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The Following season 2 episode 9 review: Unmasked

  • Den of Geek
Review Ron Hogan 19 Mar 2014 - 07:06

Camp and brain-rotting it may be, but The Following's second season is always entertaining. Here's Ron's review of Unmasked...

This review contains spoilers.

2.9 Unmasked

I have to say that the one thing missing from Joe's cult last season has been supplied this season thanks to Micah and Julia's little community of berobed killers in the making. It seems like all the classic cults, barring the Manson family, have had a serious religious bent. Joe's first cult was kind of Manson in its genesis, but its execution—a big house full of people and lots of bribery and whatnot of local officials—was more like something out of the Jonestown playbook. This season's cult, Aka Korban, provides some much-needed religious lunacy to go along with the compound setting that's apparently within a few minutes' drive of New York City.

The takeover's been pretty obvious from the beginning.
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The Following, Ep. 2.09, “Unmasked”: Praise Joe

The Following, Season 2, Episode 9, “Unmasked”

Written by Vincent Angell

Directed by Nicole Kassell

Airs Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

The Following figured out the best thing going for the second season a couple weeks ago and has been playing it up ever since- Joe’s (James Purefoy) manipulation of Micah (Jake Weber) is perfection, easily distracting from some of the episodes’ issues. Joe has always been at his best as a character when he has a group to control and an audience to play to. His final moments in “Unmasked” highlight this point to a terrifying degree.

Finding the FBI mole, Jana (Leslie Bibb), seemed to be a big deal but there was never enough attention paid to it; it seemed like once the information was out there, that it would have implications that would ripple through the rest of the season, but The Following has always had a
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The Following season 2 episode 2 review: For Joe

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Review Ron Hogan 29 Jan 2014 - 07:38

The Following is one of the most hateful, cruel shows on television and is all the better for it. Here's Ron's review...

This review contains spoilers.

2.2 For Joe

Last year's Edgar Allan Poe mask has become this year's Joe Carroll mask, and with the show's reduced interest in Poe's work and its increased interest in working Joe Carroll's magnum opus masterwork, The Following seems to actually have improved. Well, perhaps not improved, but it's a little different. As good as the Edgar Allan Poe masks were from the first season, there's nothing quite as creepy as the Joe Carroll masks sported by The Following's new twin Patricks Bateman. When Joe Carroll's dead-eyed face steps out from the shadows wielding a knife, looking just enough like James Purefoy to put the non-Joes into Uncanny Valley, it's one of the more disturbing things on network television.
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The Following, Ep. 2.02, “For Joe”: A certain helplessness

The Following, Season 2, Episode 2

Written by Vincent Angell

Directed by Joshua Butler

Airs Mondays at 9pm (Et) on Fox

Here’s the thing- The Following is crazy. Like eye-rolling, “you have got to be kidding me, did that just happen?” crazy. But for all the craziness and terrible law enforcement techniques, The Following is really, really fun. Last week’s premiere, “Resurrection”, was a great reintroduction to the show and a way to meet the new characters, but far and away the best moment was Joe’s reappearance at the end of the episode. “For Joe”, the second episode, is even better.

“Resurrection” was slightly confusing, because there was so much ground to cover and so many people to introduce, but “For Joe” is more tightly constructed, exciting, and it manages to answer a few more questions, chief among them, where exactly Joe (James Purefoy) has been hiding out for the last year.
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The Following episode 13 review: Havenport

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Review Ron Hogan 16 Apr 2013 - 07:45

This week's episode of The Following may be characteristically lacking in the logic department, but it is well-directed...

This review contains spoilers.

1.13 Havenport

The director of tonight's visit to the fine men and women of the FBI is Nicole Kassell. You may recognize that name (but probably not) from the Kevin Bacon film The Woodsman. I can't help but think Bacon got her this gig. If so, then it worked out for both of them, because this was one of the better episodes of The Following in recent memory. Not that it was without its crazy leaps of logic (thanks to writers Vincent Angell and David Wilcox), but it was at least well-shot craziness. This is the show's most successful use of chiaroscuro shading; it's dark in a key action sequence, but not so dark you can't tell what happens. That's a big improvement for the show,
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Film Review: ‘Stand by Love’

It’s going to be a bumpy flight for two ex-lovers who are accidentally seated next to each other on a plane in “Stand by Love,” Alexandre Castagnetti’s glossy, cliched French romantic comedy adapted from a screenplay by Yank thesp-scribe Vincent Angell (2009 TV series “The Beast”). On her way back from New York, an about-to-be-married sculptress, played by a vivacious Ludivine Sagnier, has to spend hours talking with a debonair cad she once dated, prompting a severe case of recurring flashback-itis. Though uneven, the pic should coast to respectable numbers locally and see some offshore action.

A Gotham-set prologue somewhat crudely telegraphs what auds need to know about the characters: Antoine (Nicolas Bedos, in his first starring role) is a handsome but heartless Casanova — he wakes up handcuffed in a sea of empty bottles and nameless babes — and Julie (Sagnier) is a cutesy yet earthy Zooey Deschanel type (except French,
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Cory Concoff Joins The Collective

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Manager/producer Cory Concoff has joined management company The Collective. Concoff, who comes from independent management and production company Fuel Filmworks, brings with him such clients as writers Vincent Angell (The Beast), Jason Richman (Detroit 187) and Jason Cahill (Fringe); writer/director Larry Golin (Cross Bronx); and actress Sarah Habel (Whip It). Concoff served as an executive producer on A&E's The Beast and as a producer on indie Cross Bronx. He was previously an agent at UTA for five years and a partner at the Bauer Co. The Collective has been in expansion mode over the past 2 years, adding a half-dozen managers.
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Beast Producer: Swayze Is a "Tough Son of a Bitch"

Patrick Swayze's new cop drama, The Beast, made its television debut Thursday night on A&E, and according to the show's producers and co-creators, Bill Rotko and Vincent Angell, there's a good chance the cancer-stricken actor may back for a second season.

