Bad Blood versus reality, Part Two
By Michael Moriarty
In a certain way, the soul of villainy has always been the essence of a spoiled brat without an ounce of humility.
What is “humility?” For myself, it is the all-important recognition that there is a corner of the Universe that knows infinitely more than you do?!
You had better kneel before it!! Do as it tells you to!!!
And “it” is always or has always been foolishly represented by some figure on Earth!
Since Bad Blood tells the story of a family?!
An ITALIAN family?!
The SENIORS of that family carry all the decisive weight!
Presently, at the end of Episode Two in the First Series?!
Some assholes just drive by and shoot him?!?!
Something more villainous than Nico Jr.’s stupidity has driven by and upped the stakes!
Nico Jr. is not dead!
Only wounded, and in the hospital for a few days.
Before the female doctor exits, she says, “Just think of this as a miracle!”
Grateful for a miracle?!
From what we already know about Nico Jr., I doubt such humility from him is going to happen.
Possible first lesson from this series: A criminal family, no matter how hard it tries, can never escape the inevitable prices of its criminality! Prison may be the least threatening of those painful inevitabilities.
In the mind of that spoiled brat?!
For him, it confirms his delusion that he is now “HEAD OF THE FAMILY!”
“No,” he says, “I don’t have a death wish. I’m just trying to protect what’s ours!”
Now, in his own mind?!
He’s Al Pacino of Godfather.
His own paternal version of Marlon Brando is not dead yet but only in prison.
Makes no difference.
His father’s authority in prison is meaningless to him.
We in the audience, by now, are all fairly certain of how this whole drama is going to play out!
A civil war inside “The Family”?
It could very well destroy “The Family”.
Those who shot Nico Jr.?
“It could have been anyone,” says the consigliere.
Something like a half-dozen alternative villainies.
All the other gangs, bikers, etcetera?!
They all are suspects.
The grandfather of the family, performed superbly by Paul Sorvino, is only driven to prayer in Italian by the suicidal pretentions of his grandson.
Bad Blood, the first year of this series so far, is more than well worth your attention!
It’s brilliantly structured, inner-family nightmare is riveting!
Everyone on earth has had to endure the agonies within family!
We are, all of us, looking at ourselves.
Vito, the father in prison?!
He does exactly what he shouldn’t!
Instead of gratitude to his second in command, Declan Gardiner, he orders Gardiner, angrily and contemptuously, to simply protect his son.
Let that selfish-idiot continue to be that selfish-idiot?!
An utterly inhuman task!
Can’t be done for any great length of time.
And Vito’s behavior with Gardiner tells you exactly whom Nico Jr. inherited his stupidity from!
The eyes of the father, Vito, in PRISON?!
As blindly arrogant as his son’s.
Gardiner does say, “Yes, boss!”
In his eyes, however, is the entire nightmare he knows he will now face!
Flawless acting by everyone in a dramatized criminal family that knows no reasonable compromise.
In that moment?!
We become Declan Gardiner trying our best to do the impossible.
Much more than shit will hit the fan.
Blood and guts.
Both will rain down upon every character living in the melodrama of Bad Blood.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty