What’s the deal?
The story revolves around the Rayburn family. They are a wealthy and important family from Islamorada in the Florida Keys that run a BEAUTIFUL hotel. They are like the Kennedy’s of the Keys. And the whole family is reuniting at said family owned hotel to celebrate their parents getting honored by the town, including the black sheep of the family, Danny. And trust me, the reunion doesn’t end well. For anybody. They do seem like a normal family at first. Siblings squabbling about trivial details. Mom wanting to see all her kids together. Boring right? Wrong. So wrong. Family hostilities and the shadows from the past cause the sibling and parental relations to fly off the cuckoo’s nest.
The Main Players:
Danny Rayburn- Danny is the first born of the Rayburn kiddies. And as he’s referred to by his father in the first episode, he’s the one who got away. He’s the family member who never visits, and when he does, it’s to ask for a $20. You know the type. He’s the dark bro that threatens to eclipse and expose the Rayburn’s happy and respected family. His arrival in the Keys is set up for disaster since almost the first words of the show. Danny will make you feel angry, pity, amusement, and hatred. He’s one of the most interesting characters right now and will most likely remain that way for many seasons.
John Rayburn- Johnny boy is the straight laced and practical sibling. He’s got it all. The beautiful wife, the great kids, a FREAKING beautiful house on the water (like it honestly should be featured on “House Hunters” or something), and the great job as a detective in the sheriff’s department. He’s the glue that holds the family together, the one who’s always playing the referee. But as his brother Danny warns, “Your life won’t always be this perfect.” That truth really sets the tone for this good ole’ boy to become something he, nor his family, can recognize.
What’s so great about it:
The pilot starts off with a daring move. It reveals the end of the season, like a major spoiler alert, in the first episode. Through a voice over, it gives the chilling details of how a family turned dark because they had no other choice. It was a make or break move, but it provides a fresh twist to the show. The whole season is based on building up anticipation and suspense as it slowly reveals the events that lead to their dramatic flashbacks.
Perk of Watching:
The setting in the Florida Keys offers such spectacular scenery, even if you can’t travel somewhere tropical this summer, the crystal clear water and pristine beaches will give you the urge to go make a Pina Colada.
Watching this nugget trying to dance
Check out the trailer here: