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Blood & Oil wraps up its truncated run with an overstuffed finale that resolves every conflict and storyline in the easiest way possible.
In what looks to be the penultimate installment of Blood and Oil’s mercifully short run, the moving pieces finally slam into each other and some much needed confrontations take place, albeit in a haphazard matter.
Blood & Oil realizes it’s time to kick things into gear with three episodes to go. It seems that ever since ABC cut its episode order from thirteen to ten, the soapy drama has been in overdrive.
Instead of forcing their characters to make tough decisions and examine their own principles, the writers employ deus ex machina and let Billy and Wick off the hook. It is this leniency with their characters that in part makes Blood & Oil so forgettable.
ABC has cut Blood & Oil’s episode order from thirteen to ten. This isn’t the worst television show I’ve ever watched but it has no business being on television, especially on prime time Sunday night as a lead-in to one of the network’s biggest hits.
It has officially been a full month of Blood & Oil and not much has changed since the pilot. Sure there are more characters and more storylines, but the melodramatic claptrap that forms the basis for the show is as strong as ever.
The third time is surprisingly not the charm for this cliche loving soap. Blood & Oil is back for more of the same with Episode 3, “Hustle and Flow”. Hap makes money and manipulates his family while Billy continues his track record of making outlandishly silly business decisions. All similarities to the Terrance Howard movie are purely coincidental.
How does one come back from a ridiculous debut? An oil fire of course. Blood & Oil comes back for another try but goes the same way as its predecessor. It’s not all bad news though. Some moderately promising storylines could add some spice to the rest of the season.
So much crazy stuff is jam packed into this episode that it’s hard to believe they’re saving anything for the rest of the season. Blood & Oil, which some are calling the new Dallas, seems set for the mid-season grave. But if some of its colleagues in the network quagmire are any indication, it could run for ten years.