Thursday, February 20, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Following

The Following: Season 2, Episode 5 “Reflection” (F)

For once, I think that the good guys may actually be winning. That’s not to suggest that Ryan is actually following protocol or exercising proper form in his solo pursuit of bad guys, or that the FBI isn’t wasting its time by monitoring Ryan and Max instead of the members of Joe’s cult. But the body count favors the good guys, since Ryan managed to take out the relatively personality-free Jamel, who we barely got to know, and then Giselle, who did a marvelous job of being so irritating by refusing to speak English that her departure is not an unwelcome occurrence. What those killings have done is manage to break the unflappable Luke, who now really wants to kill Ryan. At least the murderous Giselle didn’t bother to take out her killer instincts on Max, leaving her behind and unharmed so that Ryan didn’t actually feel overwhelming pain when he returned to the motel. Emma and Mark might have made for a good couple if not for Mark’s unfortunate case of haphephobia, and I hate to break it to her, but she’s also technically crazy because she’s a villainous member of a cult. After a shaky start, Lily turned into the best possible ally and playmate for Joe, which is a good thing for her since he didn’t seem like he was taking to her all that well. The FBI is far from hot on his trail, but that image of him hidden by a beard and hat – which shouldn’t make him that hard to identify – put them dangerously close to actually accomplishing something productive.

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