The Following (FOX): 5 Things You Should Know

The Following (FOX) Pilot (8)

FOX will premiere a brand new show tonight, The Following, which brings Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy together as nemesis.

The psychological thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the “Scream” franchise) follows former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon), who is brought in to consult on a case when serial killer Joe Carroll (Purefoy) escapes from death row. It soon becomes evident the two of them have history with Hardy being responsible for Carroll’s capture in 2003.

But now the rules have changed. During his years in prison, Carroll was able to build up quite the serial killer network and his plan is now in play. And of course now it’s up to Hardy and the FBI to figure out what the endgame is.

Now that you know the premise of the show, I wanted to share 5 things you should know about The Following before you start watching. I was lucky enough to be able to screen the first four episodes and so here is what I can tell you about them.

Violence

Before watching the show, I was a bit worried about its subject matter and whether or not I would be able to keep watching. Even though I liked CBS’ Criminal Minds, I had to stop watching because the storylines were just too much for me, but I have to say that The Following is not as bad. In fact, I got through all four episodes pretty easily.

However, it is still a pretty dark show with some shocking scenes and moments, especially if you’re really sensitive. So please watch with caution. In fact, I would recommend you watch the trailer first and if that’s already too much for you, then maybe you should skip this one. On the other hand, if you love the trailer, then it’s time to set your DVR for 9pm tonight, January 21st.

It’s All About Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy

As much as The Following creates this intriguing plot, I don’t think it would be as interesting if it wasn’t for Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. In fact, they are pretty much the only reasons I will continue watching the show. Without them, I don’t think I would have enjoyed The Following as much. There are quite a few cliches and/or twists that were predictable, but that I was willing to overlook because of them and how charismatic they are. Not sure it would have worked out the same without them.

They work really well together.

Who Cares About The FBI?!

As we delve further into the episodes, I found myself caring more about the members of the cult and their storyline rather than the FBI.

Don’t get me wrong, I am still rooting for the FBI to find them every episode, but while they are still on the run, they make for a great and entertaining story.

Incompetence…

Remember how I mentioned the cliches and predictable twists above? Well, here is another part of the show that could have been better. The first two episodes rely heavily on the fact that somehow, the police is completely and utterly incompetent and stupid, which kind of takes away from all the suspense and drama.

So I am here to warn you that in order to enjoy the show, you do need to accept that as a fact. If you do, then you’ll enjoy it a hundred times more, but if you can’t, you might find yourself rolling your eyes at a few scenes and how completely unbelievable they are.

You have been warned.

The Following… Can’t Seem To Quit You

Despite some of these flaws, I have to admit that The Following kind of gripped me. After the first episode, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be watching the whole season, but four episodes in, I’m pretty committed to watch it till the end. I mean, I have to know how it all ends!

Oh and did I mention, Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy? Cause they’re awesome!

Conclusion

In conclusion, is The Following the best show I have ever seen? No. But is it entertaining and kind of captivating? Definitely.

So if you’re looking for a fun new psychological thriller to watch, The Following could possibly fill that slot.

The Following premieres tonight, January 21st, at 9pm on FOX.

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