The Following – almost lost

I’ve been a fan of the new Fox t.v. show The Following.  I’ve enjoyed the suspense that each episode has had and thought the use of flashbacks was very effective (quick peeks into what happened in the past but not disruptive to the storyline).   My enjoyment was put to the test with last nights episode “The Fall.”  The episode started out good, some banter between Ryan Hardy and three of his antagonists, but the last twenty minutes was almost insulting to viewers.  The Following isn’t the best show out there, a sort of weak plot line with some obvious turns, but the fast pace, suspense, twisted characters, and good acting by Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy allowed you to look past those items.   I’ve read complaints that the show is too dark – really? it’s about a serial killer who has found a way to torment his ex-wife and the man who put him prison, and you expect it to be all sunshine and happy? – and that the FBI is inept at their jobs.  My previous thought was of: if this was an actual portrayal of how a case goes in the FBI I don’t think there would be a need for Hardy as the protagonist and the show would be called a documentary airing on the Discovery channel or History or something along those lines.

With all good shows I think there is some element of obvious disbelief, that moment when you say “come on, how could that possibly have just happened” but if the show is good enough, you are able to overlook and ignore that moment (Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, insert name of any good t.v. show that you like). Last night I was not able to overlook that “come on…” moment.  Joe Carroll’s followers are everywhere and the writers appeared to have lost their minds with “The Fall”.  Joe’s people get into everything and inserting them into or having them overcome some elite tactical teams was ridiculous.  I know there has to be substantial followers out there for Joe Carroll’s plan to work out, but the last 20 minutes of “The Fall” was over the top.  When writers take a show too far, it sets the show up to fail.  I’m hoping that next weeks episode returns to the form of the first five episode – fast pace, suspense, gruesome but watchable.  If not, I’m afraid I’ll be forced to say “nevermore…”

A night with The Walking Dead

Last night I went to An Evening with the Cast and Crew from The Walking Dead.  Norman Reedus (Darryl), Steven Yeun (Glenn), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), and Greg Nicotero (a producer) were there to talk about the show and fielded a few question from the audience sent ahead of time.  Needless to say, being a fan of The Walking Dead, I throughly enjoyed seeing these four last night.  As a fan located in the midwest opportunities to see actors or crew from a favorite show don’t come around too often.  Being able to hear the passion that these people have for the show was insightful – makes the work they do on the show all that more real since you can tell they are invested in the work they do.

The most enjoyable part for me was hearing Steven Yeun talk about finding a tick on his man parts while they were filming the farm scenes.  A somewhat traumatic experience for him and told in a very funny and entertaining way to the audience.  I took pictures but only had my cell phone and the photos aren’t the best (not worth sharing, should have brought my camera).  Unfortunately, I didn’t submit a question beforehand – couldn’t think of one – but thought of one this morning that I would have liked to ask:  What is the best thing about living in the Zombie apocalypse?  There’s gotta be at least one good thing about living with all those zombies, right?  Why else fight so hard to stay alive all the time.  I think no taxes would be a big plus.

So, looking forward to tonight’s episode of TWD with a renewed appreciation for the cast and crew.  It was obvious from last night that they enjoy their jobs and appreciate the fans.  Oh, and one more thing: Greg Nicotero said that on the Southwest flight from Kansas City to Milwaukee, Norman Reedus signed one of those flyers you see in the backs of the seats and stuck it back into the seat back.  So, if you happen to be on a Southwest flight, take a moment to look at the items in the seatback, you might get lucky and find something signed by Darryl!

Procrastination blamed on reading

This weekend rather than work on my homework, I read two books from my pile of “to read” book pile.  My books were screaming out to me and I could not resist their forlorn cries of unread words.  The first book, read on Saturday, was Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.  I had read Gone Girl and really enjoyed it so I thought I give her other books a try.  Sharp Objects was an enjoyable, easy read (took me one day), but a little predictable.  This was Flynn’s first novel and you can see how she made her way to Gone Girl.  Flynn’s character’s are certainly twisted and disturbed.  Good book for a quick read and does not require too much mental thought.

The second book, which I just finished (read in one day as well), was The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.  I’ve read other reviews of this book and wholeheartedly agree – it is an incredible book.  It’s classified as a YA book but the subject matter is definitely not YA.  It’s a story of two teenagers with cancer (one has a terminal diagnosis) and what happens in their lives after they meet.  I found this book absolutely impossible to put down.  I loved the two main characters and thought the humor that was used throughout the book was witty.  This is one story that has you laughing one second and then crying the next.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who hasn’t read it.  The subject matter is a bit bleak – it’s about kids with cancer – but the story is told in such a lighthearted yet real manner that the book is not bleak to read.

So, now I have to ignore the cries of my pile of books (although it is so hard when they are screaming so loud!), stop my procrastination, and get on with my homework.  If only my school work cried out as loud as my pile of books.