Friday, March 28, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Following

The Following: Season 2, Episode 10 “Teacher’s Pet” (F)

It turns out that last week’s big shocker is going to be more of a slow burn reveal, as, inexplicably, Claire decides that she should leave witness protection and go back to New York so that she can try to stage a run-in with Joe or something else moronic. Meanwhile, Ryan, expert at subtlety that he is, opted to play his hand right away, answering Janna’s phone as soon as Joe called to tell him that they were on to him and intended fully to attempt to track his location over the phone. Having Carrie report that Dr. Strauss had been arrested and was cooperating was at least moderately clever, but it didn’t seem to have much of an effect. At the very least, this show can be commended for getting back to its roots, which mainly involves Joe’s followers committing random acts of heinous violence and terrifying murder just for the fun of it. Joe strangling a cat during his speech to his followers was especially campy, and protecting Mandy from the wrath of Emma seems pointless since she’s a prime candidate to go crying to the FBI and mess everything up. Ryan’s choice ridiculous moment in this hour was his reaction to the quick demise of Mallory, who was portrayed by Emily Kinney of “The Walking Dead” and made the mistake of committing her food-related atrocity at place she used to work. When Patrick slit her throat, Ryan’s “Nooooo!” was one of horror, followed up by a very “Monty Python”-esque effort to convince Mallory that it was only a flesh wound.

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