For a while now, a particular department of people that I work with have been telling me that I look like a character off of the TV show, The Following. They’ve also been telling me that I aught to watch it because I apparently look like Emma Hill (played by Valorie Curry) and simply because they love the show. It took me until Friday night to watch an episode of it on Netflix because part of me was unsure about the show and I also didn’t feel like getting invested in yet another crime drama.
But I wound up loving the pilot episode that I watched; the only reason I didn’t watch another episode is because it was my bedtime.
In the first episode, we find mass murderer Joe Carroll (played by James Purefoy) escaping from prison, shortly before his death sentence is fulfilled. In order to recapture this infamously deadly criminal, the police call in the help of Ryan Hardy (played by Kevin Bacon). Hardy is an ex-FBI agent and the man who single-handily caught Carroll in the first place.
As the show goes on from the initial setup, both the viewers and the police that Hardy is working with discover that the agent turned novelist is anything but a people person. Hardy was damaged during his time in the FBI, particularly during his time capturing Carroll. Besides the emotional trauma that he suffered, Hardy also has serious heart issues. And then, as he makes sure that Carroll’s ex-wife and son, along with his last victim, are under protection, Hardy finds out that the man he’s supposed to capture developed a cult following while he was in prison.
Carroll obtained these followers by utilizing the internet access he was somehow granted while in prison and through the numerous visitors who came directly to him. The above picture is of one of the followers–Emma. Think we look alike? I don’t particularly see it, except maybe similar hair styles.
Anyways, Carroll’s following quickly develop the potential of being Hardy’s major problem as they enable Carroll to fulfill his wish of finishing what he started. His last victim, Sarah Fuller (played by Maggie Grace), was the only young woman he wasn’t able to actually kill because Hardy stopped him. And the latter is fights desperately to protect her. But you’ll have to watch the episode to find out whether or not he’s successful.
I was sucked into this show by the complicated characters and the situations they were forced into all because of one man. It’s both a frightening and interesting idea–a prisoner developing a cult of devoted followers to carry out his whims, even when he’s behind bars.
Something that I found particularly interesting is that Carroll was originally an English teacher, and he still dotes on Edgar Allen Poe. He reference Poe’s works throughout the first episode both verbally and through the “artwork” he does in his killings.
I recommend you add this show to your list of show to become invested in.