The Following is good. Damned good. I'm almost finished with the first season of this Kevin Bacon vehicle, and I love everything from the premise (Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy, is a charismatic, Poe-obsessed serial killer who uses his genius to create a flock of followers to do his bidding while he rots in prison) to a deep exploration of the cast (including the followers) to the downright cleverness of the plot (Caroll sees everything as a narrative, with rising and falling
action, etc.). As a picky TV viewer, I had high hopes for this show, and so far it is delivered in every way...except one.
All the good guys, however screwed up they may be, are seen either pursuing monogamous relationships, expressing socially acceptable interest in the opposite sex, or expressing no interest whatsoever. Even Ryan Hardy (Bacon), who has a longstanding romantic interest with Joe Carroll's former wife, adheres to these standards, demonstrating a noticeable discomfort with the prospect of having a relationship with a serial killer's ex. Basically, the "deviant" behavior of the protagonist -- made clear by the fact that he refuses to disclose or discuss it with anyone else -- is never shown with the same phobic gaze that pervades the LGBT scenes. His romantic interests aren't the sorts of things expected of his sexual persuasion, and he damn well knows it (it's almost as if he's having an affair and, naturally, doesn't want anyone else to know about it; he sort of gets over this over time, though).
And that's all I've got to say on this subject (for now).
: I started watching this show months and months ago, so this post is about something I noticed at about the sixth episode. It's an old thought, but still a relevant one, I think.