Last night (1/21/13) Fox debut a new t.v. showed called The Following. The show is about a former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) who is called back to work the case of the killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) he captured in 2003 and who has recently escaped. The premise of the series is Joe Carroll has built a cult following of fellow serial killers who communicate and connect with each other to commit gruesome murders. An interesting spin on the serial killer plot line.
I have to say that the first episode did a really good job of drawing me in and keeping the suspense going. I was appalled at the ways the first victim met their end – which is a good thing to say when talking about a crime series. Joe Carroll is a former teacher who is obsessed with Edgar Allen Poe and this obsession played out with the murders that put him into prison to begin with, as well as the murders that will happen after his escape.
As with all t.v. shows, there are few things that could be better – the female FBI agent seems like she’s trying too hard and the other FBI agent seems suspiciously suspect (maybe I’m just seeing a connection that’s not there). Overall, I would say this was worthy first episode and look forward to seeing how the series plays out. The Following has at least one follower so far.