Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TV Show Review: Bloodline (Season 3)

Reckoning comes to the Rayburn family in the third and final season of this Netflix original thriller series. John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) wants to flee the troubles of his family but trouble brings him right back. Kevin Rayburn (Norbert Leo Butz) has killed John's partner Detective Marco Diaz, the former fiance of Meg Rayburn (Linda Cardellini) and does a poor job covering it up. Kevin tries to reach out to John but has to turn to Roy Gilbert (Beau Bridges), which ends up getting him shot. The plan brews to blame everything on Eric O'Bannon (Jamie Mcshane) and John has to help Kevin pull it off.

The plan only works because John is willing to work at it but there is still a trial to convict Eric. Ozzy Delvecchio (John Leguizamo) continues to poke around the Rayburn family hoping to find justice for Danny, or really money, even after Gilbert's thugs give him a beating. He approaches the Rayburn matriarch Sally (Sissy Spacek), but this family doesn't let anything slip. Kevin finds himself getting in deep with Gilbert who owns half his boatyard, helping Cubans smuggling drugs by boat. This lead to more trouble as Kevin's stress and guilt build so much that he starts losing teeth, helped by his history of frequent cocaine use.

Putting the Rayburn family on trial threatens to bring up old wounds as the O'Bannon's lawyer searches for a way to prove they are untrustworthy. Eric's sister Chelsea (Chloƫ Sevigny) has a story to tell that would possibly throw guilt towards Meg but Sally's powerful testimony shreds any hope of Eric's plea. Meg disappears during the trail moving far away even though John is able to track her down to say goodbye. Kevin floats further into illegal circles and this ends up with him under investigation.

Ozzy finally gets so fed up with trying to solve the Rayburn mystery that he kills himself. John's guilt grows as he has still not recovered from murdering his brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn) who he still sees in hallucinations. He goes out diving and nearly drowns having a strange dream for the entire penultimate episode and some of the finale. By the last episode, the Rayburn family has been torn apart. Meg is in hiding, Kevin tries to escape to Cuba but is caught, Sally hates her remaining children and plans to sell the inn, while John struggles to confess his crimes but must live with the guilt or tell Danny's son.

Bloodline is the kind of show that wants to be like the great shows of other networks and steals plenty of plot points and twists from them, though always comes up short. Most episodes drag, making it not great for Netflix as the entire series dump takes longer to watch. I can hardly keep up with Netflix original series as it is and was ready to give up on this show but since it was the last season, I figured I would find out what would happen. It has its moments, a cool setting and some great acting.   

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