I was interested in watching this because I have followed
the career of Kyle Chandler (who plays John Rayburn) since
he was on his first TV series, "Home Front." I watched the
trailer for the show on Netflix and thought I would watch
the first episode, at least, because I enjoy
mystery-thriller-type dramas. The show's plot centers
around the Rayburns, a well-respected family in the Florida
Keys that own an inn popular with tourists. The Rayburns
seem like the perfect American family, with parents Robert
(Sam Sheppard) and Sally (Sissy Spacek) in charge.
However, when the oldest son, Danny, who's irresponsible,
comes back home, it starts to bring out deep, dark, family
secrets. John narrates some of the episodes. The audience
is told that Danny's brothers and sister had to do something
terrible to him because they didn't have any other choice.
I watched the pilot, and I felt that it was not as good as I
had expected. The show is confusing at times because
it flashes forward in time without giving the audience any
clues as to when it is flashing forward or backwards in
time. I have gotten used to fast-paced shows like "Scandal"
and "The Blacklist," so Bloodline seemed to me to move
extremely slowly. The first episode left me with many
questions, which I usually like with these type of shows,
but given the slow pace, I don't think I will watch another
episode, even though I really want to find out what the
Rayburn siblings did to their brother that was so terrible.
John is telling someone about it because he feel so guilty.
I like the cast. it is a great group of actors, and the
scenery of the Florida Keys is beautiful in the daytime
scenes and very scary in the nighttime scenes. This is
wonderful for a mystery thriller drama.
I also do not like that they use bad language. It
seems that someone is cursing every five seconds, almost
like they do it just because they are on Netflix. and the
writers said "We can use bad language, so let's use it every
five seconds." I don't like when this happens. The show has
good dialogue, but the bad language distracted me from the
interaction between the characters. I hope that the pace of
the show gets faster and they tone down the bad language a
bit so that the family drama and mystery of the show can
really shine. I give this show 3 out of 5 stars.
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