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Review: Bloodline Season 2 Episode 6 "Part 19"

Bloodline’s slow burn pacing for the most part doesn’t work in this episode as the first half keeps the narrative stagnant and much of it recycles earlier ideas and plot twists, however, as the series realign itself with its initial focus upon the concept of family, it begins to become more intriguing and more complex with Sally’s storyline and overall deterioration being well executed, though while John’s downward spiral into anti-heroism is sometimes apparent, it isn’t consistent enough or focussed upon enough to have much impact on the wider story. 7.3/10

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Review: Bloodline Season 2 Episode 5 "Part 18"

There are some nice directorial choices and the cinematography and performances are as stunning as always, but the poor pacing and unconvincing character decisions further damage this episode, absent of any explosive reveals or rather anything to push the narrative forward, focussed rather on character development and relationships as well as some strong thematic points, all of which is executed well, but slowly the audience’s investment in such development is going to wane if the pace doesn’t quicken. 6.9/10

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Review: The Path Season 1 Episode 10 "The Miracle"

Perfectly balancing mystery elements with family drama, this finale contains alot of beautifully directed conflict that sets the stage for Season 2, and though a few plot devices are contrived or simply unreasonable and there is still little interest in Mary’s storyline outside of her interactions with Cal, the potential for the show to go down a supernatural route is incredibly intriguing especially as the series becomes less predictable and makes the audience question everything, reflecting the mentality of the characters. 9.1/10

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Review: Bloodline Season 2 Episode 4 "Part 17"

Bookended by two perfectly directed sequences that emphasise the shows ability to create tension out of its complex relationships, Bloodline is certainly not predictable as the drama escalates with the entry of a few new players as well as exquisite acting and cinematography, however, again the slower pace means a lot of the impact is diluted and the show’s portrayal of anti-heroism seems a little forced and on the nose, but with the ending’s big reveal, the show’s greater direction should be highlighted in the coming episodes. 8.5/10

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Review: Bloodline Season 2 Episode 3 "Part 16"

This episode begins brilliantly, with a quicker pace and various moments of thrill, however, ultimately Bloodline returns to it’s normal slow burn, which is fine in developing the show’s conflict and the numerous figures with connections to Danny, while certainly continuing to elevate the paranoia and fallout of Danny’s death, helped by superb direction and acting, but at the moment while there is a lot of talk of the antagonist’s threat and the repercussions upon the Rayburn family, there is little action or evidence of it. 8.3/10

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Review: Bloodline Season 2 Episode 2 "Part 15"

While still unable to keep a solid pace, Bloodline does have a few moments of distinctively contrived material especially in regard to Kevin’s ‘business’ plan, yet the storyline doesn’t feel forced, an accumulation of the psyche of this character and the pressures towards him, which is something this show excels at, digging into the intentions and morals of each character and how far they are willing to go, as storylines begin to intertwine and the stakes heighten. 8.7/10

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Review: Bloodline Season 2 Episode 1 "Part 14"

It does suffer from many of the same issues that plagued the first season such as unnecessary scenes and a tediously slow pace, but the overall tension and conflict that is created makes the effort worth it, as the characters are perfectly rattled by the fallout of season one, leading to a number of interesting reveals and a cliff-hanger ending, bolstered by strong acting and stunning cinematography. 7.9/10

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