“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of, or commentary about, websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
[The Following] is a new show on FOX about the battle of wits between an incredibly powerful serial killer and the person who put him in prison. Since the serial killer is locked up, he needs others to do his bidding. Hence, The Following.
Oh my, it is indeed a rather twisted web that the producers of this show are weaving. For not only does Joe Carroll (the serial killer played by [James Purefoy]) want to bring [Edgar Allan Poe’s] literary works to life, he also wants to write a masterpiece based upon true events that would leave even Poe gasping for breath long before the final page was turned.
It is in regards to contributing to Carroll’s new book that his followers do his bidding. For they look at having their exploits (as directed by Carroll) being recorded in the pages as being a form of immortality that only a chosen few can hope to attain.
[Kevin Bacon] plays Ryan Hardy, who is haunted by the deaths of those he feels he should have been able to save if he had of acted quicker upon his feelings about Carroll being a serial killer while he was on the case as an FBI profiler years before. Hardy’s guilt finally lead to a complete meltdown that resulted in him being dismissed from the FBI, and he is now working as a bureau consultant in their attempts to stop Carroll’s followers from making their master proud.
No, it is not with the complete support of all in the FBI and the other agencies involved that Hardy finds himself, and I must admit that I do not like that sort of plot twist. For just going after Carroll and his followers should be enough without having Hardy battling against many who are supposed to be fighting with him—with much of this being done in an unofficial capacity, to boot. Of course, this element may be one of the most realistic things about the show, but I get more than enough reality from real life already.
[Natalie Zea] plays the Carroll’s ex-wife and Hardy’s ex-lover, and I have some questions about her. For in the right light, she can appear to be incredibly beautiful, and her acting skills are certainly adequate enough to keep the audience engaged. Yet, she has been showing up in only a few episodes of several different shows before her character, who could easily be a regular in each one, just leaves the scene (quite literally). So, is it that she is very hard to work with or what?
Anyway, you can judge for yourself on all counts at 8 p.m. Central on Monday nights, and you can catch up with what you have missed so far [here]. Arlynda and I will be watching, and we are hoping that the rumors about the show not being picked up for a second season prove unfounded.
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