The Following: Probably the most intense, heart-pumping episode of the season, the recently renewed Fox drama saw Kevin Bacon’s Agent Ryan Hardy being held hostage after being caught by kidnappers and cult followers Emma, Jacob, and Paul during an attempt to rescue Claire’s son Joey. While being held hostage, the farmhouse they are in is surrounded by FBI agents and local officials, and Ryan begins to work at tearing the trio of cultists apart. This episode was also great because viewers got a deeper glance into Annie Parisse’s Agent Debra Parker, and how she came to be an expert in cult activity and psychology. This episode showcased the overwhelming strength of the show’s character development and amazing story, and we here at On Request Magazine are thrilled that this amazing new drama will return for a second season next year.
Cult: The new CW drama that follows in a familiar cult-like story much like Fox’s The Following aired its second episode this past week, and the mystery surrounding Billy Grimm continued to unfold. As investigative reporter Jeff Sefton delved deeper into the allure of the show and his brother’s mysterious disappearance, he looked into the woman who killed herself before his eyes in the pilot episode, finding a husband who looked more frightened than upset, and a possible dirty cop who may or may not be in on this cult acting out crimes based on the hit television show ‘Cult’. Following clues within the television show and trying desperately to get closer to finding the man playing Billy Grimm, Jeff finds a world of mystery, fear, and blood waiting for him. This is definitely a great new show, and hopefully can continue to delve into this deep mythology and keep the balance between the real world activity and the show within the show look.
Arrow: The latest episode of this years best new drama found Oliver racing to stop the deadly Deadshot, an assassin he thought he had killed, from killing his best friend Tommy’s father. As he tried to find a balance between his new budding romance with detective McKenna Hall and protecting his friends father. The entire episode left us waiting on the edge of our seat, for we got to see multiple sides of this event, from the relationship between Tommy and his father, Oliver’s relationship with Hall and their investigations into the same assassination attempt, (unbeknownst to Hall), and the look at who hired Deadshot and his handler, China White. The show ended with two shocking revelations, and left fans everywhere crying out in anger when the show ended with another cliffhanger, (anger in a good way though). This episode really goes out to another great performance from Stephen Amell, (Arrow, Oliver Queen), and Colin Donnell’s Tommy Merlyn.
Nikita: The CW’s hit spy thriller really upped the ante this week when Nikita and her team captured Ari Tasarov, a former Russian agent who has been working with former Division handler turned big time villain Amanda. When they bring Ari in, they learn that Amanda has used him to fund another one of her plots to bring Nikita down, and so Nikita and the gang must find a way to get the information they need out of Ari before more innocent people are killed. This episode was a stellar performance from Maggie Q’s Nikita, who found herself traveling down a dark road and forcing herself to do bad things in order to stop more people from getting killed. The new development into her character gave her one of her best performances of the season, and we hope that we get yet another season of this amazing show so that we can continue to delve deeper into the ever evolving character of Nikita.
House of Lies: This weeks best Showtime show goes to Don Cheadle’s House of Lies, where his character, Marty Kaan, finds himself questioning his place with the company he works with, and how the view him. When he learns that his latest client has dirty business dealings that would leave him accountable, Marty goes on a journey to fix the situation and get the upper hand against his bosses. The episode really did a great job of delving into the relationship between Marty and Kristen Bell’s Jeannie, a member of his group of consultants. The mystery of the season has been to remember what happened one drunken night, and whether their relationship has changed at all. The complicated history between them and their various faults and character flaws made for a great episode.