By Mary Ann Odete
Set in the Florida Keys, “Bloodline” is a Netflix original series revolving around the drama of the Rayburn family, headed by Robert and Sally Rayburn (Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek). The series begins when the black sheep returns home. This sets off a series of events that lead to many of the family’s hidden secrets and scars coming to the surface. With the tagline, “We are not bad people, but we did a bad thing,” “Bloodline” promises some seriously dark happenings.
“Bloodline” had its New York City premiere at the SVA Theatre. Almost the entire cast was in attendance, along with some of the crew. The creators of the show gave a small speech before the screening started. The first two episodes were shown.
The first episode starts with an opening narration by John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler). The beginning feels a little confusing as the show introduces a myriad of characters whilst previewing potential conflicts. Flashbacks and flash forwards are incorporated, adding another layer to follow. It’s quite a storyline and takes a bit of of focus to follow.
The black sheep of the family, Danny Rayburn (Ben Mendelsohn) is so far one of the most intriguing characters. The plot is set into motion because of his reappearance and there is a mystery surrounding his relationships with each of the characters, especially his brother John. The other two siblings are Meg and Kevin Rayburn (Linda Cardellini and Norbet Leo Butz). Kevin’s home life and anger issues are enough of a dangler to keep him interesting and relevant, but Meg does not have much in the way of a highly developed potential arc. There’s some attempt with the introduction of her fiancé (Enrique Murciano), but not too much after.
There’s still a lot of time, as these were just the first two episodes, but there feels like a lot is going on. The cast works well together in the sense that they feel like a family with a tenuous relationship. Despite the various happenings, “Bloodline” is engaging and provides the suspense it promises.
“Bloodline” feels more like a one-off with the plot that it is presenting. During the opening speech it was said that “[“Bloodline”] starts in one place and ends somewhere completely different.” The ending does not feel predictable so far, which is leaving a hopefully jaw-dropping ending. “Bloodline” has the potential to really shock.
All thirteen episodes of “Bloodline” became available for streaming on March 20. For thrill seekers, it’s definitely worth watching.
Mary Ann Odete is a contributing writer. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.