Saturday, July 4, 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 4 “Boss Fight” (B)

Marty’s absence was very immediately felt after he continued on with his captors to Mexico and Ruth and Ben retreated to pick up the pieces. Ben seemed quite alarmed to learn that his sister and her family were in bed with the cartel, and Wendy wasn’t at all pleased with his physical outburst. She remained relatively calm aside from one breakdown, and Ruth swooped in to manage Agent Miller, saying all the right things and urging her to back off one of their customers, who just happened to be unemployed substitute teacher Ben, brother of the casino owner. Agent Miller pointing out that Marty’s abduction meant that they could go after Navarro was not at all comforting since we know that wouldn’t end well for anyone, most especially Agent Miller herself, and the Byrdes, despite being on the wrong side of the law, are the characters we ultimately want to see succeed, like the Sopranos or other sympathetic TV criminals. Marty kept himself entertained counting bottles of beer on the wall in song and flashing back to his own past when he last had to distract himself from misery, and he was bold to fully express himself when Navarro brought him in for an audience. What impressed most, of course, was his grace under pressure and his near-instantaneous ability to fix the problem that had been created while he was allegedly in Kansas City. Things aren’t going to be smooth now that he’s home but at least he managed that miraculous return without anything more than psychological injuries.

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