tire or disable the car is looney. 3) Then the most obvious and STUPID plot line of all is that these people are surrounded by lots of law enforcement people. SUPPOSEDLY, EVERY ROAD HAS A ROAD BLOCK... How does Emma Escape that? Why isn't Ryan on the phone (which we saw him use just few moments ago) telling every at that moment she's in a _____ car heading _____ ? Shows with "The Fugitive" or "Gilligan's Island" thematic (we almost caught him / got off the island) thematic writing bore me senseless because of the liberties with common sense that are necessary to make that happen.

Avatar

Didn't finish my comment about him running across fields and through the woods without breathing hard and then when he confronts the deputy and the girl and boy, he shoots the deputy and then bends over, out of breath and apparently his heart was giving him trouble. Come on now! The guy is supposed to have a bad heart and he runs and runs and runs on two episodes now and only at the critical moment his heart stops him from taking action?

Avatar

Last night's episode was it for me. I can stand only so much stupidity coming from the writers, producers, and actors on a television series. As mentioned, not shooting out the tires - totally and undeniable stupid. Running across open country at full speed and when he confronts the deputy who everyone with an I.Q. above 25 knew already was a member of the cult and shoots her but doesn't at least TRY to shoot the tires is the work of totally inept and incompetent "writers" trying to maintain a story line that is already wearing thin. Don't intend to waste another hour of my time on this series. The only suspense left is just how stupid the next episode will be and how incompetent the FBI, local police, SWAT teams, and every other law enforcement agency can be portrayed.

Avatar

This was by far the funniest episode of The Following. The way Hardy worked Emma, Paul and Jacob was absolutely hilarious! I'm dying for Jacob's back-story- in an interview Nico Tortorella teased that Jacob's past is very much driving his present actions. I knew from last episode that the cop was in on it, so not much of a surprise there but very glad Weston was wearing a vest. I cannot get enough of this show, Mondays are soon turning into my favorite day of the week.

Avatar

@Dan: My thoughts exactly.
I love most of the episode. Hated the Claire part. I think Charlie will be the first one to break out from Joe's hand. I'd prefer that one of the trio died (Emma please!), but seeing they had a breakup was nice.
I hated the way Joe delivered his lines. Also, if the lawyer is smart, she should just fly away and never return, Joe doesn't get any followers here in let's say, Asia?
And congratulations Megan, for safely tucked in the hands of paramedic. Small detail but I love this payoff.
4.5/5

Avatar

Paul was stabbed by Hardy, not shot.

× Close Ad