The Following: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Fall” (C)
As all of this show’s threads come together, it’s demonstrating that it truly isn’t a strong thriller, incapable of creating believable and consistent characters. Most jarringly, both Charlie and the dim-witted duo of Jacob and Paul leave literal keys to freedom lying around for their prisoners, yet when they need to make it out of a situation where they are surrounded by police from all sides, they manage to think quickly and devise an impenetrable plan. Charlie was even messed up enough to bang his head against a pole and then had no problem thinking on his feet to get away. Sure, Jacob and Paul were assisted by members of the ever-growing cult who took out two SWAT team members evidently untrained in the art of watching their backs, but the omnipresence of this cult is growing tiresome. It was obvious that small-town cop Ava was a follower of Joe’s, and even she isn’t capable of actually taking out someone that she shoots, instead leaving Mike good as new for when Ryan ran up to him. The more interesting stuff has to do with Joe, who is tormenting his lawyer by giving her hints about what he’s having her do, and who told Emma to tase Ryan so that his pacemaker would be disrupted. Seeing flashbacks to Debra’s past hardly seems relevant, though I suppose it makes more sense since she was herself part of a cult. The flashback-within-a-flashback device, however, is irksome and unnecessary, and a sign that this show loves flashbacks way, way too much.