Blood Series 2 does rather put me at a disadvantage because I never saw the first series. That said, I never saw the first two series of Broadchurch, but got the gist of it from series 3. Okay, so in this case, I’ve caught up with a summary of series 1 in order to save me six hours. If you watch a lot of TV dramas, it doesn’t take long to get up to speed with most.
That said, I do think that the first episode should’ve included a ‘Last time on…’ prologue for a few minutes, same as episode 2 does for episode 1, and so on… and bear in mind, I will mention some Series 1 elements in this review.
Jim Hogan (Adrian Dunbar) is brought back to his family following his daughter Fiona’s car accident at the start of episode 1, and before he can utter “Mother of God…”, he’s already getting hassle from some local lads who aren’t shy about shouting accusations that he bumped off his wife Mary in series 1. Was it him, or was it H from Line Of Duty? Or even H from Steps?
Along the way there’s family secrets, some family events that aren’t particular enticing, but there’s also all kinds of shenangans going on, I do find this series can get a bit confusing as it jumps about in the timeline. It would’ve been better if they’d captioned what point in the timeline we’re at as the series plays out.
However – One question: Why does the farm gate that requires a code to be opened, is done so from a unit that contains TWO combination keypads?!
Either way, when it comes to going into more detail about this first episode…
UPDATE Episode 2: The second episode put more meat on the bones of the story, but while it’s not the best drama I’ve seen in a long time, it’s pleasing enough to pass the time, and we’ve all got a lot of that at the moment, so it’s a good time to put it on.
UPDATE Episode 3: Well, everything slowed right down tonight…
UPDATE Episode 4: I’m still waiting for the plot to start in this one. Again, nothing happened that couldn’t have been whisked over in ten minutes.
UPDATE Episode 5: Well the finale has come and gone, and…
Blood Series 2 concludes tomorrow night on Channel 5 at 9pm with a double episode. It is not yet available to pre-order on DVD, but you can buy the Series 1 DVD.
If you missed it, you can watch the each episode on the My5 for 30 days after transmission.
Episode 1 Score: 6/10
Episode 2 Score: 6/10
Episode 3 Score: 1/10
Episode 4 Score: 1/10
Episode 5 Part 1 Score: 4/10
Episode 5 Part 2 Score: 2/10
Director: Maurice Sweeney
Producer: Ingrid Goodwin
Writer/Creator: Sophie Petzal
Music: Ray Harman
Jim Hogan: Adrian Dunbar
Fiona Crowley: Grainne Keenan
Paul Crowley: Ian Lloyd Anderson
Gillian Mooney: Fiona Bell
Tom Mooney: Denis Conway
Kian: Darragh O’Toole
Michael Hogan: Diarmuid Noyes
Marjorie Crowley: Bernadette McKenna
Dez Breen: Sean Duggan
OWen Mooney: Desmond Eastwood
Shane: Sean Gormley
Rose Crowley: Ruby Dunne
Joseph Crowley: James Heffernan
Driver: Kwasie Boyce
Gang member 1: Ciaran Hemeryck
Gang member 2: Wesley Bergin
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