Ozarklast episodes Confusing. Not because they’re not doing exactly the same thing that the hilarious Netflix crime thriller has been doing since 2017, but because they’re doing it with uncharacteristic passion. For a drama that features a number of gruesome executions and the unraveling depths of antagonists like Darlene Snell (Rest in Peace, Queen), serious suspense plays an almost eerie secondary role to the Byrdie swan song for season four. Certainly, there is bloodshed; There is always bloodshed. But these seven episodes are more about saying goodbye than misfortune — a stunning turn of tone for a show so dark that it threatened to drown a child one day.
Still, a surprisingly effective choice of finish. Although it does not offer even nearly the best excitement Ozark Overall, Season 4, Part Two of alternating sad hugs, surprise appearances, and foggy flashbacks almost delivers Friday night lights– Nostalgia will make you miss those money laundering maniacs when they go…whatever that happens.
Pick up shortly after the infamous Ruth (Julia Garner) “If you want to stop me, you will have to kill me!” The fiancé, Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) begin their last stretch, struggling to contain the wrath of their former protector. Ruth swears revenge after her cousin Wyatt (Charlie Tahan) is murdered by Jaffe (Alfonso Herrera), nephew of Mexican drug cartel leader Omar Navarro (Felix Solis). But of course, Ruth’s killing of Javi equals a dirty storm so Bydres do what they can to protect him from her and herself. Meanwhile, Charlotte (Sofia Hoblitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gartner)’s alliance with Ruth has caused problems since Jonah has been walking, talking and moving as a teen since Season 2 and loose lips sinking ships.
On the fringes, FBI agent Maya Miller (Jessica Francis Dukes) faces the consequences of Navarro’s arrest – just as special investigator Mel Satim (Adam Rothenberg) and Wendy’s father Nathan (Richard Thomas) arrive in the Ozarks in search of the “missing” Ben (Tom Belfry). But Wendy can’t focus on the possible discovery of her brother’s murder because she’s still in trouble over the cartel’s deal with Pharmaceutical CEO Claire Shaw (Katrina Link).
Sounds like a lot to follow? that it. As in past seasons, the intertwined drama and stakes of these dueling plot lines make some decent twists and turns around the Byrde family’s chaotic bond and across their sphere of influence. But there is a neglect in the overall execution of these episodes – via editing, cinematography, and above all, writing – that fundamentally undermine what remains of the series’ most successful tension-building.
Plot holes abound as fixed parts of OzarkThe inexplicably set aside ecosystem for unbaked Season 4 add-ons that at best seem out of place and at worst take you out of the story. For example, Kansas City Mafia boss Frank Cosgrove (John Bedford Lloyd) gets more than just a cameo appearance, while a relatively new character plays a wholly unearned role in the final episode which is so pivotal that it steals the show. Even as the more important characters appear, the energy seems to wane as their impulses grow darker. There’s not much to make your heart race, if only because each narrative movement feels forced by the need to get familiar characters to interact with each other one last time – even as the central story lacks a proper justification for doing so.
However, there is pleasure in seeing this cast – especially Lenny and Garner – chewing on their characters on a joint triumphal run. Whether it’s amazing Marty’s gravity-defying mobile stand or decoding cipher codes in the foregroundAnd The second season of Season 4 offers plenty of reminders of what made this show run so well for such a short time. Ozark It may not come out clean. But it doesn’t go beyond welcoming, either.