One of the most anticipated (for me at least) new series of the winter HAS to be Fox’s new serial killer drama, The Following, which premiered last night. A serial killer drama from Scream mastermind Kevin Williamson starring Kevin Bacon? Sign me up! And the serial killer is obsessed with romantic writers like Thoreau, Emerson and especially Edgar Allan Poe?? And then he inspires a cult of followers and gets them to do his bidding from prison?
No, seriously, WHEN DOES THIS AIR AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BE GOOD.
I am pleased to report that The Following lives up to the hype…at least the pilot does anyway.
Is the violence shocking? Yes, for a network show. I’m sure it’s much worse on shows like Dexter, which I have never gotten into, (I KNOW, LEAVE ME ALONE I REALLY TRIED TO OKAY?) but many of the images are quite disturbing. I imagine that it has given standards and practices quite a nightmare. This is a serial killer that likes to stab out EYES after all. So if you have an eye thing…um, maybe don’t watch. Unless you are a masochist and enjoy torturing yourself. And like I said in the title of this post, I am glad that I opted to DVR both Bones and The Following, as I have learned after 7.5 seasons of Bones never to eat during it.
After the success that his wife Kyra Sedgwick had on The Closer, I am surprised that it has taken Kevin Bacon this long to get on a network series. I’m sure he was just “looking for the right project” and boy, this is the right one for him. He brings the same world-weary haggardness that Kiefer Sutherland brought to Jack Bauer in 24. But yet behind all the torment and obvious addiction (he drinks vodka out of a water bottle, y’all. Either he is an alcoholic or he really knows how to party. Or both.) you can see the bad ass agent beneath it. The first time Bacon’s Ryan Hardy pursued and eventually caught James Purefoy’s Joe Carroll obviously took a toll on Hardy and eventually destroyed his life. The pilot does a good job in flashing between both the pursuit that landed Carroll in prison and the manhunt after he escapes. And the chemistry between Bacon and Purefoy? Amazing. And if you didn’t know, it resulted in this at the winter TCA conference: