TV Club: Bloodline asks how far John Rayburn is willing to go

This felt like the episode of Bloodline I’ve been waiting for. It doesn’t necessarily fix all the shortcomings of the season, but it’s a rare episode of the series that has a conclusive and engaging arc all on its own. So many episodes of Bloodline feel like table setting, and that’s certainly true of the first three installments of this season. Bloodline does a lot of building—slow, meticulous building. In season one, it all came together, but the writers hooked by teasing what was to come. In season two, they’re asking for even more patience. But “Part 17” has a clear beginning, middle, and end. It sends John on an specific arc that reflects the more zoomed-out question he has been grappling with for the entire series. On a macro scale, John has been asking himself the question of whether he is good or …

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