The croakers are starting to nibble.
Part 15 of Netflix’s original series, BLOODLINE, continues as the fresh cemetery of lies beneath the Rayburns’ feet continues to fester and encroach on the ground they walk upon. John (Kyle Chandler), decides the problems just aren’t resolving themselves fast enough, apparently, and decides to commandeer the Rayburn investigation with his attempt to gain office. Oh, and to make things just a bit more complicated. Wayne Lowry (Glenn Morshower, SUPERGIRL) attempts to blackmail John and his sister Meg with a cassette tape gifted from the late Danny, containing evidence that would dismantle everything Rayburn. I’m really enjoying the multi-layer writing of season two; the plots criss-cross with the gentleness of a graceful elephant.
We jump right in with John telling his wife, Diana (Jacinda Barrett, THE FOLLOWING), he’s thrown his hat into the ring to be sheriff. Obviously the best way to avoid disaster is to get ahead of it, and the sheriff’s badge would prove a huge advantage, but for me, the timing just doesn’t feel safe to make a move that big. And how exactly is he going to take control? The evidence always reveals the real killer, so I feel like there is some shady evidence-tampering in the near future.
Throughout the entire episode the same question is asked to John—why? The loss of Danny, John’s posthumously outed drug trafficking lump of a brother (Ben Mendohlson, ROGUE ONE) has brought grief to the Rayburns, so why would he want to run for office? The question is asked so many times, I wondered when people were going to start catching on to the cryptically long dramatic pauses John took before offering an answer.
Kevin has now become BLOODLINE’s comedic relief. His new catch phrase should be “I just can’t do anything right.” Played by Norbert Leo Butz (DAN IN REAL LIFE), Kevin’s shady marina business catches the interest of a commercial real estate mogul just long enough for the big lug to ‘Kev’ it all up. Not to mention he’s taking in cocaine all day and night, probably to deal with the bit of stress from the dark looming clouds of disaster forming above him. And his last employee–and probably friend—Jake (Michael Beasley, HOUSE OF CARDS) cuts loose from the sinking ship of Kevin’s marina despite Kevin’s pleas for him to stay, promising a fat paycheck soon, but to no avail. This seems to crack something in Kev’s big empty head, because his next move is desperate and dripping with bad idea.
Soon after, Kevin meets up with a new contact, Pete Zakyian to fumble his way through a cocaine deal. Pete doesn’t make it any easier for Kevin’s flop sweat as he softly explains how the exchange will happen in a manner most befitting a closet psychopath accustomed to having things executed precisely his way. But I must give Kevin credit, he performed well under pressure, even so far as to make sure the deal went down his way. Yes, score one for Kevin, but lets not forget just how deep the Rayburn hole descends, especially now that John has another drug-dealing brother.