If it had been up to me, I would have watched Bloodline on Netflix from start to finish in one weekend. This Netflix Original was deliciously good, full of mystery, twists and turns and some INCREDIBLE acting. Alas, I could only watch one or two shows per evening. But as it wrapped up for me last evening, I look forward to binge watching it a second time just before the next season is launched.
Ben Mendelsohn, who plays the 'black sheep' or bad seed, as I prefer to call him, was incredible in his role of Danny Rayburn. It's easy to both love him and hate him. The actor truly captivated on screen in this role and created a most believable character. Kyle Chandler, as the responsible John Rayburn, played his character - and all the stress and guilt that came with it - very well. The rest of the cast was fantastic as well (although in casting, it is a little unbelievable that Jacinda Barrett is old enough to play Kyle Chandler's wife! But alas, she is the correct age, but blessed with looking very young).
This storyline demonstrates the effects of one catastrophic family event. It clearly shows how one moment can change the course of someone's life, particularly if they were already on the edge of what is considered 'normal' behaviour. It can also affect the behaviours and choices of those involved in the life-changing event. Having a black sheep of the family is normal when there are multiple children (4 or more), and one or two children often feel that they cannot live up to the expectations of their parents and siblings, and therefore act out and seemingly never 'get their act together'. This theme truly comes through in Bloodline.
I have watched a lot of mystery shows, crime dramas, and dramas in general, on Netflix recently and this is by far the most captivating that I have seen. It was difficult to stop watching after each episode and set it aside for the next evening.
I am excited for the second season, and can see how the storyline might progress (dealing with fallout from certain events can be interesting), but I am curious to see if they can keep the momentum going after such a fantastic first season.
I give this show a 10 out of 10.