Ozark started out as a sort-of poor man's "Breaking Bad," but has found its own tense, twisty identity. Setting up a particularly juicy arc for its main characters played by Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, the third utterly binge-worthy season ranks as the Netflix drama's best yet.
I would describe Ozark as the Breaking Bad of the midwest. It's an incredible show that in my opinion is on par with Breaking Bad, at least up until the last season. Ozark has mastered the feel of tension. Every moment felt like an imminent implosion was about to happen, and I was on the edge the whole time. The acting was phenomenal. Every single character felt real, and it really brought the show together. The only possible negative of Ozark, is the ending and the second half of the last season. I understand why the writers chose to end the way they did, but its still just felt a little off. It almost feels like show went out with a whimper just a bit. However, that did not ruin what was otherwise and amazing show, and I still give it a 10 out of 10.
It’s pretty good. And, given present circumstances, pretty good is just fine. ... Bateman and Linney are both powerhouses and watching great actors chew their way through trashy dialogue brings its own pleasures. The cinematography is irresistible, too.
While the pilot, directed by Bateman, matches the rest of the show’s bleak color palette, it unfolds mechanically and predictably. ... The final episodes reflect the evolution of a series that transcends the sum of its initially uneven parts.
The second season of Ozark, however, is a 10-episode slog of grinding narrative gears, ominous pronouncements about consequences, affectless violence and a monochromatic aesthetic that left me giggling at its miserable pretensions.
A mediocre series that threw everything it could at the wall to keep it moving forward. The strength of the series was its tone and Ruth. The top of this class, like Breaking Bad, are re-watchable, Ozark isn't.
Seasons 1 and 2 had some interesting flaws, but they carried on by the slightly, 'lost in the woods' look of the Byrd family whilst their family story had strong support from some interesting characters. Season 3 on the other hand is a tedious 'Breaking Bad' knockoff that has characters that just won't shut up no matter how much you want them to stop talking and on top of that they either killed off or wrote out every interesting character from the 1st two seasons. This series is a way for the producers to wave the flag for 'cool, sexy, criminals' and the absurdity of woke misandry taking over the drug trade! Burn in hell producers, burn in hell, you are safe in your gated communities and mansions, whilst drug addicts go on crime sprees (in poor areas) and die in the streets. You evil ****.
If you didn't like the LOST series finale you will be even less satisfied with Ozark's. For perspective, LOST was a better series including the finale. If I had an idea the producers had COP OUT at the end as their plan, I wouldn't have watched the series period. It is a crime drama but the biggest crime was the ending.