Sunday, May 29, 2016

TV Review - Bloodline Season 2 on Netflix

Just because I kept my Memorial Day weekend clear, I was able to watch all ten episodes of Bloodline Season 2 and finish by Saturday at 6 p.m. (For those keeping track, I worked Friday and still managed to get a haircut, take the dog to the groomers, decorate graves, clean house and do laundry. So I feel my 10 hour binge was justified.) 

Oh, and I also got a friend request on FB from Bill Kelly, the actor who plays DEA Agent Clay Grunwald on Bloodline, which was very cool. Bill's been posting neat stuff all week leading up to the release and I've been stalking--I mean, following-- him, and leaving nice comments. <grin> He seems like a cool guy.


Bloodline Season 2 picks up right where season 1 left off. If you haven't rewatched season 1 a dozen times like me (don't judge) then I recommend a refresher before starting 2. There's a quick four minute video on YouTube, but why wouldn't you want to invest the time to watch the full season and see the glory that is Mr. Kyle Chandler? That's my first recommendation.

If you haven't watched season 1, hugo spoiler ahead. Stop right now, don't even look down at the photos. You already did? Too late. Honestly, we found this out in the first episode of season 1. It just took twelve more episodes to explain why.

Since the second season is so new, I won't post spoilers about it yet. I will tease by saying the season has gotten mixed reviews already and I understand why. It's different from season 1 as it had to be, but in some ways maybe better. Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) gets more screen time because he killed his brother and Danny had a LOT of screen time in the first season. Ben Mendelsohn is a fine actor and both he and Kyle received Emmy nods for season 1. But Danny is dead, people. A pesky ghost, and he needs to go away and leave his brother in peace. Sadly, ain't gonna happen just yet.


Linda Cardellini is great as John's sister Meg Rayburn. I liked her in Freaks and Geeks and especially as Sam in ER, one of my all time fave TV shows.  I even forgave her for her role as Velma in the Scooby Doo movie.  But as of this writing I'm not too happy with Meg Rayburn. And that's all I have to say about that.


Norbert Leo Butz portrays Kevin Rayburn, John's youngest brother. I hadn't heard of him but found out recently that he's a Tony-winning Broadway actor with a very nice singing voice. His sister Teresa Butz was raped and murdered and he is part of a charity project in her memory, The Angel Band Project.  You can check out his amazing voice in the music video below. As for Kevin Rayburn? He needs to grow a pair and man up. Let's just say I'm pissed at him, too.






Mama Ray, Sally, is looking a bit frail in season 2. She's lost a lot, and it's showing on her. She's still mighty gullible, too. Love Sissy Spacek.


Halfway through season 2 the story takes a turn that I didn't see coming, and I can't say I was a fan of it. John Rayburn was popping meds everytime he turned around, and he looked like he might stroke out. I think he could have used some antacids, too. I felt really sorry for him. If Kyle Chandler doesn't get another Emmy nod then life truly isn't fair. Jacinda Barrett is the beautiful Australian actress who plays his wife Diana. Once again, not happy with Ms. Diana at the end of this season. And their kids, especially Janie, are kind of bratty. The son didn't have much screen time this season.

The powers that be at Netflix haven't announced if there will be a season 3 of Bloodline, but fans are really hoping there will be. We need closure after this last wild ride. The Rayburn family and their band of wacky misfits have enough potential to go on quite a few more seasons. They're not bad people, they just did a bad thing. 

Or so they say.  After season 2, we need proof. 

Bodies get buried. 
Secrets don't. 

Bloodline, Season 2
Streaming now on Netflix

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