With every new project it gets invested in, Netflix proves itself a company that can do very little wrong. The streaming service’s next big drama is Bloodline, an intense, star-studded look at a family forced to confront the multitude of skeletons in its closet. Feast upon the first trailer, seen below.
Meet the Rayburn family, whose level of success can possibly only be topped by the amount of secrets associated with it. There’s patriarch Robert, played by Sam Shepard; matriarch Sally, played by Sissy Spacek; John the cop, played by Kyle Chandler; sister Meg, played by Linda Cardellini; and the wild card Kevin, played by Norbert Leo Butz. Everyone’s lives were in suitable working order until the black sheep of the family, Ben Mendelsohn’s Danny Rayburn, comes back into town and the shit hits the fan.
What kind of shit? I really have no idea. This Bloodline trailer sets up the series’ atmosphere and characters without really delving into the details of the plot or what the Rayburn family really stands for. I get the feeling that they’re a proud bunch, but that Danny’s criminal behavior in the past (and possibly the present) could go a long way in breaking these relationships apart. To be fair, though, Sally seems to still be on her son’s side, chastising Meg for not trusting him, even though Meg seems to be defending Danny elsewhere in the trailer.
We don’t really see Danny getting into virtuous or damning behavior in any form. He gets off of a bus to a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” with a bag on his back and tiredness in his eyes. Or is that subdued rage? The trailer does deliver some fighting, an explosion, a bunch of cops, and some shots of a dead body laid out on a slab. Somebody is going to meet their maker in this show, and I can’t help but feel as if this is going to become a brother vs. brother story, sort of like Showtime’s excellent Brotherhood.
Bloodline was created by the Damages team of Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler. It will also star Chloe Sevigny, Jamie McShane and Jacinda Barrett. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer to see just how down and dirty this series will get.
All 13 episodes of Bloodline will hit Netflix on March 20. Make sure your weekend is clear of any unwanted family reunions.