“We’re not bad people.”
Thrilling crime drama binge-watchers rejoice! The Netflix original series BLOODLINE, created by Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, debuted its much anticipated second season on May 27th. This story follows the Rayburn clan of the Florida Keys as they fight to maintain their family and themselves braving frequent storms of lies, crime, and murder. The first season of BLOODLINE had a slow start, but quickly reached a comfortable cruising altitude by the second episode. By the halfway point through the season, the hooks were set so deep there was nothing left but to concede to the striking energy of the drama. Season two holds tight to that momentum and comes out the gate with a winning stride.
We pick up the pace with John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, CAROL) doing his best attempt at overcoming the fact he recently drowned his black-sheep, drug pushing sibling, Danny (played by Ben Mendelsohn, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, READY PLAYER ONE) after he threatens to destroy the legacy their family worked so hard to build. I was a bit overwhelmed by Danny’s aggressive drunk energy of season one, but the flashbacks of season two provide a palatable compliment to the quiet intensity of this new episode.
While trying to ignore that elephant in the room, John and his family were concurrently hosting Danny’s estranged son, Nolan Rayburn, suddenly appearing from out of the blue– played by Owen Teague (MERCY STREET, BONES). The troubled teen plays the pity-card to keep a camouflage over his perplexing presence at the Rayburn’s home. I have to give props to Owen, I hated his character in the best way; he portrayed Nolan perfectly as a disrespectful, manipulative, sociopath, and for it I reward him with my antipathy. Bravo, lad.
John was somehow able to maintain a cool demeanor even while both investigating AND simultaneously cover up the tracks of Danny’s “unknown killer”, yet the younger brother, Kevin, (played by Norbert Leo Butz, MERCY STREET, DAN IN REAL LIFE) appears to fold like a lawn chair under the pressure. His increasingly shrinking proximity to a mental break causes him to create a steady cocaine habit, which will obviously make the whole situation better, before the tension pops the balloon.
Their sister, Meg, (Linda Cardellini, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, MAD MEN) attempts to continue on with her life by moving out-of-state and getting a job with a big city law firm. Despite her efforts, however, she finds herself pulled back into the Rayburn family drama, especially since she is privy to John’s role in Danny’s death.
Episode 1 of BLOODLINE’s season two locked me back into my uncomfortably familiar spot right on the edge of my seat. This show has now become my guilty pleasure, and I will see you after episode two!