by: Paulina Pietras
“A Not So Safe Haven”
Welcome my fellow Following fanatics—just a little assonance to start off this channel of CraveYouTV. My immediate apologies for starting mid-season, but blah blah blah… better late then never.
Here we are just a few episodes away from the season finale, and shit’s still going down. I do mean that literally. All the character arcs are spiraling downward along with the mental stability of practically everyone. In this week’s episode, the blackness of every scene looms darker, as does the creepy music, but I know that we’re all hoping for some light at the end of Caroll’s twisted tunnel.
We finished last week’s episode with Roderick being introduced to the FBI. Watching his facials during that introduction was quiet amusing– you could see that he was praying no one would smell the shit in his pants. Picking up this week with agent Westin recognizing Roderick but being unable to stop him, we know that the FBI is getting closer to Caroll and his followers.
Back at the house, tensions are high. With the FBI’s discovery of the training facility and the sheriff’s identity, Joe and Roderick butt heads about what to do next. Not too shockingly, the emotional wreck ends up kidnapping Joey all while the rest of the house turns to the TV to watch Ryan Hardy plead for a member of the cult to come forward and help (for full immunity, of course.)
But even though Roderick’s next move is to get away, it’s only a matter of time before he’s face to face with Hardy in an interrogation room. Now that Roderick has Joey for leverage, he’s willing to bargain: His freedom for Joey. (Too bad Donovan slams that silver suite case. NO deal!) And yet, our rebellious antagonist kidnaps Roderick and is off to find Joey.
Now, we can’t forget that Caroll’s pissed. He sick of pissy Roderick and wants him dead. So it’s no surprise when Joe sends his new favorite, ghostly-pale Jacob (and friends) to rescue his son.
(Did I mention that Emma and Caroll are still… whatever they are? It irks me. Not so much Joe, but Emma. I don’t get her. I guess Valorie Curry is doing her job well.)
So we’re back to our let’s-find-Joey mission, and the viewer learns that Ryan isn’t as rebellious as we have learned to expect. The FBI is right behind him… but so are Jacob and friends. Joey is found in yet another eerie house and after a few gunshots and dead bad guys, we come to the high point of the episode. Jacob is holding Joey captive ready to run back to the house, all while Ryan Hardy tries to talk him down. In this moment, we get to see the old Jacob, and frankly I like old Jacob. I bet Joey liked him too after being let go and rescued by Ryan, but we’re left to wonder how far gone is this one not-so-bad follower.
The episode comes to a close with Claire making the ultimate sacrifice: her own life with Joe for her son’s freedom. Quiet honorable. Believable too. That is until she stabs Joe. Go team Claire! Surprisingly and yet not so much her life now hangs by a thread, and Joe makes sure that Ryan knows this with yet another courtesy call.
Things can’t get any worse, right? Wrong. Not only is the viewer’s hope brought back to life thanks to a troubled woman claiming to be Joe’s follower ready to turn herself in, but you could say that we are literally stabbed in the eye right alongside Donovan with what appear to be hair sticks. Ah, the power of accessories!
I have to say, this episode actually went on hard for the last 5 minutes. The writers and actors know when to foreshadow (like with Roderick and Joe) and when to keep you guessing. But what I still don’t understand is the whole point of this fiasco. The book? Sequel? I get that Joe’s a literary dude, but is he writing the bible of Carollism or something? I mean, was the purpose of the house and following just a cover-up to get Claire and Joey? If so, that kinda sucks. -2 for Caroll. But this “new direction” should be interesting. I’m a big fan of improv. Let’s hope you are too.
Oh, and to any man who does like Joe and tells women to “calm down,” I highly recommend reading this article:
See you next week!
The Following Hires New Show-runner; Replaces Williamson
There is a new leading lady for Fox’s The Following.
