The season of second seasons is upon us. After Stranger Things Season 2 that dropped a while ago, we have had the GLOW season dropping. Post that, there’s confirmed news of an Iron Fist Season 2 that will drop sometime this week. In all this, Netflix also got some time to drop the second season of Jason Bateman’s Ozark, that middling piece of content about a money launderer who falls in trouble with the mafia after his partner is caught for stealing. The first season was set in a fictional town, Ozark, and therefore the name. Bateman’s character thinks that he is the only one who will be in trouble, but that’s not the whole story. Soon, Bateman’s entire family comes into the picture and even some other criminals who he wouldn’t want to be seen with.
Also Read: Ozark Season 1, Review
In the second season, Marty Byrde and family to another city and try to set up a casino. This has them interact with politicians, criminal overlords, union people and some very, very rich and very brutal people. The storyline what’s expected of a thriller and keeps the audience engaged. The drama’s there as well.
This time, there are several other characters and it’s a good thing that the series keeps a finger on the Byrde family life – that was one of the shining points of the first season, so its good that the second season has the same tonality. This is the one aspect that sets Ozark Season 2 apart from the other web series about straight gone crooked. For example, the younger son, Jonah is now interested as much in guns as he’s interested in what’s going on in his family. His sister, Charlotte is already huffing puffs with boys who are ‘different’ and ‘not like that’.
What’s Wow: The series adds more content to some of the characters introduced in the previous season, like the young Ruth, who now must handle her criminal father and the empire that she’s helping build.
This is a multiple directorial, but all the styles are complementary to the storyline. The dull, dark cinematography is perfect for a series that’s hard as nails and bitter as ginger. This is season 2, and the main cast is already in the skin of the character. With no new surprises, this series should sail through.
With that, coming to the concept of Ozark, it will be a polarizing one. The concept of good guy gone bad is very difficult to set up and there’s a lot of negativity towards such projects. When House of Cards started, it was just an upstart politician trying to save his job. Now, it has become absurd cinema that doesn’t seem to be ending. That’s the problem with the characters. Those who begin out being so well liked have a out of jail card from the audience’s side, and that gives the writers great leeway.
What’s Blah: Nothing
Parting Shot: Ozark Season 2 is at par with its previous season. Watch this for a slow burn.
Cast: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Jordana Spiro, Jason Butler Harner, Esai Morales, Peter Mullan, Lisa Emery, Charlie Tahan
Created by: Bill Dubuque, Mark Wiliams
Ozark Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.