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Warren Kole as Roderick from The Following.

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Third Star Blend

Made this a few months back. Since I decided to be active on LJ again, I figured that I might as well make a graphics post. It has my old tumblr username on it (carolee17) from before I switched it to clouds91. 

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Since it's been awhile since I've posted anything on LJ, I'll start with a TV show review I also have on Tumblr. I might move my reviews on LJ at a later date. :)

The Following

I don't usually write reviews on TV shows outside of Korean dramas, but I think The Following needs to be an exception. I have too many thoughts on this show that is dying to be expressed. I've watched a few Korean makjangs, and if I didn't know better, I would say the writers have watched too many makjangs before writing this script.

A description of makjang from dramabeans.com:

A sylistic, tonal, or narrative element in dramas that chooses to play up outrageous storylines to keep viewers hooked despite how ridiculous the stories become

One of the main Korean drama elements involved in today's shows is having the lead actor thinking deeply and pondering life in the shower. Kevin Bacon graces us with this scene in less than 3 minutes into the show! The Following starts off great in any case. The actual story line puts you on the edge of your seat as you try to understand the characters and what motivates them to do the grizzly things they do. I wouldn't recommend going to Wikipedia for anything else but the summary. Spoilers are everywhere, even the character descriptions.

From Wikipedia:

The Following centers on former FBI agent Ryan Hardy and his attempts to recapture serial killer Joe Carroll following the latter's escape from prison. Hardy soon discovers that the charismatic Carroll has surrounded himself with a group of like-minded individuals (which he met while teaching and while in prison), and turned them into a cult of fanatical killers.

1.3 stars/4
(First half of the season would be a 4 stars/4, but as a whole, this is the best I could do).

There are many characters that the story introduces the audience to, but most characters that do get names or lines eventually get killed off pretty quickly. So, there's really almost no need to invest in characters other than the ones introduced in episode 1. There is Debra Parker, the FBI specialist in charge, and Roderick, the second-in-command for Joe Carroll.

I think that the story is great until around episode 12. Then, the writing and the story just completely unravel with plot holes the size of Texas. There is a lot of death, but they're mostly meaningless deaths that don't really add anything to the story. To add on top of that, the FBI in this show are the most incompetent people in law enforcement I have ever seen on a TV show. I don't know if it's because I'm used to watching high-quality shows lately or maybe just watching too much SVU, but the writing in the last few episodes especially are just completely unacceptable. Keep in mind that I did watch the episodes back-to-back over a span of 4 days, so I might be harsher on this show than most since I saw everything at once instead of a week apart for each new episode.

Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the show (15 episodes for season 1)!

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