The Following – Season 3 Episode 1 – New Blood – Review

Kevin Williamson created show The Following is back for its third season, and there are a collection of interesting new characters as well as familiar faces to join the mix in what seems will be an action packed season.

Episode Synopsis: We begin a year after the events of last season, and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is on death row – a month from execution.

Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has a new girlfriend named Gwen (Zuleikha Robinson), but he is still mentally recovering from previous events. After being blamed for the death of one of Joe’s followers in the opening scene from her apparent father, Ryan is clearly shaken. The trail of destruction left from the first two seasons has definitely left its mark.

Mark (Sam Underwood) is back with the absence of his twin brother Luke and mother Lily Gray. He is more psychotic than ever as a direct result of the deaths of his family members. With a new set of followers helping Mark, things begin to take a familiar turn, affecting Ryan Hardy in particular.

This is an interesting start to the season, with the main themes focusing significantly on the consequences of the characters’ actions. Ryan seems to show genuine remorse for all of the victims in the hunt for Joe, and is not the only character who has been affected by past events.

Ryan’s niece, Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup) is back for this season, and has been impacted by F.B.I agent Mike Weston’s (Shawn Ashmore) previous departure and reappearance. Due to their romance last season, this will make for interesting viewing as the season progresses.

The new followers, Kyle (Hunter Parrish), Daisy (Ruth Kearney) and Andrew (Michael Irby) carry the sensibilities of previous followers, and spare none of the gory murders reminiscent of the first seasons. Therefore, I would not recommend watching if you are squeamish.

This episode was without Joe Carroll; however, it is shaping up to be another good season which I recommend tuning in for. Joe will most definitely play a significant part in this season with his looming execution providing an effective ticking clock to proceedings.

By Robert Spence

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The Following – Season 2 Episode 13 – The Reaping – Review

This episode was directed by Joshua Butler, and starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy and Shawn Ashmore.

Episode Synopsis: Joe has captured Kingston Tanner’s son Preston (Carter Jenkins), and forces him to make some hard decisions. However, unbeknownst to him Ryan has infiltrated Joe’s camp and hides among his followers.

The episode begins with Ryan infiltrating Joe’s camp, and disguising himself as one of Joe’s cult followers. As Joe parades Preston in front of all the followers, Ryan shoots at Joe causing everybody to flee. After finally catching Ryan, the pair face off once again.

As this is happening, the FBI are still hunting for Joe and Lilly Gray. Despite protests from twins Luke and Mark (Sam Underwood), Lilly is adamant she wants to find Joe.

As all of this is happening, Claire Matthews suggests luring Joe out live on television which results in some interesting circumstances.

As always, Joe and Ryan’s encounters make the best television. As they are constantly hunting/eluding each other, it always makes for good entertainment when they do meet up. During this encounter, we learn more about their similarities, and how they “need each other.” I find Ryan and Joe’s scenes the most interesting because Joe genuinely does like Ryan, and sees him as the closest person to him; like a “friend” as he states. They also have great onscreen chemistry, and really bounce off of each other. What also interests me is that Joe cannot find it in himself to be able to physically harm Ryan in any way – thus showing that they ultimately do need each other. Ryan knows nothing more than to hunt Joe and vice versa.

There is a continuation of the religious theme from last episode, as Joe has made it a priority to parade Preston publically. He clearly wants to send Tanner a message.

Like every episode, this was entertaining and definitely worth a watch. Multiple stories are effortlessly interweaved with each other in this episode resulting in some very interesting viewing.

By Robert Spence