The Following: The Complete Third Season
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Following, The: The Complete Third Season (DVD)
Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kevin Bacon (Ryan Hardy) stars with James Purefoy in this edge-of--your-seat thriller from creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson that follows a deadly cat-and-mouse pursuit between a former FBI agent (Bacon) and Purefoy, a diabolical serial killer. But Hardy, with the help of his NYPD niece Max and FBI agent Mike Weston never let up on their relentless pursuit -- even at the cost of losing family and loved ones in the struggle. With Joe Carroll once again behind bars, Lily Gray shot in cold blood by Mike Weston and Luke dead at the hands of Max Hardy, Ryan Hardy's conviction to forge a new life will be put to the test in the psychologically intense third season, when a new villain emerges from the shadows, proving to be even more insidious and dangerous than his former archenemy, Joe Carroll.]]>
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The third season is really about the ramifications of the events of season 2. It follows up months later with Joe in jail on death row , Mark on the run, and Dr. Strauss awaiting trial for kidnapping and attempted murder. Ryan is at a relatively stable time in his life, Max and Mike's relationship has become rather unstable and a new threat in the form of other Dr Strauss's acolytes pops up. The writers had a lot to tackle and put into a relatively few amount of episodes and for the most part did very well. Thankfully they gave up on having as much of the "is this person bad or good" that was an every week thing practically in season 1, and even to some extent in season 2. Yes there is some of that in this season, but it has toned way down.
You will still definitely have to suspend your disbelief about things that happen to advance the story on the show that would, if you know anything about the legal system, never happen in real life. For the first part of the season the main bad guys were Mark Gray and Dr. Strauss who was orchestrating a lot from prison. In the latter part of the season it was Theo Noble, another one of Dr Strauss's acolytes who was forced into the open. Michael Ealy did a great job with the character and the multiple personas he had to play. Unfortunately because the Joe Carroll story line had played itself out, James Purefoy was basically relegated to a recurring character status. I think there would have been ways for him to be able to do more, but that was not to be.
The season ends up being incomplete because the show was cancelled after the season had been shot. The show was clearly setting up for a 4th season, and in the extras the show runners were clearly anticipating a 4th season, so season 3 ends on a cliff hanger of sorts and sets things in a new direction that will never come to fruition. That is the biggest disappointment of the season.
For those who do get the discs, for extras there are deleted scenes for many, but not all of the episodes, a gag reel, a few behind the scenes features, the NY comic-con panel with one of the producers, Kevin Bacon and Shawn Ashmore, and a couple funny or die skits, including one with Kevin Bacon's wife that is pretty funny. Not tons of material, but good for what is there. If you get the blu ray discs, only the blu rays or included so you do not have to pay for DVDs too. The blu rays do not play in season mode though so if you stop in the middle of an episode you have to find your spot after going through the whole start up again. It is a minor point, but definitely a pain since it can easily be added in as a feature.
Please put pressure on the network executives to produce all the seasons necessary to eliminate all the major conspiracies of serial killers in the series .