Ozark: Book of Ruth
August 7, 2017 8:10 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Jacob educates Marty on his business. Ruth devises and sets in motion a deadly plan. Rachel learns Marty is cooking the books at the Blue Cat Lodge.
posted by aabbbiee (4 comments total)
I've seen 7 or 8 episodes so far. After the first two, I could not understand why critics were panning the show as a not great Breaking Bad copy. But I just watched all 62 BB episodes for the 3rd time, and yeah, they are not on the same level.
posted by growabrain at 9:48 PM on August 7 [1 favorite]

The AV Club disliked it too.

Okay, yes, this isn't Breaking Bad. It's not on that level. But Breaking Bad was the best show of the decade, and arguably this has been the greatest decade for good television in the history of television, so I am not quite sure why "it's not as good as Breaking Bad" is a reason to dislike it.

This quote (from your article): "And Ozark doesn’t really give its characters much to lose beyond their own lives — the tangible stakes are present, but the spiritual ones are nowhere to be found."
What? Why isn't it enough that he's fighting for the lives of his family, his children? Why isn't that enough? If Martin Byrde could make a different choice, if he could go back and make the choice not to be a money launderer, then he probably would make that choice. But he doesn't have many options right now, and he's desperately doing whatever he can to keep his family alive.
posted by aabbbiee at 7:34 AM on August 8 [1 favorite]

It's coming back at episode 8, the flashback
posted by growabrain at 7:32 PM on August 8

I know it isn't as "good" as Breaking Bad but I find the characters so much more relatable and interesting to watch. I mean I don't think Laura Linney is capable of playing someone without any agency at all (she's just too good!) but I was really relieved that she got to be an active participant in the story. Ultimately I think this show has some heart and that's why I liked watching it.
posted by TheLateGreatAbrahamLincoln at 5:01 AM on August 12

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