Saturday, April 26, 2014

What I’m Watching: The Following

The Following: Season 2, Episode 14 “Silence” (F-)

It’s perplexing to me, and I know I’m not the only one, that this show is so eager to kill off its best (and I use that word liberally) characters in ways that completely don’t advance the story. Sure, Lily’s death means that her sons want to kill Mike all the more, and Emma’s death means that Joe will actually want Claire dead for murdering the one person in the world he actually liked more than he and Ryan. Emma is a staple character who has been around since the beginning and who I’ll admit isn’t nearly as stupid or pointless as everyone else, much more determined to remain (relatively) sane and reasonable while those around her do incredibly idiotic things. It’s strange to see Claire be the one to kill her, though I guess it does make sense since posed as Joey’s nanny for a few years and deceived Claire the whole time. The latest show of theatrics that was more important for Joe to be present at is another brutal, endlessly disturbing act of public violence, and probably the most literal and unsubtle yet. Joe essentially declaring himself God was high-handed but not too surprising given his history, and both for the sake of his accent and his dignity, it’s a good thing that, unlike his son, Tom Cavanagh’s Kingston Turner ended his own life rather than take someone else’s. Ryan got to fulfill his episodic dose of preventing other people from killing themselves (two this time), and now we’ll have to see in the show’s season finale if Mike is really dead at Joe’s hand (making the twins pointless) or if more sinister and stupid things are in store for the two cops trapped inside a church with a bunch of psychos.

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