Story Spotlight: Bloodline – Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman

This story stunned me in its slow, deliberate pacing. The plot of Bloodline, a Netflix original, was developed with care, and each reveal was made with thought toward giving the audience just enough. As a result, the characters came to life, the setting absorbed me to the point that I felt the Florida Keys, and the conflict ground heavier with each episode. In short, the story shined in every aspect.

That being said, I’m willing to admit that this story develops slowly. If that’s not your thing, then this show isn’t for you. Additionally, this story has a heavy noir tone to it. The foreboding and fatalism is as thick as the air in the Florida Keys. And it deals with disturbing ethical dilemmas that aren’t necessarily supposed to be resolved with a clear path of right and wrong. Again, if those elements aren’t for you, then neither is this show.

As for me, I prefer a slow pace that takes time to sculpt each character and to show each thread being woven. I also like the noir genre–not as the only staple in my diet, mind you, but as a small part. Also, I prefer complex characters simply because they’re truer to life. I don’t look at ethical dilemmas in a story as something that I have to decide on, but rather as an interesting insight into real minds and how people make decisions. If any of those elements are your thing, then this show is definitely for you.


5 stars out of 5

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