You want to know the reason why I binge-watched the new Netflix series, OZARK? Because of one tweet on twitter:
I have much respect of Mark Cuban as a business owner, NBA team owner, as well as a consumer of entertainment. I had already heard about the buzz surrounding this new show and I’m a fan of some of Jason Bateman’s more recent work (Arrested Development, Juno). In fact, Bateman himself directed FOUR of this season’s episodes and I think they were the strongest of the entire 10 episode series. When I saw Cuban tweet about it, I grabbed my tablet, sat down, and watched the first episode and like a fish in the Missouri River, I was hooked!
OZARK is about a man by the name of Marty Byrd, played by Jason Bateman, a financial planner who launders money for the second largest drug cartel in Mexico. After a scheme goes horribly wrong, Marty makes a deal with his employer to try a new money laundering scheme by relocating his family from a Chicago suburb to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. It is here that Marty must successfully launder 8 million dollars before the summer season is over or else he and his family will be killed.
Laura Linney plays Marty’s wife, Wendy Byrde, who starts the series off as a homemaker but soon becomes more involved in Marty’s scheme by helping identify businesses that Marty can use to launder money. Wendy also has drama of her own, which she brings with her from Chicago and some of which has caused tension between her and Marty. It makes for great dramatic television!
Marty and Wendy’s two children are also having to deal with being suddenly pulled from Chicago and moved to a new area that they have no knowledge about. Fifteen year old Charlotte, played by Sofia Hubitz, wants nothing more than to be able to return to her old life back in Chicago. She does a lot of growing up in the series because she has to due to the situation that her parents have put them all in. Thirteen year old Jonah, played by Skylar Gaetner, is a boy who becomes interested in dead animals, guns, and birds. He is more reserved and quiet than his sister, but his top priority is making sure that his family is safe, by whatever means possible.
Let’s not forget about the Ozarks itself and the vast amount of characters inhabiting it! The Langmore family, with Ruth Langmore, played by Julia Garner, whose father, Cade, is in prison for reasons unknown, she quickly shows that she too has quite the potential of becoming a dangerous criminal. Russ Langmore, played by Marc Menchaca, he’s Ruth’s uncle and is a father to two boys, Wyatt and Three, and wants a better life for both of them. Boyd Langmore, played by Christopher James Baker, who is in his 40s but acts like he’s still a teenager, although his heart is always family first and he cares a lot about his his brother Russ.
The other family name that gives Marty such a headache is Snell, led by Jacob, played by Peter Mullan, and his wife, Darlene, played by Lisa Emery. The Snell family is the oldest family in the Ozarks and with that comes some deep roots and influence into the local community, which Marty runs into time and time again.
All the while, the FBI is tracking Marty and his family. Agent Roy Petty, played by Jason Butler Harner, goes deep undercover to do whatever it takes to get to Marty so that he can convince him to go into the Witness Protection Program.
I could go on and on about all the schemes and drama and relationships and “wow” moments that this show has, but I don’t want to spoil anything. I want you to watch it unfold for yourself! I didn’t mention all the cast of characters and what each of them brings to the show, because I’d have to write a book about it! Trust me when I say that if you’re looking for a good, solid dramatic show with great direction, awesome scenery, and incredible acting, then you need to login into Netflix right now and watch episode one of OZARK.
You can thank me later. 🙂