Pedestrian dialogue, plotting, undistinguished direction undermines performances
While I truly wish to see Canadian productions and performers flourish, it's hard to see something like Bad Blood, Season 1 and Season 2, ep 1, as nothing more than a shadow of its American counterparts in the vein of The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and Better Call Saul. These series provide complex characters and pointed, cobra-like dialogue combined with sinuous, sophisticated plotting against a backdrop where violence, death and imprisonment are truly palpable and visceral threats. Characters walk on a highwire where the stakes are high. In Bad Blood, the violence and bloodshed lack punch, thanks to undistinguished direction. Despite the assiduous efforts of Kim Coates and Co, this is tame, stereotypical episodic television. Maybe Season 2 will improve as it progresses, but if Episode 1 is any indication, it will be more of the same, a crime drama lacking in depth, nuance and horror.
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