So I was planning to write this article all about my beloved Ryan-Joe bromance, because while there was only one scene between them, it was still EXQUISITE and exactly what I’d been waiting for. But then in true Following fashion, the show threwÂ me a major villain curveball that I would be remiss to ignore. So rather than a full Joe Ryan recap, let’s take a look at the villains of old, the villains of new and the villains who Ryan may have to face next.
First off, Ryan and Joe. God, I love these two together. I don’t know what it is, but you put them in a room together and the dynamic is explosive. Like I said, the scene between them was short, but it was so strong that it hardly even mattered. It gave us more than most other characters could in ten scenes. Picking up where last week left off, Ryan went to visit Joe in prison because, as he said, it was “what he had to do” in order to put a stop to this Arthur Strauss killing spree. Ryan walked in and Joe, with a completely contented smile on his face, was the charming, charismatic Joe that we remember and approached Ryan with the same pseudo-friendship vibe that has been it’s trademarkÂ it from the beginning.
Joe: You’re looking very well, Ryan. The suit, the grooming and you’re back at the Bureau full time. And you haven’t fallen off of the wagon. Good for you. Yet there’s something else about you. There’s a lightness to you. Are you in love? Someone new?
Joe: You’ll share, eventually. What are you doing here, Ryan?
Ryan: This was a mistake, you can’t help me.
Joe: Oh please, spare me the theatrics, what’s in the folder?
Ryan: Arthur Strauss is missing.
Joe: Oh dear, oh dear, you are in such trouble
Ryan: He’s got no money, he’s got no ID, he can’t have traveled far. He was last seen in the vicinity of Redhook. Where do you think he’d go?
Joe: Why would I help you? What are you offering?
Ryan: What do you want?
Joe: Now I’ve made my peace with my predicament. But I’m concerned for you. Now I wonder if you are quite as prepared.
Ryan: For what?
Joe: Do I need to remind you, Ryan? When I die, you die.
Ryan: Don’t worry about me, Joe. I’ll be just fine once you’re gone.
Joe: So you say.
Ryan: What do you want?
Joe: I want us back
Ryan: Us? What us?
Joe: Well, you and me. Bantering, Laughing. Shedding a few tears. I’d like for you to come visit me every day until D-day. I think I deserve that much at least.
Ryan: You give me something on Strauss that pays off, I’ll come back
Joe: What did I do when all hope was lost? I reached out to the good doctor. My mentor and my ally. So I can only assume he might do the same thing. Now he touched many lives, I assume he would lean on a friend in the neighborhood in his hour of need. Tell me something, Ryan, yourÂ dreams, am I in them?
Yes! More bantering! More laughing! More shedding of tears! Okay, well, I don’t know about those last two, but the banter is more than enough for me. And I loveÂ that that’sÂ the only thingsÂ Joe wants. He could ask for anything at this point…well, maybe not anything, but he could aim higher…and yet, all he wants is visitsÂ withÂ Ryan. That is his “death wish”. Â I have no doubt he is doing this to taunt and torture RyanÂ a bit, but I also think that Joe truly feels the same pull and connection with Ryan that Ryan feels to him. However, I also think it’s interesting that while Joe revels in it, Ryan still repels in it.Â When I saw him being all cool and confident and doing the fake-out walkaway, I truly believed that he might have risen above his feelings towards Joe and been able to let go, which is why the sudden bathroom-stop after was such a great moment. He managed to keep it together and put on a good front when he was with Joe, but the second he was out of that room, everything came raging up (literally) and his true anxiety about the moment bubbled to the surface. That being said, as much as Ryan wants to deny it, Joe really does know him, which I think is a big part of why this affects him so much.Â I honestly can’t wait to see more of these two together as the season continues. Granted, I hope it’s more than we got this week, but at this point, I’ll take whatever I can get…especially with Joe’s execution date fast approaching.
