Ozark: a review

Season two of the Emmy-nominated, Netflix Original, Ozark, offered viewers an even closer look into the lives of the Byrde family. This new batch of ten episodes was released on Netflix at the end of August, but the craze and talk surrounding the show is still continuing.

I personally just began watching season one just a couple of weeks ago and was instantly hooked, finishing up both of seasons in no time. A true “binge-watcher” if I do say so myself.

I’m not sure if it was the acting from Jason Bateman, who plays the role of main character and patriarch, Marty Byrde, or the plotline of the money-laundering family that flees to Missouri, that originally captivated me.

This season continued to follow the trend of having each episode include at least one dilemma, often as a cliffhanger, for the Byrdes to solve. And by solve, I mean weasel their way out of. Whether it be convincing Agent Roy Petty (Jason Butler Harner) that they “have nothing to hide,” stopping Mason Young (Michael Mosley) from violent acts or convincing new partner like Wilkes (Darren Goldstein)  to bid on their new floating casino.

Another theme of this new season seemed to be the highlighting of several female roles. Matriarch of the Byrde family, Wendy (Laura Linney), stepped up in making more tough decisions as a means to keep her family alive. Charlotte Byrde (Sofia Hublitz), on the other hand, checked out of the family and all of its drama, eventually hiring an attorney to help her through the emancipation process. Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) became Marty’s “right hand man” and was given more responsibility and a raise, becoming full supervisor of the Lickety Splitz strip club.

The plotline surrounded the Byrdes’ efforts to get supporters for the building of a fourteenth casino in Missouri. What the Byrdes failed to mention to senators was that they planned to use the floating casino as a way to move their dirty money much quicker. After countless struggles, the season ends with the family (even Charlotte) posing together for a photo in front of the new casino on the river that they made possible.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ozark is likely to return to Netflix for a third season, next August 2019.

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Laurie Fogleman, a Freshman Communications major calls Norwood, North Carolina home. Aside from writing for CisternYard, Laurie is also on the Cross-Country and Track team for The College.

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