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How do you make an already dismal show worse after a horrible first season? Make it dumber, much dumber. The first season of "The Following" wasn't smart, but at least Joe Carroll's pretentious literary natterings let Kevin Williamson pretend that the story was about something other than slick, hollow sadism and Kevin Bacon collecting a juicy, juicy network TV pay check. The second season tossed Edgar Allan Poe in the remaindered trash heap and meandered ludicrously for 15 episodes. You'd have to pick your own favorite time-killing narrative waste. Would it be Joe & Friends attempting to infiltrate a hilariously half-baked new cult? Or would it be anything involving the not-so-subtle commentary that a tele-evangelist preacher was the head of a cult of his own? Yeah, that was all bad, especially since it mean that Bacon's Ryan was doing almost nothing for most of the season. But I was more frustrated by the arc in which a character's previously unmentioned father was introduced for the sole purpose of being killed in front of him, pushing "The Following" from cheap torture porn to cheap misery porn. Oh and they killed off Emma, the only character I even vaguely liked. I never should have stuck with "The Following" through one season, but two? That's probably my fault.