TV Review - The Following: Season 2
|Kevin Bacon (left) and Connie Nielsen|
in "The Following"
The problem is that the series brings into being a group of serial killers not unlike the serial killers in the last season that all seem to be chasing after Joe, even as the FBI does. That's boring. It remains boring until Episode 7 when the series all of a sudden becomes a kind of satire of religious cults. Joe and the two remaining women in his group find themselves in a new cult called Corbin, run by a man named Micah, played by Jake Weber.
What is great is that this cult at first wasn't about Joe Carroll and it did its own thing. It was even willing to kill one of Joe's girls, Emma, played by Valorie Curry. If the show were braver, it would have actually killed Emma, but it didn't. Yet, watching this cult in action makes for a good and funny satire of cults.
It even did something interesting with knocking down Joe and making him seem like he's no longer this omnipotent and omniscient presence. By the next episode, this idea is undermined and the show goes back to seeing Joe as the ultimate bad guy and the preferred bad guy. The series could have passed the torch to someone like Lily Gray, played by Connie Nielsen, but it doesn't want to let go of Joe.
Two Stars out of Five.
Running Time: 1 hr.
Mondays at 9PM on FOX.