So from our old villain to the new one. I have to admit, when I heard Michael Ealy was joining The Following, I was excited, because I like Michael Ealy. But I was also hesitant, because I wasn’t sure that he’s have the cold, calculating demeanor potentially needed for the role. He usually plays charming and charismatic and with his sparkling blue eyes, he plays it well. But I’m happy to say that I was wrong. He was cold, stone-faced and downright creepy. That first scene of TheoÂ hunting the man in the basement gave me the chills more than once. He didn’t even have to do anything besides stand there and glint the knife and you knew what was coming. And yet, the more we learned, the more terrifying he became.
Everything he did was robot-like in it’s precision and even before meeting Strauss, he had his killer-methodology down to a science. Upon discovering his plan to frame the other chatroom creeper for his mass murder, Strauss even complemented his work and encouraged him to continue.
Strauss: This is genius. You figured out a way to kill people and no one even knows you exist. Have you done this before?
Theo: Yes, but this was my first mass murder.
Strauss: Impressive. You must never blame yourself for your need to kill. You were born that way, like a shark and like a shark, you must stay beneath the water.
Theo: Like I’ve done here already.
Strauss: Yes, exactly, but you could’ve left him in another location so you wouldn’t have to rush back here before the police….Is there a way you’d like to kill him? Your own signature?
Theo: I like the immediacy of a gun. But the sound a blade makes when it cuts in to the flesh is so delicious. And the intimacy of strangulation is such a rush. Why limit myself? I want to master them all.
So, yes, killers seem to be a dime a dozen on this show. But what I find so interesting is how different TheoÂ is from Joe in one fundamental way. Rather than wanting to acquire a following and be praised and lauded for his mastery, he wants to stay in the shadows, to defer credit and to do this only for his own self-satisfaction. Yes, bothÂ killers, but the reason they kill and the way in which they do it make them like night and day.
That is also why I shouldn’t have been surprised when Theo took razor wire to Strauss neck when he exposed him, but I was! I was actually beyond surprised, I was downright flabbergasted. I mean, this man was like a father to Theo and the only thingÂ we’ve seen from followers thus far isÂ undying (or dying, depending on how you look at it) loyalty and obedience. So this brutal and very hands on killing totally threwÂ me for a loop. That being said, Strauss did warn TheoÂ not to let others draw him out of the “water” and in a twist of irony, that’s exactly what Strauss ended up doingÂ Strauss. Thus, he had to go and Theo had no problem turning a friendly embrace in to a fatal strangulation.
Theo: I owe you, but what you forced me to do, you exposed me. I don’t owe you that. A father is suppose to sacrifice for his children. But you were willing to sacrifice us all to save yourself. [Final strangulation] A shark is suppose to stay beneath the water, isn’t that you said to me?
Such a chilling scene. And I love how Daisy just stood their completely shocked and at a loss for what to do. She couldn’t fight, she couldn’t argue but she was so stunned that she couldn’t run. That was pretty much how I felt too. I honestly thought for a second that she might be next, but she wasn’t the one who put Theo in danger, so she survived to see another day.
Like I said before, Theo was cold, calculated and showed little to no emotion the entire episode, so when he walked in to the house at the end, clearly suspicious and listening for sound, I just assumed he was listening for an intruder, thinking he may have been outed by Strauss’ assignment.Â There’s no way he can be a normal guy with kids and a wife, right?! Wrong! I mean, part of me sensed that they might throw this at us, but it still shocked me when it happened. The second those kids whipped around the corner, he was like a different person. He was bright and bubbly, his eyes were sparkling and he was full of charm and charisma. A total family man. He could be your neighbor. Your coworker. The cute guy at the coffee shop. Unlike Neil, who also appeared to be a semi-normal individual (but let’s admit, was always a little on the odd side), Theo’s facade is the epitome of misleading. Honestly, this twist both amazes and horrifies me. I hate to think that all the charming, normal-looking familyÂ guys out thereÂ might actually be crazy killers.
