I found myself needing to stay in the comfort of my own home this weekend, after recent trips to both New York City and Los Angeles; and where there is home, there is Netflix. Admittedly, I’d already conquered the most recent seasons of House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so I was fresh out of Netflix Originals. I thought.
I stumbled onto a series entitled Bloodline, starring Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Sissy Spacek, among several other Hollywood veterans. Also a Netflix Original, the series chronicles a celebrated family — the Rayburn’s — in the Florida Keys. Although the Rayburn’s are presented to be an upstanding fixture of their community, I found there to be an element of mystification hovering over them.
Through narration, foreshadowing, and flashbacks, my suspicions were confirmed. When it comes to the Rayburn’s, all that glitters isn’t gold, and perhaps nothing is what it seems. From the beginning, Bloodline evokes a range of emotions, such as laughter, grief, disdain and empathy. “A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss,” actor Brad Pitt once said, “That’s the trade-off.”