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Recorded it last night.

Look forward to watching it.

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Pretty good start to the series. :)

(Vegas is still my new favourite though)

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Episode tonight. Let's see if they can get two good weeks in a row.

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The episode "The Poet's Fire" was great with plot twists and an explanation of the deep feelings of guilt being experienced by Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) from his earlier investigation.

Warning thar be spoilers ahead.

We meet two more of Carroll's cult followers, one apparent and one hidden who is revealed as the episode progresses and we have an FBI agent down.

The email video of "How to Create a Serial Killer from an Innocent Child" was chilling. It seems that part of Joe's revenge scenario involves turning his son Joey into a serial killer.

And the game of "Gay Chicken" and its aftermath??? The big reveal on the friction and dynamic between the trio of Emma, Jacob, and Paul as we find out both how Paul and Jacob's gay relationship was egged into being by Emma, how it developed over time in deep cover, and how/why Paul is struggling with the new way of things. it was Emma's idea - she knew that lone massacre survivor Sarah Fuller would never warm up to two straight guys and that Paul and Jacob would have a way easier time getting into her good graces if they were a harmless gay couple who loved having brunch and afternoon crafting. The guys resist, but Emma tells them that Joe Carroll thinks it's a great idea. That's all the reason they need: the guys swig some booze for courage and play "gay chicken" and morph from faux gay to true gay. Of course the best thing to do is for Paul now being left out by Jacob as he rekindles his relationship with Emma is kidnap a cute innocent girl from the local convenience store where she is a clerk and bring her home for fun and games so there is no third wheel. eh?

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The serial killer in the Poe mask (Rick) who likes to burn victims but has qualms over blood and/or knives (the Joe Carroll weapon of choice) led one reviewer to dub the episode "Gay Chicken, Extra Crispy". In this case he torches a book review critic who panned Joe Carroll's novel and tosses confetti as if he is zany comic Rip Taylor.

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And the scene where Ryan Hardy shoots Rick the flambe artist, who collapses and then comes back to life out of the darkness harkens back to one of my favourite scenes of all time from the 1967 thriller "Wait Until Dark" with Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman and Alan Arkin as a psychotic killer leaping out of the darkness just when you thought he had been finally dispatched. The scene has been used in countless movies since including Halloween and has become a staple in many slasher films. And yes I really did jump out of my seat as 16 year old.

Mind you Rick did overcome his aversion to blood and knives to slice and dice the dean at the University who didn't give Joe tenure.

Jordy is tricked into revealing that Rick's wife Maggie is not a victim but also in the Following - she dispatches an FBI agent sent to guard her by stabbing him in the throat. When Jordy who is the the sharpest knife in the drawer (pun intended) realizes his mistake, he uses his teeth to chew at the bandage on his arm, and swallows it until he chokes to death. Or maybe not. If Rick can spring back to life maybe Jordy is not done. Oh yeah and the song Jordy sings to drown out questions from his interrogators is the theme song from the 1980's TV series The Greatest American Hero - "Believe It or Not"

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Since plot twists seem a staple of this show, here is one twist that I have rattling around in my head... Debra Parker is the FBI specialist on cult behaviour who runs the Bureau's Alternative Religion Unit (Cults 'R Us????) heads the investigation of Carroll and his followers. Is she one of the Followers????

Or maybe it is FBI agent Mike (Shawn Ashmore) who did his thesis on Joe Carroll and seems to revere Ryan Hardy - is he a Follower? Maybe he did not keep pressure on the wound and allowed the stabbed FBI agent to bleed out?

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I think it's great.

Don't really understand the mediocre reviews.

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The show is terrible. Everyone works for him, everyone. Any new character on the show is almost certainly part of the cult. It's old and boring.

The FBI and cops have a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere completely surrounded, yet somehow the babysitter, a kid, and a guy who has been shot or stabbed half to death all manage to just walk out the back door unnoticed? I turned it off and haven't picked it up again.

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The show is terrible. Everyone works for him, everyone. Any new character on the show is almost certainly part of the cult. It's old and boring.

The FBI and cops have a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere completely surrounded, yet somehow the babysitter, a kid, and a guy who has been shot or stabbed half to death all manage to just walk out the back door unnoticed? I turned it off and haven't picked it up again.

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The show is terrible. Everyone works for him, everyone. Any new character on the show is almost certainly part of the cult. It's old and boring.

The FBI and cops have a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere completely surrounded, yet somehow the babysitter, a kid, and a guy who has been shot or stabbed half to death all manage to just walk out the back door unnoticed? I turned it off and haven't picked it up again.

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The show is terrible. Everyone works for him, everyone. Any new character on the show is almost certainly part of the cult. It's old and boring.

The FBI and cops have a farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere completely surrounded, yet somehow the babysitter, a kid, and a guy who has been shot or stabbed half to death all manage to just walk out the back door unnoticed? I turned it off and haven't picked it up again.

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It's a TV show there is going to be flaws like this in almost any show. I hate how people get worked up over things like this.

I think this is the reason why I like alot of shows. I don't let the small stuff bug me.

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There's a difference between a continuity flaw where someone's watch disappears between scene cuts and plain stupidity. This show is just plain stupidity.

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