"We're not bad people,but we did a bad thing."
My review of the Netflix series Bloodline, will not reveal secrets but will outline the overall arc of the story.
Bloodline is a Netflix original, that benefits greatly from where it takes place. In this case, the Florida Keys is the setting, and with its frequent wind, rain, and humidity, it wonderfully augments this very compelling drama about the Rayburn family, who own a resort where the parents: Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally (Sissy Spacek) run it and are very respected in the community. Three of their four remaining kids help out, even though, each has their own profession.
John (Kyle Chandler) is a county sheriff, who all the siblings look up to. He seems to be a very good man, and John is well thought of in his community. Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) is the hothead, substance-abusing brother, who owns a boatyard. Meg (Linda Cardellini) is the family attorney who is cheating on her long term boyfriend Marco (Enrique Murciano) who is John’s police partner. Then, there comes the prodigal son Danny (the riveting Ben Mendelson) who returns for a family celebration and gets everybody nervous with the wake of trouble he leaves everywhere, and the old wounds that he starts opening up.
Netflix has really turned out a gripping and completely engrossing series that I hadn't the problem getting through in no time. All of the actors are very good, but the standouts for me are ( Chandler), who is a man trying to do the right thing, and seems to fight an inner demon, (Shepard), perfect as the man of few words matriarch, with a twitch in his eye, hinting at past secrets, and truly (Mendelson), who’s demeanor goes from somewhat innocent, to menacing at the drop of a hat. He is the rock in this show. You are given flashbacks and flash-forwards as the show goes along, and as the pieces come together, you will be thrilled and surprised at where this takes you. The shocking ending of the first season had me wanting to see more from the family that was good but did a very bad thing.
I can’t wait for next season.
I was a little worried about where Bloodline would go after last season's shattering "What the fuck do we do now," ending.
So, Bloodline is in its third and final season, and I can't help but think
I have finished Bloodline, and I can't deny that I was a little disappointed. The fact that Netflix cut this series short, making the third season its last instead of the planned 5-6, shows in its somewhat disjointed last few episodes. What does still work, and the reason you should watch is the stellar acting by the performers, especially (Kye Chandler) who is a shoe-in for an Emmy nomination again. I also loved that they brought back Danny (Ben Mendelson) in the last two episodes, as he still haunts John ruthlessly. (Norbert Leo Butz), who has a very tricky role here; playing the doofus, loudmouth, pain in the ass Kevin, shows some serious acting chops, as a man who has accepted what he has done, is willing to move on, but is not allowed to. I am also a bit confused about Meg, as she is hardly shown at all toward the end. Was this a scheduling problem? I know a show like this, is not the kind that ties things up in a big bow at the end and satisfying all, but I really felt this last season towards the conclusion, would have been better suited for more time. Nevertheless, I would still recommend watching Bloodline and it's three seasons, for stellar acting, an incredible sense of mood and place that it transports you too, and high production values, with a great array of talented directors. It also has a kickass opening credit beach timelapse credit sequence with a killer music track by Book Of Fears - The Water Let's You In (Bloodline Theme).