Sunday, 17 February 2013

Review: 'The Following: Mad Love'

The Following: Mad Love, 2013, Fox, directed by Henry Bronchtein, story by Andrew Wilder and Kevin Williamson, teleplay by Kevin Williamson. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy,  Shawn Ashmore, Susan Misner, and Li Jun Li. Rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. EST on Monday. 

This chapter isn't actually planned by Joe Carroll; instead, one of his followers (Maggie Kester, who does a terrific job) goes rogue and seeks to kill Ryan Hardy. This is of course something Carroll doesn't want, as he wants Hardy to be the lead in his next book; but Kester is determined to exact revenge for her husband's death. 

On the kidnapping front, we still have Emma Hill, Jacob Wells, and Paul Torres with Joey Matthews; but they also now have Torres' captive, Meghan Leeds (Li Jun Li). The consensus is that they must quickly kill Leeds and dispose of her body before anyone recognises Torres on the video tape at the shop where he picked up his victim. They also don't want Joey to find out about Leeds, so the deed must be done quietly. 

But there's a hitch. Wells is keeping a secret -- a pretty big one -- from everyone, including Hill. This secret will forever change the dynamic of their group; and Torres is itching to tell. 

Although they're still aberrant, the serial killers are starting to turn a bit human; this is perhaps to be expected, as the writers must keep viewers' attention. However, it's also a little unsettling -- perhaps what the writers want. 

James Purefoy fans will be disappointed to see little of him in this episode; however, Kevin Bacon fans will rejoice at seeing the show's lead be given more background. Here we find out Hardy has a sister, Jenny (Susan Misner), with whom things are 'complicated.' Complicated, it seems, because of Hardy's hard drinking, which pushed her away from him. 

Between the secrets and the revelations, this was an episode not to miss. If you haven't yet latched onto this series, do so now. So far, it's living up to its potential.   

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