Kevin Bacon Tries to Grow Facial Hair

In Television on February 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Kevin Bacon has returned! And he’s trying very hard to grow facial hair and look like a degenerate in “The Following”

Kevin Bacon plays Ryan Hardy former F.B.I. agent who tracked down Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy, a serial killer who targeted women and cut out their eyes, YUCK! Ryan Hardy took a knife to the chest but managed to get Carroll in jail and sleep with Carroll’s wife, Claire Matthews, played by Natalie Zea, which eventually led to him being dismissed from the F.B.I., apparently, they frown on that. However, all is not well as Carroll makes his escape, enlisting the help of Emma Hill, played by Valorie Curry, Paul Torres, played by Adan Canto, Will Wilson, really that’s the best name they could come up with, played by Nico Tortorella, to kidnap his son, Joey, played by Kyle Catlett. That’s not all! Carroll is so smart and mischievous that while in prison he has created a following, THEY SAID THE TITLE!, to commit atrocities in his name while he is in prison. Hardy is swept back into the F.B.I. fold in order to help Mike Weston, played by Shawn Ashmore, and Debra Parker, played by Annie Parisse, and stop the following from killing more innocent lives, DAH DUH DUHHHH.

Despite Kevin Bacon’s attempts at growing facial hair, this show is alright. I have only watched the first few episodes and I am intrigued. I like how it is shot and I do like the flashbacks, although I am already sick of the F.B.I. being the last ones to figure something out. I also think the story line can continue, because they could simply reveal more individuals in this cult and they could show them killing people in more heinous ways, disturbing as that sounds, it will generate an audience.

The problem I have with this show is the relationships that some of the writers chose to establish. Spoiler, but as if killing wasn’t enough, they had to create a love triangle, semi-homosexual tension between three characters. I won’t say which but it’s pushing it a bit too far with me. I mean, the audience is witnessing bizarre and tragic deaths, the writers didn’t need to throw relationship drama into the mix.

Despite that, and despite the fact that I keep on including the fact that Kevin Bacon’s face is struggling, I am glad to see him doing something and I hope for his sake this show doesn’t get panned. He’s a good actor, I loved him in “Mystic River” and “Sleepers” and I hope he can keep this show going.

So, in conclusion, if you’re interested in serial killers and relationship drama, you’ll love this show. If you’re interested in only either the former or the latter, then you’ll kind of like this show. Take a gander and let me know what you think.


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