Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Following- "The Curse"

The Following continued to ride the train to crazy town this week and it was glorious. Joe finally got off his ass to try and fix the many mistakes that are popping up with his plan. Ryan had to try and bail out Weston from another life and death situation. Parker got in Jacob's head and Claire beat the shit out of Emma. Joe and Ryan also got to have their first real "heart to heart" conversation of the series.

The main action of this week focused on Ryan, Weston, and Parker on the hunt for the man who was supplying Roderick's armory from last week's episode. Weston was quickly taken hostage by Joe and this is when the episode really took off. Joe is trying to push the notion that he lives through death and the same thing goes for Ryan. Joe feels like the only time that he is alive is when he is surrounded by death and that is why he is doing what he is doing. Ryan on the other hand has been surrounded by death from a young age having witnessed his father being killed in a convenience store robbery. The revelation that Ryan killed the man that killed his father by making him overdose on drugs was definitely the bombshell that I was looking for. This shows why he has the need to save everyone because he is trying to atone for that sin.

We also finally got to see Ryan develop an actual relationship with Weston. He has been mentoring Mike for most of the series and this is the first time that he actually acknowledged that he may have had a negative effect on Weston. With his own revelation about going too far, he doled out some "fatherly" advice and told Weston to stop going down his current path before he does something that he will regret for the rest of his life. This is the fundamental difference between Joe and Ryan. Joe feels no remorse for the murders he has committed, whereas Ryan is motivated to right his wrong and never repeat his mistake.

Joe also had a lot more airtime than usual and we got the opportunity to see how insecure he really is. He doesn't care that Roderick's plans are crumbling but he was almost brought to tears when Claire called him a hack writer. This is a serial killer with a cult at his disposal, and is also the most wanted fugitive in America but he cannot handle criticism. He is on a whole different level of crazy than the rest of his followers. His own ego is going to be downfall in the end, mark my words. We were also let in on the fact that he really does plan on killing Ryan at the end of his all of this.

I wished that there had been more follow up to the revelations in last week's episode where we found out that Molly was a follower. This is going to be a major plot point and the show only has three episodes to ramp this up. Jacob has also done a complete 180 and he seems to be one of the most bloodthirsty killers in the cult at this point. Seems like this developed a little too quickly and it is really awkward at this point after seeing his previous aversion to killing. Seeing Emma get choked out by Claire made the episode a must watch in my opinion.

This wasn't the strongest episode of the series but it was still very solid. It was great to get some backstory on Ryan and see him grow up a little. Having Weston back in action was awesome and even Parker had some solid moments by messing with Jacob. With three episode left, I can't wait to see what craziness is going to go on over the next few weeks.