The Following Review: Date Night

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Okay, seriously, what is Joe Carroll's big plan?

It's something I've been waiting to see revealed or at least hinted at beyond the fact that there is some larger motive involved.

Certainly in "Whips and Regret" Roderick was eager to begin, but Joe kept telling him (and it feels like everyone watching the show) to be patient. It will all happen soon.

Yet, I do wonder if Joe has really been more interested in bringing his family together rather than this gigantic scheme that extended multiple followers and a number of years.

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His obsession with loving Claire is almost as ridiculous as is her decision to keep running into the cult's open arms. I don't know how he thinks he can condition Claire to feel for him, despite showing some good faith and letting her see Joey.

At the same time, I don't know how Claire actually thought she was going to get her way when she showed up. Hasn't she learned anything? Candlelight dinner and fancy outfits are not going to make everything have a happy ending. Joe is still a killer.

But I'm not so sure if he's as gung ho about the big plan.

I did love the way Roderick tried standing up to Joe and pushing him towards getting things started. Roderick has become a fascinating character. Behind those wide grins is a dark and cold person clawing his way out with violence.

That one scene where he pulled a gun on Vince before attacking a random follower was a bit of a shocker. There's obviously something not right about Roderick, but each move he makes has me itching to know more.

Unfortunately, I feel as if Jacob has made far too much of a drastic turn into evil that makes him less intriguing than his conflicted self. It's as if one moment he's a worried and shaken up guy and then - boom!- he's confident, chilling and in charge.

I'm curious as to how Emma and Jacob's relationship will play out, but I really liked seeing Jacob struggle a bit more.

Meanwhile, Ryan is still struggling to keep up with Joe, although he did discover a massive training ground for followers that included weapons used for some possible attack. Something big must be happening.

Of course, the hunt for clues was through a sex dungeon of kinky fetishes before concluding in a creepy abandoned building. I guess it's unfortunate that bad guys aren't interested in running parts of their operation in Disney World. It'd be a lot easier to see things, that's for sure.

Which really further brings up the notion of something being cliche, especially in this particular genre and story.

Just because Joe decides to imply that something is cliche, almost tongue in cheek, doesn't eliminate it from being cliche. The evil dinner date, the alcoholic hero filled with conflict and doubt, the dark lairs, the crazy cult... none of it feels original in the grand scheme of things.

Sure, I love Ryan Hardy taking out bad guys left and right, as much as I find the suspense and scary aspects of the dark scenes entertaining. Yet, I'm still waiting to see that extra thing that puts the show onto a whole new level.

And, really, until we do get that reveal of the true motive for the massive cult, it's going to be more of the same, including Ryan and the FBI following clues that lead them to random followers, Joe taunting Ryan from a phone and the scary chase that pits good versus evil in the shadows.

It's something The Following does well, but I'm looking forward to seeing more. Am I perhaps as impatient as Roderick? Maybe, but I want to see this story really open it's pages and dive further in.

That said, I am curious as to if Molly will get the chance to kill Ryan and why she gets to be the one to do it. Would Joe really let her?


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


Fox has already renewed The Following for another 15 episodes next year... And is it really falling much???? I watch every week at least on DVR ( my old Dallas habit dies hard)..


Poke in the eye with a sharp stick or watch "The Following". Unfortunately, I went against conventional wisdom last night and watched "The Following" or perhaps it should be re-titled to "The Insulting". So far, Ryan has made no headway into finding the cult leader, Joe. Claire is dumber than the proverbial "sack of rocks" by allowing herself to return to Joe's world in expectations that she will somehow convince him to allow her to take their son back to the "real" world. Totally ridiculous. It really is time for the plug to be pulled before the viewership, which is already dropping like a lead weight to fall into the "cancellation" category. When Ryan doesn't follow the agreement with the S&M lady when she used the code word "red" and allows her to be taken to an old army ammunition bunker and the unfortunate result is that two FBI guys are killed in the process, how can viewers ever have any sympathy for his character? Or is this the new normal for flawed characters? Writers, move on or move out. Time for a different direction.


hi following followers
i must report that alas i've given up on this program. i didn't watch last night's episode. i don't care about any of the characters. kevin bacon and annie parisi are excellent actors and i find their talent is wasted on this show. annie was great in person of interest (my favorite program)and kevin is a fine film actor. that being said, i give up on 'The Following'. just my humble opinion.


5. If Joe is really an evil genius with deep insight into human psychology, he can't believe that Claire will ever love him again. He can believe, however, that he can torture her into pretending that she does. And, being a sadist, he can have a lot of fun. And there's always the Stockholm Syndrome ... On the other hand, Joe seems to believe quite a few things that make no sense, like that Poe's stories are a guide to living a happy life. 6. More and more, the Killin' Hilton seems like a vampire nest. What kind of "surprise" would a vampire nest be planning to spring on the world? Maybe they're thinking about descending on a small town and draining (killing) every single resident? 7. Alternatively, maybe they're founding the Serial Killer Liberation Movement, and the reason they're preparing for an assault is that they're going to rescue minor Ted Bundy's from assorted Death Rows. I really hope the plan is nothing more mundane than that.


1. No, Molly does not get to kill Ryan. She's not going to last out the season, and Ryan's going to be around for quite a while. 2. I'm confused about when her affair with Ryan took place. It appears to be between Joe's capture and Ryan's affair with Claire ... but I got the impression they got together as soon as Joe was convicted. 3. Re. Roderick: I was disappointed to see him lose it (cliche), especially over a (cliche) bad childhood. Psychopaths aren't (necessarily) crazy; they have a personality disorder. 4. Re. Jacob: I partly agree. I think he became an instant hardcore meanie because that's the best way to make him a foil for Emma and a hostile keeper for Claire. With Emma pleading for Jacob to believe her and be nice to her -- more because she wants to have power over SOMEBODY than because she has any real feelings for Jacob -- she's even less sympathetic than she would be otherwise.

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