No spoilers, I promise.
Ozark is one of those shows that is difficult to describe. The title is both perfect and horrible because it completely throws the viewer off from the actual nature of the show, which is also what makes the title so fitting.
If you’ve never seen it, the first two seasons are basically about a Chicago accountant named Marty Byrde, played by Jason Bateman, who becomes embroiled with a Mexican drug cartel. He works out a deal with them to launder money in the Ozarks. Why the Ozarks of all places? I won’t tell you that, but trust me, it actually makes perfect sense. Marty moves his entire family down to the Ozarks, and, once there, the problems keep compounding and he just keeps getting deeper and deeper in trouble with the drug cartel, the locals, and even his own family.
The cast of all three seasons are fantastic. Jason Bateman is so stoic and cold, yet so absolutely likable–it’s quite something to watch. Laura Linney plays his wife, Wendy, and it’s not long until you realize that she is her own force to be reckoned with. Julia Garner plays Ruth, a local girl from the trailer park who, throughout the three seasons, finds herself both a rival and an aide to Marty.
The absolute star of season three, however, is Tom Pelphrey. Pelphrey plays Ben, and I won’t tell you anything about him because any hint of information would spoil aspects of the show. It turns out that I’ve seen Pelphrey before in Netflix’s Iron Fist, but he’s so good in this season of Ozark that I didn’t even recognize him! His talents are absolutely showcased and he became an instant favorite of mine. (I admit that Ben’s character is very problematic if analyzed at a deeper level. That’s a topic for later, though.)
Ozark is generally well written, well acted, and intense, but season three outdid itself. The twists and turns were captivating, the characters continue to get more and more interesting, and the plot definitely satisfies as it feels both intricate and organic. Oh, and those last sixty seconds of the season … they caught me completely off guard.
Enjoy! And, please, no spoilers in the comments.