"He's doing good, and he'll be getting out of the hospital soon," Rotko told gossip site These Boots Are Made for Stalking while attending a private screening of the show in Chicago Wednesday. "He has pneumonia. It is not that serious. It was more of a precautionary move. He missed ...

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The Beast Bosses Want Swayze For Second Season

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The Beast Bosses Want Swayze For Second Season
Bosses of Patrick Swayze's new TV show The Beast are hopeful the star will be well enough to film a second series, despite battling pancreatic cancer.

The actor has been bravely fighting the deadly disease for a year, and continued filming the cop show while he was undergoing chemotherapy.

He was hospitalised with pneumonia last week but bosses on the show are sure Swayze will make a quick recovery - and are keen to sign the star up for a second run of the show, which premiered in America on Thursday.

Producer Bill Rotko tells gossip site These Boots Are Made for Stalking, "It is not that serious. It was more of a precautionary move.

"He's doing good, and he'll be getting out of the hospital soon. He's a tough son of a b**ch. We're hoping he'll be back for a second season!"

Rotko was impressed by the star's positive work ethic - he only missed two days of filming during the five-month long shoot and did all of his own stunts.

And the producer insists Swayze worked harder on the show than anyone else: "I was tired before him."

The Dirty Dancing star has been in constant contact with the show's bosses - and even told producer Vincent Angell he was proud of his achievements in filming the show.

Angell adds: "I spoke to him right before I came to Chicago last night. He's great. He sounds great. He is proud of what he's done."

Patrick Swayze & Wife Are 'Each Other's Rocks'

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Patrick Swayze's colleagues on his new TV series "The Beast" say the actor had a secret weapon during filming while he was also undergoing chemotherapy treatments -- his wife Lisa. "They're a creative partnership," the show's co-creator Vincent Angell tells People magazine about Lisa's constant support on the set. "After takes, he would go talk to the director, and then go talk to his wife, and say, 'What do you think?' And she would lean in his ear," adds co-creator Bill Rotko, "They're each other's rocks." "I think we were all very moved by the closeness and humor of their relationship," "The Beast" producer John Romano tells People. The producers said that Lisa, 52, accompanied Patrick, 56, to work every day during filming and while he was undergoing regular chemotherapy sessions for pancreatic cancer. "The Beast" tells the story of an unorthodox FBI vet (Swayze) training his new partner --
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Pals: Patrick & Lisa Swayze Are 'Each Other's Rocks'

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Adamant about filming his new series The Beast while undergoing chemotherapy, Patrick Swayze had a secret weapon on the Chicago set to help him through: his wife Lisa. "I think we were all very moved by the closeness and humor of their relationship," Beast producer John Romano tells People in its latest cover story, on sale Friday. Accompanying her husband, 56, to work every day during the workweek while he was undergoing regular chemotherapy sessions for pancreatic cancer, Lisa, 52, had a tremendous influence on Swayze's work. "He has said she's half responsible for the creation of [Charles] Barker," says Beast co-creator Vincent Angell
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Patrick Swayze, Chicago Setting Work Together in Promising ‘The Beast’

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Chicago – Patrick Swayze shines in A&E’s down-and-dirty “The Beast,” a show about deep undercover agents that uses its Chicago setting as well as any show in recent memory. Chicago is regularly the setting for television and film productions, but rarely has it been as much a part of the overall fabric of the show as it is on “The Beast,” one of the more promising dramas of the new year.

A&E’s new drama is about going so deep undercover that not only does identity get blurry but so does motive and even sanity. The pilot script from writer William Rotko (“Breach”) and Vincent Angell occasionally stretches credulity, but Swayze and the excellent quality of the production make for an immensely watchable thriller.

Patrick Swayze in The Beast.

Photo credit: Michael Muller

Swayze plays FBI veteran Charles Barker, an expert undercover agent with some hazy boundaries, and
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A&E tells tale of two pilots

A&E Network has handed out cast-contingent pilot orders to two scripted series projects tentatively titled The Beast and The Cleaner.

The pickups follow on the heels of the recently announced cast-contingent pilot order for Danny Fricke.

Beast, from Sony Pictures Television, is executive produced by Allan Loeb and Steven Pearl for Scarlet Fire Films (New Amsterdam) and Cory Concoff (Beltway) for Fuel Filmworks. The project centers on an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran who trains a new partner in his hard-edged, psychologically clever style while being pursued by a secret Internal Affairs team.

The script was written by William Rotko (Breach, Beltway) and Vincent Angell (Stand by Love), who also will serve as co-executive producers.

Cleaner, from CBS Paramount Network Television, is written and executive produced by Robert Munic (For Life) and Jonathan Prince (Cane).

The project, based on a real-life extreme interventionist, centers on William, a man who feels that helping others is his calling. After hitting rock bottom during the birth of his twins, William strikes up a tentative deal with God, kicks his addictions and dedicates his life to helping others do the same.

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