The Following (2013)


vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h58m38s67Heterosexual European male protagonist (middle) slept with the serial killer’s wife. Accentuate with token African male agent and token Eurasian female agent (with a European surname).

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h59m08s112Intelligent (PhD professor) European male serial killer with natural erotic appeal. How many historical serial killers fit this profile?

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h58m14s62Two heterosexuals aiding the serial killer successfully pretend to be stereotypical homosexual buddies to a heterosexual female character.

vlcsnap-2013-01-26-13h56m29s65For another dash of tokenism, a stereotypical female East Asian TV news reporter.

vlcsnap-2013-01-27-22h09m35s97Elderly African agent who is conformist and temporarily hinders the good European protagonist from finding the serial killer.

Overall: This series premier is dark, depressing and has a potentially dangerous storyline.

Update: 2013-03-10


vlcsnap-2013-02-05-14h54m00s160One of the two pretend homosexual males is identified (in season 2) as Paul Torres and is thus being coded as Latino. He goes to a store and flirts with an East Asian female clerk Megan. Predictably, she flirts back.

vlcsnap-2013-02-05-14h58m42s173They meet after work where she states that she only wants to flirt and not have sex. He however, knocks her out and carries her home to perhaps be his sex toy (this is implied through the sexual nature of their initial interaction).

vlcsnap-2013-03-10-19h26m49s215The African agent (seen in the first pic) gets his throat slit and dies. The token Eurasian female agent only appears in the premier and never re-appears. The token African male however, stays around long enough to be the sacrificial minority (literally) dying for the European stars. Thus the cost of being a token is that you can stay for three episodes and get killed stereotypical style or appear for one episode and disappear stereotypical style.

vlcsnap-2013-02-05-15h01m18s189Seems now that the pretend homosexuals are bisexuals. So we have two previous heterosexuals who through pretend homosexuality become bisexual. Sexuality bending, what will Hollywood think of next?

Update: 2013-03-17


vlcsnap-2013-03-17-22h56m38s198African female lawyer gets strangled by chief European protagonist baddie.


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