DVD Review: The Following Season 1
The Following is a dark, gritty and very violent serial killer drama series that stars Kevin Bacon as FBI Ryan Hardy, called back into service after the serial killer he captured ten years ago, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from prison to finish the murder Hardy prevented him from completing. The first episode starts off well, with a very clever but gristly escape from prison, but almost trips up on it’s own cleverness until the ending which sees Carroll back in custody, and hooking the viewer with an iron grip. Three episodes later, and just after one in the morning I had to persuade myself that I had to stop watching and go to bed.
The combination of a charismatic serial killer with a penchant for Edgar Allan Poe, and a following of people ready and willing to do his bidding, drawn in by Carroll’s meditations on Poe and his calling death an art form that reveals love, gives the show massive scope for plot twists and edge of your seat thrills.
Throw in a love triangle between Carroll, his ex-wife and Hardy, with an intricately planned revenge as motivation and you have the years best TV show on DVD. Slap on an R18 rating and the words “Uncut Version – Not Seen On TV” and you know you’re in for a wild ride, with twists that will not only surprise you, but shock you as well.
Manipulating the entire show from his prison cell, Carroll breaths life into a tired and cliche ridden genre, proving that when television takes a chance, it can surpass anything that Hollywood can produce.
Rating: R18 Violence & Horror.