Netflix released Bloodline, March 20th, for the ever growing binge watching crowd. The story plays out over thirteen episodes. What I should say is it p l a y s o u t. That’s right, it drags at the start several more episodes than are needed, it could have started at episode 3 or 4 and viewers would be fine. Yet, even with this, one is drawn to keep watching. It is not the because of its average writing, and most certainly not the jumbled storyline that bounces between flashbacks, flash forwards and current time. It is actor Ben Mendelsohn’s character Danny. Danny is the main reason for the entire storyline. Mendelsohn’s ability to act out a multilayer character is the main reason to watch. Mendelsohn’s ability to draw the audience in, push us away and yet make us want to sneak around behind trees to see what he is hiding. (The acting of Norbert Leo Butz’s character Kevin is noteworthy too).
Writers: be aware of the issues caused by a drawn out plot and the positives of character development through multilayers.
Viewers: enjoy a story about family that is superbly underlined with emotion and pain.