Friday, June 26, 2020

Emmy Catch-Up: Ozark

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. This year, I’m getting a jump start to check out the entire season of some of most high-profile shows I didn’t watch when they originally aired.

Ozark: Season 3, Episode 2 “Civil Union” (B)

One of the main reasons that I’m trying to get through these episodes before Emmy nominations are unveiled is that I want to be able to see the performances that will earn accolades before they’re officially cited. In my coverage of the Emmy races for The Film Experience, Tom Pelphrey’s name has emerged as a strong contender in the supporting actor category, and now I can see why. I’ve encountered Pelphrey before in “Iron Fist,” which I try to remember as minimally as possible, and “Banshee,” where he played a reformed white supremacist who became a police officer. Here, his character, Ben, is evidently much closer to criminal than public servant, even if his intentions, like punishing those who would torment a classmate, are theoretically good. Marty tried to be gentle in telling him to leave, and I’m sure his presence is going to prove to be very disruptive. Marty’s doing a good enough job of making things difficult on his own, deliberately sabotaging the deal that Wendy and Helen worked hard to negotiate just because he felt they were working against him. I immediately recognized Marceline Hugot from “The Leftovers” as Anita, who was far more eager to sell than her husband. We saw the consequences of Ruth’s actions towards Frank Jr. and knowing that they’re both untouchable is helpful even if this is sure not to be the last of their grievances. Helen is in the Ozarks now but her family is far from safe, and she’s obviously not comfortable sharing the details of what’s going on with her number one new ally Wendy.

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