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Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

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The Girls Who Code club met together in Sierra Hall, on Friday, Sept. 15, in Northridge, Calif. Club members played around with a program to create a virtual game.
The CSUN club that’s encouraging women in STEM
Miya Hantman, Reporter • September 18, 2023

CSUN’s Girls Who Code club is just one of many across many campuses and countries, including 110 in...

Students form a crowd for DJ Mal-Ski on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023 in Northridge, Calif.
Matador Nights carnival makes a splash at the USU
Ryan Romero, Sports Editor • September 21, 2023

The University Student Union hosted “Matador Nights” on Sept. 8 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The...

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Women’s Soccer has Closed the Competitive Gap
Luis Silva, Reporter • September 19, 2023

There is no longer a significant competitive gap in the sport of women’s soccer. There is a brighter...

The line for concert merchandise on the second night of The Eras Tour in Paradise, Nev., on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
My experience at The Eras Tour
Miley Alfaro, Sports Reporter • September 18, 2023

It’s been a long time coming. I began watching The Eras Tour, Taylor Swift’s ongoing concert trek,...

Within the Oaxacan town of Asuncion Nochixtlan, we find my mother’s birthplace, Buena Vista. Photo taken July 29, 2023.
I Love Being Mexican
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A student holds up a sign during a rally outside of the CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach, Calif., on Sept. 12, 2023.
CSU board approves tuition increase amid protests
Trisha Anas, Editor in Chief • September 15, 2023

The California State Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved a 6% tuition increase for the next five...

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New show ‘The Following’ may be worth following

New show The Following may be worth following
Kevin Bacon plays a former FBI agent after an escaped serial killer in “The Following.” Courtesy of Warner Bros.

An obsession with Edgar Allen Poe, empty eye sockets, lots of scars, puddles of blood, and a pile of dead puppies. This is Fox’s new mid-season crime thriller show “The Following.” It’s an entertaining show with an interesting premise and what’s been shown so far leaves me wanting a whole lot more.

The story starts with gory prison escape and we are introduced to Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) a serial killer with a penchant for romantic horror like Edgar Allen Poe. In his former life he murdered 14 girls before being caught by a grizzled FBI profiler, Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon).

While the story mostly takes place in the present, flashbacks are used to flesh out the horrific world of Carroll and his victims and accomplices. Without getting to spoilery, there is a creepy cascade of followers that has formed around Carroll during his time prison. Think of the Manson Family but larger and much more organized. They want to murder for him and in his name.

This is where some of the plot requires a suspension of belief. When stories become convoluted, we often have to step back and just enjoy the spectacle. While there are some stumbles into implausibility, most noticeably, some really inept police protection, the show is anchored by a stellar cast.

Most noticeable is Kevin Bacon. He hasn’t had a recurring role on television since the soap opera, Guiding Light, in the 80’s and it’s nice to get a taste of Bacon every week.

Kevin Williamson is the creator and he combines his two best previous ventures, serial killers (“Scream”) and serialized television (“Dawson’s Creek”). The result is a mash-up of witty dialogue and vicious, stabbing homicides.

Further down the line, the show may run into some of the same issues that exist in modern television shows. They have a great story idea and the premise is solid, but where do they go when the novelty has worn off? Hopefully, it’s not to far off the crazy train and the tracks. Overall, “The Following” is definitely worth following.

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