Bloodline turned out to be a very addicting series and I enjoyed it so much, I just had to write about it. A few spoilers will be found below, but I have tried to keep it to a minimum.
The Rayburn family are a well known, well respected family in Florida. The parents run a successful Inn and even get a pier named after them, they seem like the perfect family. But as you watch you quickly realise that this ‘perfect’ family is anything but.
Meet Danny Rayburn, a complete mess of a man and the outcast of the family. No one seems to know why Danny is such a mess at life, but the family constantly goes out of their way to remind him that he is just that. I feel for Danny, in every episode. My heart aches for him as you learn why he continually messes up at life, but it won’t take long until you too are wondering if you should care, or if you should forget about him.
His brother, John is a control freak to say the least. Being a detective, nothing gets passed this guy…except everything. When I think about it, he’s also a huge mess of a man, who doesn’t know which direction he’s walking. I like John, he’s the one that tries to look after everyone and pick up the mess left behind. But at times, I just couldn’t help but think ‘seriously John?’ as a lot of his decisions are questionable.
Then there’s Meg, (shut up Meg!) she is a lawyer and also a massive bitch. But you can’t blame her for that, she was completely ignored as a child and was that popular kid in school we all hated. She panics, cheats, discriminates and gets bullied by her brothers, but no matter what she does, I just can’t like her. At times I feel like she’s being dumb on purpose, just to avoid awkward situations and then there’s cutting Danny out of the will. She just seems a bit…cold.
But I don’t dislike any of them, as much as I dislike Kevin. A short fuse doesn’t even scratch the surface with this guys temper. He’s the type of guy that would bump into you and then shout at you for not looking where you were going. Hot headed, stupid, reckless and a complete mess (are you seeing a pattern here?), Kevin is just universally unlikable and the biggest pain in the ass, after Danny of course.
Onto the parents. If there was an award for World’s Worst Parents ever, they would win it by a mile…or ten. Sally and Robert Rayburn are…frustrating. Sally is oblivious to why her children are the way they are, it’s either that or she doesn’t want to believe why, so she doesn’t. Robert is a scumbag in my opinion. He favoured his children and neglected others. I cheered when he died.
Watching a dysfunctional family always makes for good entertainment and even though I disliked a lot of the family most of the time, I still cared and wanted them to mend the cracks in their relationships. But it seems this family forgets that blood is thicker than the water that surrounds their island. They didn’t choose their family, but they did choose to neglect Danny to the point of destruction and they have to live with that for the rest of their lives.
As a side note, John’s wife annoyed me more than anything. She just seems like a complete cow who doesn’t understand anything that’s going on. She asks stupidly obvious questions and creates arguments out of thin air. Every time she opened her mouth, I got annoyed.
However this series was brilliant, the camera angles and music really put you on edge, the actors were marvelous and the characters were exactly what you would expect them to be when you learn of their upbringing. I found myself constantly saying ‘Oh Danny, what have you done?’ and with every episode, I seemed to say it more and more.
A lot of emotions will wash over you while you go on this journey with the Rayburn family. But there is one that will stay with you throughout the whole thing and that’s the pity you feel for Danny. No matter how badly he f**ks up, you feel for him because you know the only reason he does what he does, is because of his family and how what they did affected him.
I can’t wait to start the second season, it’s going to be very…interesting.