‘Bloodline’: The Story of Betrayal

Poster-Bloodline-640x847Family is a complicated thing. They can tear themselves apart and put the pieces back together.

‘Bloodline’ tells the story of family and tragedy. The secrets of the Rayburn family come back to haunt them when the oldest son, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), comes home. 

He’s the bad sheep of the family and has never been able to get his life together. Not that any of the Rayburn children are perfect, well John (Kyle Chandler), comes pretty close.

John has always taken care of the family from when he was a kid. Now he’s a detective, happily married with two kids. His life is pretty perfect, until his brother Danny comes back to town.

Meg (Linda Cardellini) may look perfect from the outside, but she’s not. Career wise she’s very successful, she’s a lawyer. Love wise, she’s never been able to settle down. She has a great boyfriend, Marco (Enrique Murciano), who is partner’s with her brother John. They’ve been dating five years and haven’t tied the knot yet. It probably has something to with her commitment issues. In one of the opening scenes she’s seen having sex with a man that isn’t her boyfriend.

Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) is having problems of his own when his brother comes home. He’s separated from his wife, but he hasn’t told anyone yet. He also has a bad temper that gets him in trouble.

The family all comes to together to celebrate the anniversary of their parent’s hotel.

Sally (Sissy Spacek) and Robert (Sam Shepard) run a successful hotel in the Florida Keys and are celebrating 45 years of business and Robert is being honored with a pier being named after him. 

The Rayburns are upstanding citizens in the community. The name commands respect, but they have a secret from their past that is about to come back and haunt them.

This secret will tear them apart and threaten to ruin the entire family.

In the first episode you get to see glimpses of where this dark secret leads them. It leads to John putting Danny’s body in a boat and setting it one fire. It won’t be till the 12th episode that you find out why and how this happens.

The 13 episode first season has a lot of twists and turns while you get to know the Rayburn family and especially Danny.

I didn’t like Danny almost from the moment he arrived in the Keys, as the show went on, he kept rubbing me the wrong way. He seems like he can be charming. He seems like he’s damaged from what happened when they were kids. He seems like he’s lost his way, but maybe there is no saving him at this point.

It becomes harder and harder to sympathize with Danny as the story goes on. I really enjoyed Ben’s portrayal of Danny. He really made you want to hate this guy. He also made you a little scared of Danny too. The oldest Rayburn keeps you on your toes. You never know what he might do next.

Sally never gives up on Danny, she even sides with Danny at times. She’s convinced he’s doing better. The rest of the children try their best to shield their mother from the truth, but it’s just more lies that will haunt the family.

‘Bloodline’ is very addictive, each episode ends leaving you hanging and wanting to know more. The way the story is laid out, it gives you pieces from what happens and walks you through the whole story until it all comes together.

The show is filled with a lot of family drama, suspense and mystery. I was drawn in from episode one and enjoyed every episode after.

The only complaint I have about the show is the language. For some characters it made sense for them to be swearing all the time, but not everyone had to swear that much. Just because you can write it into the script, doesn’t mean you have to.

I don’t know if there will be a second season. The story leaves it open for the possibility, but it could easily end on the note that it did. ‘Bloodline’ ends with just another aspect of the Rayburn family legacy. The legacy is secrets and lies.


The Hunt is on in Season 2 of ‘The Fall’

JDLifeSeason two of ‘The Fall’ started just ten days after the finish of season one. Spector(Jamie Dornan) was in the wind and Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) was having difficulty finding the evidence after his latest attack.

Spector’s latest victim Annie Brawley (Karen Hassan) survived, but she’s too traumatized to remember what happened and who attacked her. So she give’s little help to Stella’s investigation.

Season two takes a very different tone to season one. Through all of season one the audience knows that Spector is the criminal, but the detectives have no idea. In season two the detectives are working on hunting him down and the audience gets to know Spector even more intimately.

At the end of season one Spector told his wife that he was having an affair with the babysitter, Katie Benedetto (Aisling Franciosi). The audience knows this is a lie, but in season two he pursues a very unusual relationship with the young girl, which is fueled by her obsession with him.

It all seems hopeless for Stella, but she follows down every clue and things get really heated when another woman gets abducted and Stella is determined to find her.

What’s so great about this crime drama is that you get to know the criminal really well. You see him be a great father and a great bereavement council and wonder how he could do such brutal and horrible crimes. Spector is smart, charming and good looking. He draws you in and makes you feel at ease.

Not only will Stella be interested in getting to know Spector’s psyche, so she can get her man, he’s very interested in Stella too. Stella is very different than his usual subjects.

‘The Fall’ is such a fresh take on crime shows. The story draws you in as the investigation brings together the clues to show what the audience already knows. The gap of what the detectives know and the audience knows gets smaller and smaller as Stella dives in.

Stella is very calculated in putting the clues together and getting her man. But not everything will go smoothly and there will be set backs in the investigation. Everything is done by the book though. There isn’t so much over dramatization as there is in other crime shows, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be on the edge of your seat, because you will. Season two is a very intense ride with a surprising conclusion. The question is, is that the conclusion for the series or just the case?

‘The Fall’ season two is now on Netflix. Take a look at the preview:

The Fall is a Fresh Take on Detective Shows

MV5BMTYwNjc1MDA2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzkxOTQxMDE@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Lets move away from primetime TV for a minute and take a look at streaming TV. Netfilx has quite a few good original shows streaming at the moment and one of them they acquired from BBC Two in England: ‘The Fall’.

Lets take a trip across the pond to Belfast, Northern Ireland, where it doesn’t matter what the characters say because it’s in a nice sexy Irish accent and every word sounds good.

The only bad thing I have to say about this show is the first season is only five episodes.

Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson, ‘The X-Files’) gets sent from the Metropolitan police to lead a review on the investigation of  the murder of Alice Monroe. The Belfast police haven’t been able to come close to finding the murderer.

What’s very interesting is that the audience gets let in early on who the killer is. He’s Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan, ‘Once Upon a Time’), a family man with a wife, a daughter and son, and he is a bereavement councilor. He’s pretty normal, except for one thing, he’s targeting professional women, breaking into their homes and killing them. We even get to see him commit his crime.

Even though we know who the killer is, you will still be on the edge of you seat watching Stella trying to figure out who he is.

Stella will pick up on things that the Belfast police missed, but it won’t be easy trying to solve a crime in a very corrupt town.  There are a lot of twists and turns in only five episodes. And don’t get confused by Netfilx calling the first season, series one. In England they call each season a series.

You can watch the first series now on Netflix and the second series will be available for streaming in the fall.

If you are looking for a great detective show and something different from all the other detective shows out there, ‘The Fall is it. It’s not too often when the audience knows who the killer is and the detectives don’t. Plus it’s fun to go across the pond and live in a different culture for a little while. How can you not enjoy a show with Irish accents?

Check out the trailer and make sure to catch up in time for series two.