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Why I’m hooked on Bloodline

BloodlineSeason1The Netflix Original show Bloodline has totally sucked me in (I’m sure there’s a pun in there somewhere). This dark drama is absolutely binge-worthy with its slow-release tease of mystery, family secrets, lies, betrayals, and short flashes that promise a sordid ending.

The actors are excellent (Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard to name a few), and the setting alone—the Florida Keys—is enough to keep me on the hook. Characters are multi-faceted and interesting and often straddle the line of good and bad. There’s no black and white here, only lots and lots of murky gray.

The show’s writers don’t tell you anything. They just roll things out as needed and let you figure it out for yourself. And I do mean roll. This is not a lightning-paced action show, but it’s absolutely riveting in both story and presentation.

Excellent cinematography rounds out the series into 13 episodes of quality viewing that gets better with every episode. And word is, there’s a second season in the works.

I don’t spend a lot of time in front of my television, but Bloodline has joined The Americans, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Marco Polo, True Detective, and Sherlock—and a few more I’m forgetting—on my list of must-watch shows when I do take a break on the couch.

What’s your latest TV craving?

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    I’ve never felt the need for a TV. I need books very much and I’m surrounded by them. But very little TV for me. I do have a TV set. As I’m still living in the 1960s, I sometimes — very rarely — watch Disney classics (I have a few DVD’s). I’m always doing something — there is some activity that needs to be done all the time. Lately I’ve joined a small writing group and we write short pieces and share them with each other, and meet every now and then. That has captured my imagination and time. I also want to learn basic carpentry. And I’m into the Internet of Things. My actual knowledge of TV shows is nonexistent. I say that with pride.

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    Only recently signed up for Netflix and I’m still finding out what’s worth watching. I haven’t seen any of the Bloodline series, but I will put it on my list. I lean heavily toward the horror and Science Fiction movies and series and I am hooked on “Downton Abby” and “Call the Midwife” too.

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    Revenge is a hold over contestant from the original first six episodes. We are actually wondering why we watch it now. It’s been in the bag for quiet sometime. The writing for the first season made for a great mini-series. The show depended on subtlety to make it work. That’s hard to sustain. It has drifted into being a Sunday night Soap Opera.

    It is really odd. Its fun to go online and listen to the people complain about the show. Its like we are all watching it out of disappointment. Maybe, if we show up just once more the faded rose will do the impossible and bloom one more time. 🙂

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      Interesting, Curtis. I haven’t watched Revenge, though I remember hearing good things when it first came out. There’s nothing more disappointing than a show with promise that doesn’t deliver. Or a show that’s great for a couple seasons and then gets ridiculous.

      Your comment about subtlety made me think of Bloodline too. There’s so much subtext going on in every conversation it’s amazing. I’m trying to figure out how to do that more in my writing.

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    I’m loving Daredevil and Empire. Daredevil feels like you are reading a graphic novel, not some soap dressed in superhero clothing. Empire feels to me like Dallas when it came out. People doing whatever it takes to protect what is theirs and claw their way to the top at the same time.

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      Reed: Daredevil was already on my list to check out when I run out of episodes on a few other shows, but I’ll have to take a look at Empire. What a great way to characterize a show like that. Strong characters are always key to a good story. I think it’s why I love to hate Frank Underwood in House of Cards. And, of course, it’s Kevin Spacey. 😉

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    I haven’t watched that one yet. Looks like I’ll have to get started. I didn’t know Sissy Spacek was in it. She’s one of my faves. Lately, I’ve been binge watching Gilmore Girls. I never watched it when it was on originally, but it’s a lot of fun.

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