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David Bianculli on the violence in the new series The Following starring Kevin Bacon:

I’m a big fan of Dexter, and Homeland, so TV violence in itself doesn’t throw me. But there’s something about The Following that pushes the envelope, especially for broadcast television, in a way that’s more than a little unsettling. Not only does it find ways to put children and young women into jeopardy at almost every opportunity, but it stages many scenes of torture and killing through the eyes of Joe Carroll’s eager followers.
These scenes show these young people enjoying the act of stabbing, or setting on fire, or otherwise murdering someone, almost like a how-to primer. Yes, they’re the villains — but the way these moments are acted, photographed and edited made me feel uneasy about the possible real-world consequences. The violence is overtly glamorized here.

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I watched it last night, and was underwhelmed. The acting was good (Bacon better than the rest) and the story was typical TV cop spoon-fed cheese, but the violence and gore was over the top. The blood served no real purpose other than to shock, which made it offensive to me. It would’ve been far more effective had the graphic death scenes actually added to the story line rather than detracting from it.

nprfreshair:

David Bianculli on the violence in the new series The Following starring Kevin Bacon:

I’m a big fan of Dexter, and Homeland, so TV violence in itself doesn’t throw me. But there’s something about The Following that pushes the envelope, especially for broadcast television, in a way that’s more than a little unsettling. Not only does it find ways to put children and young women into jeopardy at almost every opportunity, but it stages many scenes of torture and killing through the eyes of Joe Carroll’s eager followers.

These scenes show these young people enjoying the act of stabbing, or setting on fire, or otherwise murdering someone, almost like a how-to primer. Yes, they’re the villains — but the way these moments are acted, photographed and edited made me feel uneasy about the possible real-world consequences. The violence is overtly glamorized here.

Image via NPR

I watched it last night, and was underwhelmed. The acting was good (Bacon better than the rest) and the story was typical TV cop spoon-fed cheese, but the violence and gore was over the top. The blood served no real purpose other than to shock, which made it offensive to me. It would’ve been far more effective had the graphic death scenes actually added to the story line rather than detracting from it.

  1. gracebello reblogged this from nprfreshair and added:
    Hmm! I may have to check this show out.
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  3. wayzoftheworld said: Impressed
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  5. amusingpuzzle reblogged this from nprfreshair and added:
    I honestly have to agree, some of these shows are desensitizing people to violence
  6. insanecorgi reblogged this from nprfreshair and added:
    I DVR’d this last night and just tried to watch it. I was ok with the human violence but when it got to the dog torture,...
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  10. sarahjowells reblogged this from nprfreshair and added:
    agreed. That show was NOT ok. yuck.
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    I watched it last night, and was underwhelmed. The acting was good (Bacon better than the rest) and the story was...
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