Debate of the Day: The Following

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I’m always wary of tuning into new shows, even if they seem promising at first. There’s nothing more I hate than either A) getting into a show, liking it, and then watching it be cancelled due to low ratings or B) getting into a show, liking it, and then having it slowly turn to shit.

But despite all that, my curiosity was too great to not give The Following a watch on Fox. Kevin Bacon hunting serial killers? Count me in.

So, how did it go? I rather liked it, actually. It’s got a great cast and Bacon making the move to television from film brings a gravitas that most other shows lack. The writing needs a bit of polish as they say lines like “you don’t play well with others,” with a straight face, but it’s got real potential.

James Purefoy is a malicious serial killer, Joe Carroll, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe who escapes from prison after he’s assembled a cult-like following of devotees. Past mere fanboys and girls, these people kidnap kids, kill cops and commit public suicide on his orders. By the end of the pilot, Carroll is recaptured, but it’s clear his master plan is just starting unfold.

It was a very solid pilot, and one that (spoilers) unexpectedly kills off Maggie Grace’s surviving victim Sarah by the end when you might assume she’ll be a major character. Though it should have been a hint she didn’t appear in any of the cast promotional material. I guess she had to go and get ready to be kidnapped and saved by Liam Neeson again.

Did you watch The Following? What did you think of it?