Check out the review for Season 1 here.
Following the events of season one, the Rayburn children struggle to conceal the truth about Danny (Ben Mendelsohn). The secret weighs heavily on Meg (Linda Cardellini) and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) as they enter new stages in their professional and personal lives, while John (Kyle Chandler) investigates his older brother’s connection to Nolan (Owen Teague).
Bloodline- The title itself is the key to the subtle slow burn of this show. The seemingly genteel, wealthy Rayburn family… a fixture in the Florida Keys welcoming guests to their stunning resort and their perfect family have a tainted history. A seed of anger, violence, and addiction in their bloodline that surfaces in all of them in one way or another from great grandfather to the black sheep of the family Danny to seeming Golden Boy John, who seems so gentle but can suddenly lash out in a murderous rage. Nothing and no one are who or what they seem. But the greater question may be who among them is redeemable? Are any innocent, can any be freed? The more they struggle to save themselves and each other, the further they fall. Even the occasional selfless act can end up betraying the ones they love. The writing is masterful, watching the connections form, unravel and fall apart, one cannot but wonder where this road will end and hang on the edge of your seat waiting to watch every second of the journey.
I just finished Season 2 of Bloodline and I must say I am still thoroughly hooked on this show. Season 2 was another strong season in the Bloodline series and I think i’m one of the few who thinks that way. I find the negative critical reviews of this show baffling, like everyone has been watching a different show than I am. Most seem to have a problem with the show’s ‘slow burn,’ but that’s what impresses me the most about it. The writers manage to build a thick, palpable tension throughout the show. In fact I found Season 2 not to be a ‘slow burn’ at the slightest. Maybe some expect a more brisk plot pacing? I like that things in this show happen in fits, usually as the result of a hasty or forced decision. I can definitely see how it isn’t for everyone–I had no interest in the show from just reading a summary–but I found that after a few episodes in Season 1, I wanted to know everything about this family. There isn’t much else that has been on TV that made me feel this way.
| Wayne Lowry: “I didn’t like your brother, but I didn’t kill him. Now, the son of a bitch may be dead, but he’s still making my life miserable.”
I loved season 1; I definitely think Season 2 kept the same level of tension, although with some flaws as usual. This series truly shows that a Television series can be original, like a book. The story lines and characters are riveting but also feel realistic. The cast has done tremendous in both seasons. I have to admit I thought the adding of John Leguizamo was going to bring down this season. He was actually great in his role and gave the show an edge. My problem though was with Andrea Riseborough’s Eve, not so much with her character but with her performance. Sometimes she was trying to be to much “teeny” that it felt very fake and cringeworthy. Like she was in the wrong tv era, where performances were basic and toned down.
Another good thing was that this season was shorter and tighter than the first. One of my few negatives from the first was that it felt a bit too drawn out with 13 episodes (Season 2 has 10 episodes). Bloodline may occasionally frustrate, especially when it starts juggling too many characters and their respective wants and angles, but it’s also awesome at creating slow, humid tension. The Florida Keys become an integral part of this suspense. The location gives everything an untamed vibe. I’ll admit the season two finale didn’t leave me as slack-jawed as the first. It felt as if the writers needed something to jumpstart Season 3 (if there is going to be one). There is so much going on and so many characters that things do tend to get a little confusing at times, but I think that’s what makes this show great to watch over again.
Even though I liked Season 1 more (obviously because it had more Ben Mendelsohn), Season 2 still gave us another deep insight into disparity between one’s perception of oneself and their true self, demise of the family and illusion of its greatness, nature of the burden of the past, ubiquitous ambiguity of people and complex maze of relations between them, psychological inevitability of subsequent actions, defining the point of no return and balancing on the thin line between being good people that did a bad thing and simply becoming bad people. Love how this show isn’t about answering questions as much as it’s about posing them. All soaked in a heavy atmosphere of constant anxiousness.
Bloodline (Season 2) gets an 8.2/10.