'The Following: Whips and Regret,' 2013, Fox. Written by Kevin Williamson and Rebecca Dameron. Directed by Marcos Siega. Starring Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, and Shawn Ashmore. Rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 9.00 p.m. EST on Monday.
This week, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon, pictured) dives back into the bottle after having lost Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea) to Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). Agent Debra Parker (Annie Parisse) goes to pull him out of his funk, and the two end up following a clue to an S&M establishment, 'Whips and Regret.' Here they find that Vince McKinley (Christopher Denham), one of Carroll's followers, has been frequenting the place and using it as a method to smuggle explosives and the like.
Meanwhile, Carroll looks forward to meeting Matthews again and rekindling their relationship. Matthews, of course, only wants to see her son again. She has little freedom on the compound; in addition, her head was covered when she was brought there, so she doesn't know where she is. And, one may surmise, she isn't about to leave her son. She is being well guarded, and the followers have been given permission by Carroll to use force if necessary, as long as they don't hurt Matthews' face.
There is an interesting bit in this episode in which the FBI find a training compound used by Carroll's followers. The compound was, we thought, an intriguing idea, and the surprise which awaits the FBI there was equally compelling.
There are, of course, a few flaws to the show, one being that Matthews is pretty stupid; no-one in their right mind would allow themselves to be captured by a group of serial killers. However, the rest of the show is so far engaging enough to get past that.
Here's hoping the series continues to enthrall.