Jennifer Johnson has been hired as the new show-runner when the serial killer drama returns for season 3. Johnson is stepping in to take current show creator Kevin Williamson’s spot as he takes on his new CBS show, Stalker, which is set to premiere this fall.
No need to worry though. Deadline reports that Williamson will still “remain very involved in the show.” He’s staying on board as executive producer.
Johnson isn’t new to the world television and FOX. She previously served as show-runner of Alcatraz and a consulting producer on The Touch.
When Williamson left The Vampire Diaries to work on The Following and gave the reigns over to Julie Plec, TVD was never the same. Don’t get me wrong, Julie Plec has done an okay job, but the show didn’t live up to its fullest potential after Williamson left. Hopefully, that isn’t the case for The Following.
The season 2 finale of The Following drew in about 4.8 million viewers. What do you think? Will Johnson be able to save the FOX drama or is it down-the-drain for Bacon and friends? Sound off below.
Photo Credit: The Following/ FOX
The Following: Season 2 Spoilers!
Spoiler Alert! Talks on Season 2!
Hello everyone! It feels good to be back.
Let’s dive into some The Following Season 2 gossip, shall we?
First question: Who actually survives?
Ryan… this is a no brainer, he has to survive (plus we’ve seen him at ComicCon.) But what about Claire?… hmm I could actually see her not making it. Her story is pretty much all played out. And even if they do bring her back for a happy-go-lucky life with Hardy, how long can that really last? (Kevin Bacon has confirmed Claire will be back “in some shape or form.”) And finally, Carroll. Now, the more I think about this, the more I realize the show needs him. Carroll is that little bit of twisted evil that intrigues us viewers into keeping up with the show. And if you don’t have Carroll, you don’t need Ryan and poof, the show is gone.
Second question: FBI or no FBI?
Agent Weston started out season 1 with a lot of potential. Sure his jedi mentor relationship with Ryan was a bit cliché, but I expected something more of him. And then I realized that he was just another FBI puppet that did very little for the show. I mean, what else did the FBI do besides fail and die? Thankfully, according to executive producers, the FBI will play a smaller role in season 2. Which leads me to…
Third question: What’s the show going to be about?
Season 2 is said to start off with a 1-year flash forward. With that we can assume that Carroll has been scheming underwater with Ursula, and Ryan has either joined AA or gone through some serious therapy. The show will continue with a more character-driven plot, which I’m really excited about, and continue to explore various religious/cult practices. Personally, I really want to know how Carroll was raised and how he developed into a literary scholar, murderer and lover of aesthetics. And even with Ryan, I know we saw a bit of his adolescent crisis, but there has to be more dirt there.
I know it’s not much… plus I’d almost rather be surprised. Almost.
The Following- The Final Chapter (1×15)
By: Paulina Pietras
Let’s start with some honesty: Season 1 of The Following has been a mix of the predictable and surprising. And when this happens, all a viewer can do is hope the finale doesn’t suck. So as I watched, I maintained this ideology. But when it was over, I wasn’t a happy camper. Not done venting, but let’s recap first.
We start by searching for Agent Parker. Since most of Carroll’s actions are based on literary references, how hard can this be, right? Insert creepy Poe mask delivery boy with a phone number to entombed Parker (who apparently only has 3-5 hours of air left…gasp!) The FBI ends up finding the guy who buried her, and handy-dandy Ryan and Weston enjoy some revenge/torture in getting him to talk. As the two now have a personal navigation system, they race to find Parker. As they drive, they get her on the phone to exchange some final words: tell my sister I love her, my parents etc. But they’re too late; she’s not breathing when the find her body. And of course we have the beat up follower snickering from afar. (Why else but to push Ryan over the edge?) And so the “Killed by Ryan Hardy” list keeps growing. Gotta love a complex character.
