There are so many crime fighting TV shows, so when you launch a new one, who have to make it stand out. And that’s what the creators of The Following did when they brought Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, X-Men: First Class, Footloose) and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy, John Carter, A Knights Tale) into our lives.
If you haven’t seen this show yet, it must go in your Netflix queue and yes it is on Netflix.
I was hooked from the first episode. The serial killer, Joe, escapes from prison and Ryan is called into consultant on hunting him down, seeing as he’s the man that caught him in the first place. He’s no longer apart of the FBI, but he’s the only one that can help.
Joe killed several girls when he was a professor. He has an obsession with Edgar Allen Poe and the poet is kind of a religion to him. While Joe was in prison, he gained a following, a big one, and they are all helping him break out of prison, get his family back and execute his plan.
Ryan knows the inside outs of the case and Joe better than anyone, he even wrote a book about the case. But all of his knowledge of the case won’t be enough to help him catch Joe again.
Ryan meets Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore, X-Men, Frozen), a relatively new FBI agent, who admires Ryan and did his dissertation for the Academy on Carroll. He’s very excited to be working with Ryan, but nothing can prepare him for the case he’s about to embark on.
Through the first season there is no telling who all the followers are. They are hiding among you and are even people of authority.
There are a few followers that you will get to know well in season one: Emma Hill (Valorie Curry, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II) Jacob Wells (Nico Tortorella, Scream 4) and Paul Torres (Adan Canto, X-Men: Days of Future Past).
I was really drawn to Jacob. Unlike the other followers, he doesn’t seem as crazy and obsessed. You can’t pin point what made him join Carroll’s cult. You may have hope for him that he will get out before he does something he will regret. Season one will be his inner struggle of becoming truly apart of the following.
Emma is a young girl who looks at Joe like he’s a one of whatever boy band is popular at the moment. She loves Joe, a man she barely knows, but she would give her life for him.
And Paul goes through a life changing transformation while he executes Joe’s plan.
The following is extremely suspenseful and exciting. A lot of people will die in season one on the hunt to capture Joe again, but will they succeeded. You’ll have to watch the first season to find out.
Check out the trailer for season one: