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Putting the "fun" in "dysfuntional family" - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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Putting the "fun" in "dysfuntional family"
Last weekend, I finished my bingewatch of Jinx, the real (if you could call it that) story of the Dursts- mainly about the oldest son and his amazing abilities to (a) do crimes, (b) cry out to be arrested for them, and (c) so far, for the most part, get away with them. I started the same director's earlier fictionalized account of the story on Netflix, but then a friend pointed me to Bloodline- and, almost a week later, I'm about halfway through THAT 13 episode Net-dump.

The parallels between the fictional Rayburns and the real Dursts are striking. Both are up-from-nothing land baron families, controlling remarkably rich tracts of land in two of the most exclusive enclaves of the country (midtown Manhattan and the Florida Keys). Both of the current generation involve families of four children- three sons and a daughter- in which the eldest male (and presumed heir) was deemed too prodigal to be put in charge of the family business, leaving the second son to that position and power and driving the eldest out of the inner circle. And into what? Both stories are full of violence against and possible homicide of close family members, the biggest of which went largely uninvestigated and officially unsolved for decades.

The Rayburns are less creepy- but not by all that much.

Since Bloodline is completely scripted, there's better development of the B-stories and minor characters.  Several of the womenfolk are very well written- not the least of which is the part of the matriarchal Mama Ray, played by Sissy Spacek, who is no longer sixteen in my mind thanks to this powerful performance.  On the other hand, I'm rather crushing on the lawyer daughter in the fam, despite her adultery and even more despite her questionable legal ability (what state allows a will to be executed with only one witness, one who's a major beneficiary under it? Not Florida.)

Few of the other characters can't be fully explained without either spoilers or things I don't even know yet, so for now I'll leave it at that. At least there isn't a Wegmans within 500 miles to tempt the ne'er-do-well oldest son into sub-stealing. His name? Danny, of course;)
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