Once Parker’s body is out of the coffin, Ryan finds Joe’s manuscript entitled “The Curse.” How fitting. The script has a play by play of what just happened, but Weston’s confused. “How did he know what was goin’ to happen?” C’mon Weston, keep up. Joe planed this whole charade. Weston was actually supposed to be dead, but that’s beside the point. “You mean we can rewrite the story?” I seriously wanted to flick him in the head. Anyway, Ryan flips through the manuscript and finds what he’s looking for. But of course, he must go alone! Aw poor Weston; he just wanted to come along and play.
After being taken away on a boat, Claire now finds herself in an unknown, dark room. (Seriously, all the props for this show are black.) Turns out Joe took her to a lighthouse– not so ironic considering his first book– and he wants to discuss their past. Primarily he wants to know when Claire first knew he liked to kill things (young women.) This throws Claire into a sea of tears and guilt—she “should have seen the signs” and “they’re dead because of me.” But Joe doesn’t like this. Frankly he’s insulted that Claire is seemingly taking credit for his murders, and how dare she! Joe takes this a step further by killing the owner of the lighthouse (who’s been tied up in the other room) right in front of Claire. “That’s what it’s like to kill someone,” he says. Geez, for a literary scholar you would think Carroll knew the difference between connotative and denotative phrases.
After an encounter with Emma and a heavy sedative, Ryan finds himself in the same dark room with Joe and Claire. Next is a fairly odd exchange between our hero and villain. For one, Joe is convinced that he and Ryan are very much alike, in love if you will. They are writing the final chapter together, but Ryan isn’t impressed. He disses Carroll’s skills: “those that can’t do, teach,” “I’m so bored with you and Edgar Allan Poe.” Ryan’s apparently not only able to get under Joe’s skin, but he also makes a go for the gun. Joe then runs off to a nearby boathouse with Ryan right behind him. FIGHT! With a few accidental gunshots into the nearby gas tanks, it’s only a matter of time before the place is in flames.
Ah, now you can’t have an episode without a high moral moment. And here’s this week’s: the glimmer in Ryan’s eye as he stares at Joe through the fire. Should he save him? What will his life by like without his arch nemesis? Is there a type of love or is this the curse? Probably not because Ryan escapes from the boathouse right before it explodes (not once but twice…) He’s reunited with Claire; they watch the fire whilst in each other’s arms.
So Joe’s dead? Apparently: the dental records & early DNA tests show a match. (That and his death matches yet another of Poe’s work, The Gothic Sea.) Now the logic here is: either Joe’s somehow not dead or the show will take on a completely different angle. That or he’ll come back from the dead. Oh wait, even better! Season 2 of The Following: Ryan Hardy is driven mad by the heartbeat of the dead and buried Joe Carroll. Sorry, I’m just bitter they didn’t include my favorite Poe story. But realistically, I predict the focus of this show will be Carroll’s following, such as Emma. We actually get another glimpse of her donning a banged up wig and crying about Joe’s death. But who else is left besides her? Well there is one other, but I’m getting to that.
Claire and Ryan are staying at his place until all the legal stuff begins, but for now they can enjoy each other’s company. After some kissing and foreshadowed sex, we’re left in Ryan’s apartment. He answers the door to accept a food delivery and proceeds to open the stubborn bag with a knife (insert dramatic close-up.) Then he hears something suspicious and checks the door again. And would you believe it, the knife is gone. Enter psycho ex-girlfriend! A couple stabs leave Ryan on the ground, and then what? You guessed it, ten points for Gryffindor! The last thing we see is wounded Claire joining Ryan on the ground. So I guess we’re left with a new take on Leona Lewis’s song, “Bleeding Love.”
Now can anyone else see why I’m annoyed? So predictable: death, reunion and surprise attack. I’m sick of this bell curve. I actually expected Agent Parker to be a follower because of her past, and I hoped Weston would become more complicated. Even Carroll became weak towards the end. He had such a drastic 180 from the first episode. This season overall took the easy way out. I’m open-minded for next season, so we shall see what they come up with.
See you next season!
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