TV Review - Bloodline: Season 3
The show isn't as fun or funny as Dexter. The protagonist here doesn't really have a sense of humor, although his humorless disposition is the point. He has a lot of pain and fear in his past. He bottles it all inside and doesn't let it out. He is regretful and carries a lot of guilt. As the first season's narration states, he did a bad thing but he's not a bad person. Bottling up all those emotions for so long eventually caused him to explode. It didn't help that the person on whom he exploded almost delighted in antagonizing him. Otherwise, he maintains control and stoicism. He can easily become irritated with his family, but mainly keeps it all inside.
It is perhaps fitting that this third and final season would ultimately conclude with the main protagonist not running away and avoiding this "bad thing" he did or keeping it all inside but instead facing the music, letting it out and being honest. He resists till the very end and he could have continued bottling it all and lying.
What seems to turn the tide is a near death experience that is prompted by a random accident. It's so random that it feels very contrived. It leads to a ninth episode or "Part 32" that is very contrived and wildly off tone. It does allow for the return of Ben Mendelsohn whose Emmy-winning role is sorely missed. It pushes the protagonist to a final decision that I'm not sure is totally believable. It is a way to put a button on the series though.
Kyle Chandler returns as John Rayburn, a detective and deputy at the Sheriff's Office, and the most reliable child in a troubled family. Chandler's performance has really anchored the past two seasons, as he does this one. He really shined last season, as Mendelsohn shined in the first season. Norbert Leo Butz who plays the younger brother Kevin is positioned initially as the one to shine this season, but in a few scenes, he's eclipsed by another.
Speaking of "Part 28," there is a funny moment between John and Kevin on a boat. It made me think that there would be more sibling rivalry between John and his remaining siblings. Unfortunately, that wasn't really the case. The ending isn't the most satisfying, but it works for the most part from where the whole thing started.
Running Time: 1 hr. / 10 eps.
Available on Netflix.