Sunday, 3 February 2013

Review: 'The Following: Chapter Two'

The Following: Chapter Two, 2013, Fox. Created by Kevin Williamson. Written by Kevin Williamson. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore, and Annie Parisse. Directed by Marcos Siega. Genre: Crime/thriller/drama. Rated TV-14 for violence, language, sexual situations, and suggestive dialogue. Airs 9.00 p.m. EST on Monday.

In this episode, Claire Matthews' son, Joey (Kyle Catlett), has been kidnapped by his nanny, Denise (Valorie Curry, pictured), and the two men who helped Carroll kill Sarah Fuller. Carroll's followers take Joey to a country house, and here we discover Denise's background and how she became one of Carroll's followers. 

Meanwhile, FBI Specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse) has been brought in to lead the investigation. There's talk of letting Ryan Hardy go -- he drinks too much and is volatile -- but as Carroll has cast him as the lead in his next book, the FBI dare not do that. 

There's significant tension amongst the trio of Carroll's followers; Denise (real name Emma Hill) and Jacob Wells (Nico Tortorella) are in love, having been set up by Carroll, and Paul Torres (Adan Canto) feels out of place and resents Hill. He also doesn't like Joey, who he must watch whilst Wells and Hill have some alone time. 

Jordy Raines (Steve Monroe), the guard who helped Carroll escape, is also on the loose and wreaking havoc. He murders a group of sorority girls and escapes the police. 

The investigation leads Hardy to Hill's old home, where he and the team find evidence of Hill's fascination with Carroll. This is a creepy scene, as is the scene in which Hill becomes a serial killer. 

The bits with Hill's background lived up to the premiere episode; we were less enthused with the bits concerning Raines' initiation into becoming a serial killer. We just didn't feel Monroe did the best job at being creepy. 



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