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Chandler's John Rayburn may not be able to see what's coming next, but binge-happy Netflix subscribers certainly can. A lighter touch is needed when the space between episodes is seven seconds, not seven days.
A certain amount of trust has to go with Bloodline. The team behind it is first-rate, the actors too. And because this is a project designed for binge-watching, maybe the pace will work in its favor.
The premiere left me a little concerned that the overheated dialogue and drawn-out mysteries of Bloodline would frustrate me too much in the long run. By the end of the third episode, I would have dropped my plans for the day to watch at least one more.
Rarely do we escape the distinctly depressed insular universe of the Reynolds' family, making for an experience both intoxicating and claustrophobic.
That noir family dynamic is what makes this show tick. The flashbacks smartly give the audience access to those magic mirrors. We get to understand what the Rayburns see when they look at each other. And like them, we have no idea who can we trust.
Buoyed by a bravura performance from Australian Ben Mendelsohn... as prodigal son Danny Rayburn, Bloodline is an absorbing, fractious family drama that captivates despite giving away Season 1's major development in the very first hour.
With Bloodline there is an emotional ups and downs from the desire to see the next chapter. [Full Review in Spanish]
Six episodes in, with the atmosphere swinging between portentous and over-pumped, the suspicion that you are watching a guilty pleasure dressed up as something more sophisticated is hard to dispel.
That's what makes Bloodline special. Storylines are introduced gradually, over the course of several episodes, and left to simmer on their own until they reach a boiling point.
With its dark ambience, stony performances and deliberate pace, Bloodline has a dastardly reticence to it that may turn off viewers. But once the series starts to get its claws into you, a long night of binge-watching seems inevitable.
From a plot standpoint, Bloodline is completely flat, using its shifting timelines as a trick to make mundane developments seem more ominous than they really are.
Audience Reviews for Bloodline: Season 1
Dec 22, 2020Outstanding entertainment. Great story, seemingly great family, great setting and plot. It had me and my wife on the edge of our seats throughout the whole series!! Hoping for a 4th season!!
Jul 05, 2020Phenomenal! One of the best shows on Netflix. It's a slow burn but well worth it. Highly recommend.
May 25, 2020Good job. Almost as good as Ozarks.
May 24, 2020Underrated show with stellar acting. The show runs slow for some, but builds. Fantastic character development.
Apr 16, 202010 out of 10. Gripping storytelling. The characters and acting are superb. Can't stop watching. Currently binge watching on Netflix. Love it! Completed season 1 thus far.
Apr 05, 2020Love the beachy vibe and pretty cool story line..
Mar 15, 2020Finally cought this. This was great. Good suspense.
Sep 01, 2019Driven by an absolutely amazinging perfect performance by Ben Mendelsohn backup by a strong cast that also more than just deliver but excels, this family tragedy is hard stop watching, and hard to forget.
Jul 09, 2019Once I started watching I couldn't stop.!!!! Simply amazing, great binge tv!!!! Love the Rayburns!!!
Sep 12, 2018Bloodline was always referred to as a slow burn, and it does burn slow at the start. The acting is great, and the setting is wonderful for all Florida Keys lovers. It takes a while to figure out the backstory, but turns out to be an enjoyable psychological type show. Chandler is a great actor as is Mendelsohn. The rest of the cast does well also.