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Re: Netflix Originals

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#2 Post by domino harvey » Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:50 pm

I'm three episodes into Bloodline and that might be enough. Every episode so far follows the same tired pattern: seemingly endless interactions between uninteresting asshole family members slowly, slowly, slowly doing whatever they're doing in that episode, capped with a "shocking" flash-forward showing a violent surprise that seemingly counters everything we've seen previously. For the first episode it made sense: set up the stakes and then surprise the viewer with where the show is actually going. By episode three it became all too apparent that the show is withholding a lot of information for no reason than to provide arbitrary twists (presumably) episodes later. This isn't good narrative or suspense or remotely clever. It's just arrogant and contemptuous of the viewer. If you ever watched Parenthood and thought it would be a lot better if every character was horrible to each other and had no discernible personality traits beyond cookie cutter soap check-marks, then good news! I will monitor binge-watchers' reactions to see if all this nonsense adds up to anything resembling a satisfying whole before devoting more time to all of this, and I would advise others to do likewise

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#3 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:07 am

I finished the 2nd episode (going to do a slow burn on this one, maybe just two a day) but I can sympathize with what you're saying. It's pretty similar to what was done with Damages (the creators of which are also behind Bloodline), specifically the fast-forward stuff which was utilized well enough there but it feels like "been there done that" here.

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#4 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:22 am

Having watched a few more episodes I can say that that pattern breaks off by the time of the 5th episode, which might be the best one I've seen so far.

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#6 Post by domino harvey » Wed Apr 01, 2015 5:28 pm

Seriously?! Did you ever end up getting through it?

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#7 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:32 pm

Yes. I'll reiterate that the pattern you described breaks up by the 5th episode. The story takes some compelling detours (it's use of flashback is a little more effective than the flash-forwards at times) and throws a few red herrings here and there to make things a little more interesting. It certainly has some flaws, but it's not without it's positives too. If the 2nd season knows where to turn right where they should have turned left a few times during this first one then it'll be an improvement and maybe become a great show. Maybe.
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#9 Post by Lost Highway » Sun Aug 02, 2015 5:51 am

I gave up on this after four episodes. It struck me that it has the look and feel of "quality cable drama series" but not the substance. Despite a fantastic cast, beautiful cinematography and the languorous pace these things require, it struck me as insubstantial and repetitive, nothing more than a soap opera with cliched characters and the flashback/forward hook of Damages, which always was a bit of a con and made things look worse than they turn out. There never would have been another season if it had made good on its teasing.

I felt the same about The Affair btw, another soap masquerading as "quality cable drama" with portentous flash forwards and a narrative gimmick, which got inexplicably hyped and then showered with awards. I'll take Empire over this turgid stuffy any day, a prime time soap which is not ashamed of the label and which knows exactly what it does and does it with a degree of self-awareness and wit.

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