DVD Review: The Following Season 2
I loved season one of The Following, starring Kevin Bacon as FBI agent Ryan Hardy, who has to hunt down the charismatic killer Joe Carroll, who he originally put behind bars, but was able to escape. It was no easy task however, as Joe had quite the following, plenty of devotees to do hie Poe inspired killing. But at the end of the season Joe gets blown to kingdom come and we wrap up a stunning TV series in style.
Except we don’t.
The Following was great entertaining TV, if somewhat flawed with a myriad of plot holes. But it must have been really good for the show to get a second season, and for Joe to miraculously escape death. Joe Carroll’s second coming however is no where near as intense or interesting as the first season. In fact a rich art dealer mother figure uses her twin sons to to try and flush Joe out on the anniversary of his death, with a massacre on a subway train dedicated to Joe.
But Joe isn’t having a bar of mother’s intentions for him, and soon ends up in a pre-made cult, fighting for control. The trouble is, Joe’s flaky exterior is starting to crack, and it’s not about Poe anymore, it’s all about Joe, and to be honest, it’s just too much.
Keven Bacon is great, but James Purefoy’s character Joe has been given what amounts to a straight jacket that prevents him from showing his charismatic side, and in doing so, robs the character of his essence and what made season one such a killer ride. It’s sad really, because despite Keven Bacon coming into his own more so in this chapter, without Jame’s character being able to let loose, it’s all for naught.
Rating: R18 Sadistic Violence.