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i never got hooked on korean novelas. i don’t know why. i remember watching maria la del barrio every day way back in college only because the whole house would tune in to it and i had no choice. my love affair with US tv shows/series started with friends, i think! then there was how i met your mother, prison break, CSI, criminal minds, modern family, and now the following.
what is it about serial killers?? they’re sure fun to watch haha! this particular series is about a former college professor, joe carroll, who taught the works of edgar allan poe and killed young women in the gothic hero’s honor—until he got caught. since then he’s been spending hours on a computer in the prison library, building a social network of copycat killers who hang on his every command. When the series begins, he’s just escaped from death row with help from those followers, and the FBI calls in former agent ryan hardy who brought down joe the first time (and has since written a book on joe)—to consult on the case. ryan, played by kevin bacon, now finds himself in the middle of a HUGE network of serial killers, when a diabolical serial killer uses his charisma and the internet to create the network. (wikipedia, with some edits by moi)
more from wikipedia:
Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy, a former FBI agent who, in 2003, led the FBI team that captured serial killer Joe Carroll. Although placed on disability after being stabbed in the heart by Carroll, requiring him to use a pacemaker, Hardy is called back to service as a consultant after Carroll escapes from prison. Hardy has also written a true crime book on the Joe Carroll case entitled “The Poetry of a Killer”.
James Purefoy as Dr. Joe Carroll, an ex-professor of English literature with a focus on the romantic period at Winslow University, and a budding novelist. Believing, like his hero Edgar Allan Poe, in the “insanity of art”, he initially began to make “art” by eviscerating 14 female students. In prison (Virginia Central Penitentiary, Waverly, Virgina), Carroll gathers a cult-likecollection of followers, who are willing to murder, kidnap, and even sacrifice themselves in order to execute his plan of revenge focused on Ryan Hardy.
Natalie Zea as Dr. Claire Matthews, Joe Carroll’s ex-wife, who also had a relationship with Ryan Hardy. Like her ex-husband, she is a college professor.
Annie Parisse as Debra Parker, an FBI specialist on cult behavior, and head of the Bureau’s Alternative Religion Unit. Parker is called in to head the investigation of Carroll and his followers.
Shawn Ashmore as Mike Weston, a young FBI agent. Weston wrote his thesis on Joe Carroll while in training and sees Ryan Hardy as a hero. He is considered the team’s expert on Joe Carroll.
Valorie Curry as Emma Hill/Denise Harris, a fan of Joe Carroll. Emma Hill meets Dr. Carroll at a book reading in 2003, and ends up becoming one of his first followers. She later, at his direction, takes the position as the Nanny, Denise Harris, in Carroll’s ex-wife’s household, caring for Carroll’s only son, Joey Matthews.
Nico Tortorella as Jacob Wells/Will Wilson. Jacob Wells is Emma Hill’s lover and another of Carroll’s followers. As Will Wilson he and Billy Thomas lived next door to Sarah Fuller (the woman who got away from Carroll) as a gay couple as part of their cult activities.
Adan Canto as Paul Torres/Billy Thomas. As Billy Thomas (with Will Wilson) he lived next door to Sarah Fuller. As Paul Torres he has to share Jacob with Emma, and is unhappy with the relationship, often referred to as a “third wheel.”
Kyle Catlett as Joey Matthews, Joe Carroll and Claire Matthews’ son.
Billy Brown as Agent Troy Riley, an FBI agent killed in “The Poet’s Fire” by one of Carroll’s followers.
Steve Monroe as Jordy Raines, a prison guard at Virginia Central Penitentiary and serial killer in training. Raines was instrumental in Carroll’s Internet contact with his followers while in prison, as well as his subsequent escape. Raines killed three sorority girls on the Winslow University campus before being captured by Hardy and the FBI and subsequently committing suicide in the prison infirmary.
are you interested yet??? 😀 the thrill here is that you’ll never know who “the followers” are! they turn up at the right moment! like the kidnapping of joe’s son, joey, was done by his nanny of 2 years. even joe’s last victim (well, before he killed his lawyer just recently) didn’t know she was friends with his followers! joe’s prison warden was another follower who killed himself after he thought he betrayed joe by giving the FBI some info. how did he die? he ate his own bandages until he suffocated while being strapped to a hospital bed. weird!
during the kidnapping of joey, emma, jacob and paul hid in a farm house in a little town. the police woman helping the FBI turned out to be a follower and shot mike weston in the process. some followers managed to disguise themselves as FBI agents and shot other agents in order to save the jacob and paul. they’re absolutely everywhere!
hay naku watch the series now! it’s addicting in a very good way. kevin bacon still rocks! 🙂