John’ll take care of it. That’s what he does. Takes care of shit.
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Warning: Do not read if you have not seen the first episode of Bloodline. I have still not recovered from the shock of that last scene. As a huge Kyle Chandler fan, I was convinced that I needed to watch all of Bloodline as soon as I got the chance. Netlfix has proven to be a force in the television industry with great shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards that you could almost tell this would be a success. Kyle Chandler is one of the best television actors in our time and his well-deserved Emmy proves it.
Bloodline gives us an inside look into what we’ve known all too well; awkward family reunions. There’s always someone in the family that you either don’t get along with or just plain do not understand. Not only did this episode of television feel ultimately real and relatable, but it was very good at keeping you engaged the entire time.
I spent the first few minutes of the show trying to get everyone’s names correct and making sure I understand everyone’s relationship as best I could. We start off with John who will be my favorite no matter what because he is Kyle Chandler. Eh, I’m biased…so sue me. His brother Kevin seems to be a no nonsense sort of guy that loves the ocean but possibly loves his family more. His sister Meg seems to be the most reasonable member of the siblings or possibly just the biggest people pleaser….not really sure which yet. And of course, there’s Danny; the said “black sheep” of the family that literally no one likes. His mom loves him and John seems to have a soft spot for him but really you do get the sense that no one wants him there…..especially after that last scene.
Danny, Danny, Danny
It’s only been one episode and I’m already starting to feel the frustration with Danny. We all have that member of the family that just keeps screwing up and you keep giving them chances because they are family. This show is depicting very accurately the struggle some family members go through in order to help said family member. Some people are fine with writing them off and others want to help no matter what.
At the beginning, I was a little upset at how Danny was being treated in certain instances. Now, I don’t really know the family’s past with him and what he’s done (I’m assuming it has something to do with the setback Robert referred to in his speech) but man it must’ve been awful for everyone to treat him like this. Or is he just a druggie screw up? Because that could also explain the frustration his family has been feeling. The first instance was chair-gate. Did it really matter that Danny brought a date? Goodness, I thought Danny and Kevin were going to come to blows over a damn chair. The second instance was in Robert’s speech…..Danny is his son and you would think he could find something nice to say about him besides he likes to borrow money.
But as the episode progressed, my sympathy for Danny dwindled ever so fast. He says he wants to help and clean his act up but while the other siblings are decided if he should be allowed to help with the family business, he does a ton of coke and passes out naked on a pier outside of their hotel. He also had that insanely uncomfortable conversation with John’s wife. What was that? And why would you tell his wife you hope he could be single? Ugh, you’re making it very difficult to like you.
The only redeeming quality I really find in Danny is his relationship with John. They seem to have a past that the younger siblings don’t know about and John really does want what’s best for his brother. It seems like John is stuck between a rock and a hard place. He wants to help his brother but he also wants to protect his family and both of those things don’t seem to coincide.
The Rayburn Trouble
One of the most intriguing things about this first hour of Bloodline was the “trouble” the Rayburns ran into years before. We don’t know what it is but it seems like it could be public knowledge….or at least parts of what happened anyway. Robert mentioned in his speech that he would like to thank the people that helped them when they had their trouble. There was a pretty big crowd so we can assume it’s not such a huge secret. Does this trouble have anything to do with Danny? Or could it be something unrelated that make local town folk like Eric apparently hate the Rayburns? Only time will tell.
Of course Kyle Chandler is playing the Sheriff of this county. He excels in leadership positions. Nothing made me happier than watching Kyle Chandler play another character that is in fact a man. I mean that in the true sense of the term. He seems to bare a lot of the family issues and help everyone coexist together even if they can’t stand each other. Kyle Chandler is brilliant and with only a few words can make you love his character without knowing too much about him. Even after that last scene, I’m still #TeamJohn. I can’t wait to watch the rest of this season and to enjoy such a brilliant actor in a role that seems to be worthy of him.
That Last Scene Though
Um what now? I honestly don’t know what to write at this particular time. John did seem like he was the man who would help out John if he had the chance. Throughout the episode we see John carrying Danny through the woods and desperately trying to drag him through dangerous waters. The whole time we hear Kyle Chandler’s voice over talking about saving his brother and being a hero……until the final scene where we see John bring Danny on a boat, douse him in gasoline and literally set his brother on fire. BAHHHHH!!!! I don’t even know how to respond to that. The family needed Danny dead? Goodness what has he done? Or what will he do? There are so many questions and I can’t wait to watch the next episode to find out the answer.
John: We’re not bad people. But we did a bad thing.
The final scene. Yes, it was a tragic moment but the shock of it all was brilliant. Well done, Bloodline.
Danny and Diana’s exceedingly uncomfortable conversation. She must really love John if she willingly participated in such a strange endeavor.