Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Following - Season 1

Holy crap, it's been a long time since I've checked in with my blog.  Due to work and some personal life issues, I have had very little time and energy to devote to writing.  I just returned from a little getaway in Antigua, and I feel refreshed and ready to start actually forming sentences.  We returned from Antigua on the day of Winter Storm Hercules, and we were actually one of the last flights to get back into Newark before everyone was snowed in.  Therefore, Scream King and I decided to spend the weekend being hermits, and just relaxing and getting ready for the work week ahead.

I suggested that we check out The Following, which had been recommended to me on a few different "best of 2013" and "new to Netflix" posts, as well as my sister, who said that she and her husband had been watching.  We only planned on viewing an episode or two, but ended up binge-watching the entire season in 24 hours.  This show is highly addicting, and I am dying to see the premiere of season 2, which is only a few short weeks away.

So a serial killer, Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) escapes from death row, prompting the FBI to call in the retired agent who previously caught him, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon).  But as it turns out, the escape also involves an entire murderous cult that is ready to do Carroll's bidding and help him stay hidden along the way.  His connections run deep, and seem to involve more complete psychos at every turn.  This is all linked into the works of Edgar Allen Poe, with whom Carroll is fairly obsessed.

The series also includes other recognizable stars such as Natalie Zea, who plays Carroll's ex-wife, and Shawn Ashmore (drool) who plays a younger FBI agent who somewhat idolizes Ryan.  I don't want to give any spoilers in this post, since there is still tons of time to watch this on Netflix instant before Season 2 premieres.  However, I do think I'll do spoiler-filled recaps/commentaries once the new season starts.  Happy watching!!