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Chapter Two 

At a sorority house one of Joe Carroll's acolytes, Jordy, has killed several young women. Joe Carroll's wife visits him demanding to know where their son can be found. She admits to a two ... See full summary »

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At a sorority house one of Joe Carroll's acolytes, Jordy, has killed several young women. Joe Carroll's wife visits him demanding to know where their son can be found. She admits to a two month affair with Ryan but it was after his trial and their divorce. It doesn't quite go as planned. Flashbacks reveal how Carroll recruited some of his followers from his classes including Emma, his son's current nanny. Flashbacks also reveal Emma's difficult relationship with her overbearing mother. The FBI trace Emma to an old address and realize Carroll is using Poe's works as the basis for a religious cult. They also find a dead body. Jordy pays a visit to Joe's wife. Written by garykmcd

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Ryan mispronounces the name of the Poe story "The Cask of Amantillado". See more »

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Chapter Two is in need of a re-write
2 February 2013 | by (Western Australia) – See all my reviews

After the exciting thought-provoking pilot, I'm afraid to say that this follow-up episode is a major let down. The episode is plagued with poor character development that is the direct result of an underdeveloped script & constant annoying flashbacks that explain very little. It seems like there is a distinct possibility that the rest of the series will follow a formulaic pattern whereby Ryan Hardy goes from one macabre crime scene to the next without much direction (at least until there is a big reveal). This series is in serious danger of falling into an 'intellectual wasteland' where the writers just invent new plot points as they go. It's hard to understand the motivations of Joe Carroll & his cult followers. Is Carroll controlling their minds? Are they aware of their actions? What is the point of all these random killings? The series is hinting on some overarching plan by Carroll but this episode does nothing to explain or uncover this. The whole premise of this show would have worked far better as a standalone episode in a sci-fi show like the X-files rather than a whole drawn-out series like this one. Carroll would have been characterized as a mind-reading psychopath crossed between Charles Manson, Hannibal Lector & Sutter Cane. Fox & Scully would have had a field day out!

Another annoying point I must make about this episode is the unscrupulous effort by the writers to include a villainous gay couple who may or may not be faking it in order to win the trust of Carroll's target victims. What were they thinking? This is offensive on so many levels but what else can you expect from Fox? I'm hoping the next episode isn't just another rehash of the pilot & gives us more clarity about Carroll's intentions (however far-fetched they may be). If anything will keep me coming back to this show, it will be the interactions between Kevin Bacon & James Purefoy. They are the perfect casting choices for their respective roles but even they won't be able to save this show if we get too many episodes like this one.

2.5/5


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