Saturday, January 29, 2022

What I’m Watching: Ozark (Season Premiere)

Ozark: Season 4, Episode 1 “The Beginning of the End” (B+)

I watched a few episodes of the first two seasons of this show and then screened the entire third season ahead of the Emmy Awards knowing that it was sure to pick up many nominations. Now, I’m officially on board, running through the first half of season four at the same time as or even before the public sees it. That opening was rather intense and violent, though we presumably won’t see what comes of it until the end of this seven-episode run or maybe even the back half of the season. It was jarring to then see Wendy washing blood out of her head, which we later learned were “pieces of Helen,” a rather blunt and descriptive piece of imagery. Navarro’s request to have himself laundered is certainly going to present a challenge, but Marty and Wendy have always been resourceful. The complicating factors are, of course, that Javi has come to town and thought that murdering a law enforcement official for no real reason was a smart first act, and that Jonah, like Ruth, is working to directly undermine his parents so that he can get back at them for what he sees as their wrongdoings, namely Wendy killing Ben. Jonah asking Charlotte if she could imagine killing him was a poignant moment, but she has obviously adapted her parents’ sentiments on the matter, telling him he needs to grow up. The private investigator looking for Helen to get a signature is extremely inconvenient, and there’s no way that doesn’t get very messy.

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