So, now that we know who this season’s Big Bad will be, I have two other potential villains that I have to mention. First off, Gwen. I do not trust that “Doc” one bit. She is asking WAY too many questions and being WAY too nosey. Sure, she may be doing it because she loves Ryan and wants to be involved in every aspect of his life, but I know this show well enough to know that sheÂ could easily haveÂ something far more sinister up her sleeve. Plus, Ryan doesn’t exactly have much luck with the ladies and with relationships in general, so I’m definitely suspicious. And the other one is Max’s boyfriend. I don’t necessarily see him as being a follower or “in” on the greater evil, but the fact that he knows Mike’s secret and Mike is his rival for Max’s affection definitely doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. Hopefully, he has enough decencyÂ not to take down Mike, knowing that it will also implicate Max and besmirch the integrity of the FBI, but jealousy is a strong emotion and that look on his face definitely didn’t give me much hope. Plus this is The Following, so why stop atÂ one villain when you can have three?
Be sure to catch The Following Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Andrew Walker Talks Christmas Island and the Magical Hallmark Community
[Warning: Spoilers for Christmas Island.] Now that the Screen Actors Guild strike has been resolved, we’re able to resume regularly scheduled programming and interview our favorites and yours. Up first, earlier today, I spoke with Andrew Walker about Christmas Island, which premiered last weekend and encores tonight and through the…
George Olson and Danishka Esterhazy Talk SurrealEstate “I Put a Spell on You”
[Warning: Spoilers for the episode.] Tonight’s fun new SurrealEstate found Luke caught up in an especially bewitching woman, Kay, played by Tara Yelland, Susan trapped in her house, and Zooey learning the ropes. In the next part of my conversation with showrunner George R. Olson and producing director Danishka Esterhazy,…
Danishka Esterhazy Talks SurrealEstate: “The Butler Didn’t”
[Warning: General spoilers for the episode]. Tonight’s new SurrealEstate, “The Butler Didn’t,” follows the team as they investigate the years-earlier mysterious death of a woman whose ghost now reenacts her hanging by dropping over the banister from the second floor to terrify anyone on the landing or at the bottom…
Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders Talk the From Season 2 finale
[Warning: Spoilers for the season finale.] How’s everyone doing after that finale? While we wait and wonder and hope for a third season announcement, soon, here’s what Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders had to say about their parts of the finale, and where they hope they get to go next….
Scott McCord and Elizabeth Saunders Talk From Season 2 + A Season Finale Preview
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] It all comes down this, #FROMily. As Sunday’s episode wraps up Season 2, we begin with the aftermath of the terrifying onset of seemingly simultaneous attacks on Julie, Marielle, and Randall, which accelerate the “We gotta get out of this place” of it all. Sara comes…
Alison Sweeney Talks About What’s Next for Hannah and Mike After Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
[Warning: Spoilers for Carrot Cake Murder.] Everybody OK after that Hannah Swensen Mystery twist? Thankfully, our favorite crime-solving couple is still on speaking term, even if they’re on a break (hopefully not that kind of break). Most importantly, we already know this isn’t the last film in the series. No…
Counting Down to From Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] We’re just shy of two weeks away from Season 2 of last spring’s obsession, From, which premieres at 9 pm/8c, Sunday, April 23rd, on MGM+ (formerly EPIX). If you never picked it up last year, now’s your chance, and you can do it for free, catching…
Thank Me Later: Will Trent
[Warning: spoilers ahead.] I’m on record as loving and losing shows over at ABC so I’m usually very reticent to pick something up on the network until it’s been renewed, and I seriously hope I’m not jinxing it, but I took a chance on the deeply odd and very sweet…
Dennis Heaton Talks The Imperfects
Longtime readers at TV Goodness will know that Motive is one of my ride-or-die series, and as such, I am fiercely loyal to its creator, Dennis Heaton. He followed up that fantastic reverse procedural with Netflix’s The Order and is back on our streaming screens with The Imperfects, which dropped…
Kelly McCormack Talks Favorite Moments in A League of Their Own
[Warning: Mild spoilers for season 1.] Now that you’ve had a chance to watch A League of Their Own, here’s the rest of my chat with Kelly McCormack about her favorite moments of the season. Seeing the iconic Peaches uniforms for the first time wasn’t just a goosebump moment for…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…