The Netflix The crime drama "Ozark" may not be exactly what you think of when you hear the phrase "high octane number". While there are a few big explosions, there are far more scenes in which people are urgently talking to each other while being filmed in muted tones.
A more appropriate description could be "high pulse rate". Once you follow the story of Marty and Wendy Bird (played by Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, respectively), a Chicago couple who moved to the Ozarks to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel, you'll find out how bad their circumstances are are you are drawn from one desperate conflict to the next. And the occasional scenes of cruel violence remind you of the fate that awaits you if you screw it up.
The show has been repeatedly compared to "Breaking Bad" (we even made the comparison in our review of season one), but "Ozark" seems to have a different moral arc until season three; Instead of allowing viewers to descend straight into the dark, the show lives in a darker area, with the feeling of a bad choice – perhaps inevitable – leading to another.
In the latest installment of the Original Content podcast, two of your regular hosts are accompanied by Megan Rose Dickey to express our admiration, to summarize the complex storylines of the season and to argue whether the increasingly choppy behavior of the birds is forgivable.
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And if you want to continue, the episode does the following:
1:00 "Ozark" season 3 review
28:00 "Ozark" season 3 spoiler discussion