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Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by Sixto, Jan 21, 2013.
I think you need new friends.
Indeed. Can't agree more.
Yes. I really looked forward to this how but it's too much for me to handle. Had to stop watching early on. We watched a new PBS British police drama series, DCI Banks. The story line was just as tragic yet they handled the gore and violence in a much less "in your face" approach. We'll give the second eposoide of The Following" a try. Hopefully it will be okay.
Some people live in a bubble. Too gruesome? Try life then, it's much worse.
It was for me. Wow, it is pretty far out on the edge. Not sure if I will watch it again.
Worse than The Walking Dead?
My wife and I really liked it. It offers some of the feel of "The Killing."
Gruesome? Many "Criminal Minds" episodes and episodes of other shows are just as or more so. Many people are just queasy about getting stabbed in the eye - hence, the focus on Poe's take on the eye. But getting stabbed in the gut is not less gruesome.
Ironically, the LA Times' Carolyn Kellogg writes about this show incorrectly interpreting Poe. Of course, she is equally wrong about it when she says: "The show's core idea of a serial killer came long after Poe himself. Poe died in 1849, and the term serial killer took hold more than 100 years later, after midcentury murder sprees by the likes of John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy.'
The term "serial killer" may be newer but it's definition describes criminal activity that has been recorded in the Western World at least since the 16th Century. We just didn't classify criminal activity using that term until after the science of psychology developed and became accepted in the early 20th Century.
But I digress. Returning to Poe, and the eye, let me quote someone else:
This was a well-written, well-directed, and well-acted pilot. Without becoming heavy-handed we were given a lot of knowledge about the primary characters.
I'm looking forward to future episodes.
I watched it last night and will continue doing so, very good story so far.. And as far as broadcasting it late at night, we live in a BIG BROTHER America and here are their TV rating rules http://www.tvguidelines.org/
You recorded the show. Are you going to wait until after 11PM to watch it?
This is where we part ways. The directing was amateurish, and used every heavy-handed slasher-film cliche in the toolkit, including startling for shock value and jacking up the volume at that point to try to knock the viewer out of their chair. At least 3 times. That is only a pale imitation of good directing or true entertainment. The "M" episode of Elementary last week is a good example of how much better this sort of story can be handled.
But it is also well known that FOX and others force the creators to shoehorn that sort of stuff in, so maybe now that the pilot did mildly better than Alcatraz or Terra Nova, and significantly better than Mob Doctor, they will lay off that. If they don't, and if this doesn't get a lot better quickly, those ratings will go down at least by one viewer.
But hey, other than that, I agreed with most of your post, which was the best post here so far.
Interesting discourse as a result of what I thought was captivating escapism which is after all what a good show is to me.
A bit gruesome I would say, likely never get my wife to watch it for sure but seriously "grabbing the pitchforks" is a GREAT way to create interest in the many who missed it. Publicity that is controversial will generate more interest in the show than the network could ever buy.
I would suspect the gruesome "hook" will dissipate as the show finds its pulse (if allowed). Yeah it had some of the genre cliche stuff but really what new is there anymore? (Rocky 97 (the Rest Home Chronicles))? :nono:
Don "Right now it remains on my series record" Bolton
I recorded it, and am trying not to read the comments posted here. That is, until I have watched the show !
I have little to contribute except that it was WAY too over-the-top graphic and gruesome for me. I didn't make it through the pilot, and I deleted the SP for it.
I gotta say I watched the whole Pilot with my wife and not only did we love it, it never even really occurred to either one of us that it was too graphic or violent or anything of that nature. Maybe that's because some of our other favorites are Walking Dead, Dexter, Boardwalk Empire, Criminal Minds and CSI (and yes, I know some of those are on Premium channels). I didn't see anything in The Following that I haven't seen before and to be honest, the language in shows like 2 Broke Girls and The B**** bother me much more than anything I saw in The Following.
This one goes into my Who Cares category. as I'll probably spend more time on the Internet then watching it.
I can only imagine that the people claiming it is too gruesome have spent most of their adult lives watching made-for-tv movies on the Hallmark Channel or reruns of Matlock.
Same here, not more graphic then what's been on TV the past 10+ years
Nope. Got the chance to see it tonight.