Friday, February 15, 2013


When Paul joined Emma and Jacob in the shower at the end of this weeks The Following, a complicated relationship took an even more emotional turn.

I generally turn off most television crime shows. To me, life is violent enough without watching fellow human beings being mutilated and tortured during the evening. I did however try out The Following, mostly to see what brought Kevin Bacon to television. The show is indeed incredibly violent, but thus far the complex characters have kept me watching.

The core relationship in the Kevin Williamson drama is of course that of Kevin's character with serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy). Joe's ability to get into the heads of others, has to me, led to the most interesting element of the show, his followers.

Nico Tortorella and Adan Canto Play Paul and Jacob, two of Joe's followers, who for a time posed as a gay couple as part of Joe's plan to get closer to Ryan's (Bacon) family. Problem is, one of them took the role a bit more seriously and got a little method with their part. Throw in 'nanny' Emma (Valorie Curry) and you have one of televisions most interesting throuples! This week's shower scene was both erotic and an intensely emotional end for Paul who just completed Emma's deadly test.

Adan Canto

Nico Tortorella
TV Guide feature on the Shower


Tyroga said...

Really? I didn't see their shower scene as erotic. Unless the feed I saw was edited. It was a pivotal moment in the relationship of the three, but erotic, I do t think we saw the same thing.

Also pretty sure Paul didn't successfully do anything. He didn't kill the girl did he? I think I have to go back and watch it again because I think the last thing he says before going into the shower is something like "I'm sorry, I couldn't"

TyeBriggs said...

I certainly saw it as emotional and pivotal Tyroga, but to me, also intensly erotic. Erotic, not sexual.

My use of successful might have been misused as I was saying he completed making his decision, which was his struggle throughout the episode.