Sunday, 31 March 2013

Review: 'The Following: Guilt'

'The Following: Guilt,' 2013, Fox. Written by Kevin Williamson. Directed by Joshua Butler. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, and Shawn Ashmore. Rated TV-14 for dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. EST on Monday.

In this episode, Joe Carroll sends Roderick Nelson and a few other followers to get Carroll's ex-wife, Claire Matthews, from where she's been hiding with the FBI. Ryan Hardy is with her now, and when Carroll's followers come for Matthews, Hardy and Matthews duck out the back, narrowly escaping. The two go off-grid and end up at the home of an old friend of Hardy's, Tyson (David Zayas). 

Tyson has been under witness protection for some time; he used to be FBI (he and Hardy went to Quantico together). He knows Hardy well, and can tell Matthews a few secrets. It's a good plot device, and keeps the viewer interested; however, we're not sure how Hardy is supposed to know where Tyson is being kept, since earlier episodes suggest Hardy doesn't have clearance to know such things. 

Meanwhile, Emma Hill tries to apologise to Jacob Wells for having left him and Paul Torres to die. At first he's reluctant; then he warms to her advances; then he decides he might like to kill her -- and though this may sound a bit wishy-washy, it seems to make sense whilst you're watching. 

Carroll is making headway with Joey, as well. He gets the boy to help him make S'mores, Joey's favourite food, and Joey begins to relax just a bit. 

Of course, things go wrong for Hardy by the end of the episode, so we're left wondering what will happen next. But that's part of what's fun about a show like this.  

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