Blood Is Thicker – Bloodline Netflix Original

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.


You Have An Opinion, Just Don’t Be a Jerk

Last year I wrote a blog post about opinions and how you should probably behave when you have one that differs to someone else. But it seems that more and more people have a burning desire to voice their opinion and that would be a fantastic thing, if they weren’t being unbearable jerks about it.

Three or four times in the past two or three weeks I have come across people who disagreed so much with my opinion, that they felt the need to create an argument about it. Because they felt that they were right and I was wrong.

Now, if I am wrong (and I’m proven wrong with solid facts), I will happily hold my hands up and admit it, I have no problem with being wrong, because we’re all wrong at some point. It’s how we learn. But even if my opinion is wrong, it doesn’t give you the right to lecture me. What difference does it make to you, if I am wrong? You would know that you were right, so why create an uncomfortable and frustrating situation out of nothing?

I am entitled, just as you are, to my own opinion and if my opinion is wrong, that’s on me. For example, if you thought Brexit was a bad idea and I thought it was a good idea, we should not argue about it, we should accept that we both have different opinions and different reasons for those opinions.

It’s very easy to accept someone’s opinion and not be a jerk, but for some reason people love to make their opinion known to you and won’t quit until they’ve “won”.

I’m sorry, I don’t use social media to ask for you to weigh in on my opinions, I use it to express myself and whether you like it or not, I’m allowed to make my opinions known. I’ll happily welcome someone to say, “I politely disagree, because (whatever they have to say), that is all.” But I cannot accept people approaching me with “You’re wrong, because this, how can you possibly be right?” That’s just rude.

Everyone is allowed their own opinion, it’s a basic right, freedom of speech and all that jazz. But you do not have the right to criticize and talk down to someone because you think you’re right. That’s not having an opinion, that’s just being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk.

We are all allowed to comment and have an opinion on whatever we want, whether it’s something personal, or if it’s an incident in the World News. As an English person I’m allowed to comment on the gun crisis in America, just as Americans are allowed to comment on Brexit. We can talk about whatever the hell we want and have the right to say it freely without being attacked for it.

What I’m trying to say is, can we just stop causing conflict for no reason? Can we stop creating arguments and being jerks to one another? I’m allowed an opinion; you’re allowed an opinion. Hell, we’re even allowed to disagree with one another. You’re allowed to disagree with this blog and I’m fine with that…unless you’re being a jerk unnecessarily.

It really isn’t difficult to get on with someone who has a different view to you, all you have to do is move on and go on with your life. Whether it’s with that person in your life or not.

So let’s get on with our lives. Because there’s enough conflict in this world already, without us adding to it.

But once again, that’s just…my opinion.


It’s Okay, You Can Say It — The Writer Desk

I have never been one to admit that I’m good at things. That sounds silly doesn’t it? But I’m sure I’m not the only one. Even when people would say “You’re really good at this!” I would respond with a quiet, “I guess so.” Not good for your confidence, if you can’t tell yourself that […]

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