The Following Review: All In The Family

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Things are moving at a much quicker pace on The Following Season 2, something that is a vast improvement from the often plodding path of The Following Season 1.

There's a sense of much greater urgency, from Ryan rushing about the city as he follows the clues... to Lily bringing her killer family together... to Joe returning from the grave. It makes it far easier to get sucked into the action and excitedly wonder what will happen, rather than guessing what meaningless side quest will take place next time.

And The Following Season 2 Episode 4 definitely left you wanting more by the end of the hour.

A Run In

While Ryan will always be that brooding, self-loathing anti-hero obsessed with Joe Carroll, it was great to see him add in some humor and no holds barred passion for the case.

His antics are a real problem for the bumbling FBI (poor Mike has to be a part of the team pretty much one step behind), and it was fun seeing Ryan call out the guys tailing him or joking about his new phones. Even when interrogated, he had clever responses, even if he thinks he'll probably wind up dead.

At the same time, Ryan is proving that he is valuable (something the FBI director recognizes in not holding him) in his ability to track down the bad guys. Taking photos of the car rather than blindly shooting at it - or figuring out the location of the stabbing victim through lawyer’s credits cards - were smart for the character. Things aren’t just falling into his lap.

What’s more, if you’re on his radar, he’s not going to take it easy on you. It was a bit of surprise to see him throw French ninja chick Gisele around, even punching her in the nose. Clearly, nothing is going to stop him from getting what he wants.

Except, unfortunately, when a couple guys grab him because she pretends he’s going to hurt her with his gun. Where were those helpful people during the girl-on-girl fight?

And even with her escaping, the show pulled another quick one by revealing Ryan’s niece, Max, got on the train to continue pursuit followed by credits. I was captivated by everything going on and ready for a commercial break to see what was next; I couldn’t believe that was the end. I’m just worried that Ryan’s whole “everyone around me dies” is going to apply to Max. She might be walking right into the lion’s den.

And that den has gotten more dangerous with the return of Joe and his meeting up with Lily and her brood.

It’s a rather positive notion that the series isn’t wasting time in putting the two factions together so soon. There’s so many possibilities and personalities to clash that it makes you wonder what the new plan for these killers will be.

We have at least some sense of who Joe is, especially in seeing him not kill the woman who helped him along the way. She also happens to be connected to the stiff FBI boss always on Ryan’s case, so most likely she’ll wind back up in Joe’s crosshairs. But Joe didn’t need to kill her... yet.

As for Lily, she seems unpredictable, though we've yet to scratch the surface of her character. That said, she has an affinity for her “children” (and maybe something more with with Luke) and tying up loose ends with people that seemingly know nothing puts her on a different playing field.

What does she want from Joe? Does she want to be his lover? Team up? Learn from him? Kill him?

Lily gets to be seductive, mysterious and motherly all the same time and it’s frightening. This merging of families (Lily and Joe seem very much like a mother and father) looks to be an even bigger problem for Ryan down the line. But with any family, there’s always going to be some sibling rivalry and dissent. Guess we’ll see what this collection of crazies are capable of very soon.

Things may have gotten of to a slow start, but the hour soon founds its engrossing groove in moving things right along. I’m hoping that The Following Season 2 doesn’t slow down.

Should Joe trust Lily?


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


I just stopped watching episode 4 of this show. I can't take it anymore... The writers of this show are ruining it for the talented actors but creating storylines so implausible that it's laughable. Every single important battle in the show is won by the cult. Yes I know it's just a show, but it has to be somewhat believable... some give and take.. some "real "wins" for the good guys, IMHO. This French girl, Gisele, known to Hardy and his neice as a trained killer, gets away from them... TWICE! No one steps forward to break up a fight outside the train staion but, miraculously, men come forward to help Gisele while and armed Hardy has his gun pointed at her? Pulleeezzeeee! Not only is Gisele a "ninja", but she can walk away from punches, and being thrown up against a train, like nothing happened. Impressive. Almost as impressive as Joe's escape from the boathouse... amazingly well timed and incredible since he was suffering from a long-festering untreated gut wound. I don't care that Hardy's niece is on the train with Gisele (my wife kept watching and told me :) ) ...which btw is also logistically impossible without teleportation as she was on a different platform 45 seconds earlier. Max will end up dead too, I imagine... or part of the cult... I mean, why not??? Billionaire heiresses (and I don't mean ones with Paris Hilton type intellect) are attracted to Joe's demented prophecy, so it's possible, right?. Somehow I managed to make it thought season one and the first 3 episodes of this show without losing my mind. Until now, because: I. Am. Done.

@ Steve T

great, see ya dumbass ; )

@ -----

Right back at ya!

Spindae 2o

This was one of the better Following eps I really loved all thing going on. Gisele is a mean fighter, she is strong and agile and Fing devious. I hope Max stays alive especially with the possibility of her hooking up with Mike and she being one of 3 alive Hardy's.
I think Lily will be a bit disappointed by Joe and take over his cult.
the reveal of Joanna being involved with Gina was fing awesome.

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The Following Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Scars make us more interesting.


Gina: Mr. Hardy, what would you do if you were in my position. Do I slap your wrist again, or do I bring the DA in here and officially book you?
Ryan: Uh, the first one.