Thursday, February 07, 2013

Can Kevin Bacon Keep 'The Following' Alive?

James Purefoy as Joe Carroll
FOX's new show 'The Following' is disturbing and gory. FOX has always been known for wanting to be edgy.

Is 'The Following' edgy enough? 

Each episode give the viewer a heavy dose of blood and gore, as we following a cult that kills out of reverence for their leader in prison - Joe Carroll. Joe views it as art. His followers take up his 'cause and kill, often taking out the eyeballs, as referenced in Edgar Allen Poe literature. This show is heavy on innocent people dying, at the hands of a cult following.

Had enough yet?

The problem with this serial killer drama is that the cast is mostly unknown. Sure, we recognize an X-man here and there. Shawn Ashmore is in the show, as a rookie. Other than that, James Purefoy reminds us of our favorite X-man, Wolverine. Sorry folks, it is not Hugh Jackman.

The lackluster cast in this serial killer drama fails to keep us coming back. We don't know Anna Parise, playing Ryan Hardy's expert on cults. Natalie Zea plays James Hardy's past love interest, but honestly, we don't care. The story just doesn't excite viewers. If we want dead bodies, we can turn on CSI.

Let's face it, Kevin Bacon is entrusted to carry the show. His character is an alcoholic, that had to leave the FBI because he was stabbed in the heart by Joe Carroll. Now he wears a pacemaker. He is a retired agent, brought back to catch a killer.

There's not much more to say about 'The Following' other than the obvious: '24' fans are going to be very disappointed with this drawn out drama that does keep us interested.

Kevin Bacon is a good actor, but he just isn't that good to carry this show. 'The Following' is a dud. We like watching Kevin Bacon, but a crippled Kevin Bacon is not entertaining.

It appears that FOX would have gone over budget to hire a full cast of recognizable actors and actresses.

Kevin Bacon will not be able to keep 'The Following' alive all by himself. Let it die. Bring back Terra Nova.

Terra Nova was entertaining, even without the big names. 'The Following' is dark and gloomy, and the story does not leave us wanting to watch more.

Kevin Bacon meets The Iceman, Shawn Ashmore in The Following
Kevin Bacon drinking water in The Following

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