Ozark: The Toll
August 8, 2017 7:24 AM - Season 1, Episode 10 - Subscribe

During his next sermon, Mason falters. Wendy and the kids are caught trying to flee their home. Marty brokers a deal between Jacob and Del.
posted by aabbbiee (8 comments total)
 
I live about one hour away from the Lake of the Ozarks, and I really think they got a lot right with the setting and the tone of the series. I know they shot it on location in Georgia, but they found an area that matches the woodsy karst topography of the Ozarks, and it worked for me.

Also, I liked this show a lot, and I hope it gets a second season because I want to see more.

The acting is good. I wonder if they had a lot of discussions about putting facial hair on Jason Bateman, because it was hard to get used to him in a serious role. I think facial hair or glasses would have helped a bit. But he is good. Laura Linney is always great. They chose good actors for the kids, and Julia Garner is a knock-out (as she has been already as a recurring character on The Americans).
posted by aabbbiee at 7:42 AM on August 8 [1 favorite]


I liked it too: the last episode was haunting & surprisingly well-crafted.
posted by growabrain at 12:44 AM on August 10


Gah, I'm mainly just relieved that Mason didn't drown the baby.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:52 PM on August 12 [1 favorite]


Hmm, The Truth About Women and White Supremacy (TheCut, not directly related to the show, just an article about the "behind the scenes" power/intentions imposed by [a] certain woman[women] in extremist movements).

That scene felt believable/unbelievable, like, "naw that's too far fetched" but "well, you know?" and then "yeah I've seen this kind of shit before in a different situation."

I've enjoyed the show not the least for crisis porn. The writers establish early that *everyone* is corrupt (or at least corruptible). I was expecting pushback from the wife, but she's just as pragmatic as he is (and with hustle, too!) and went all in immediately when plausible escape options vanished.

Really liked the writing on the Charlotte character. If there's a second season, this could be an interesting arc (adapting from self-perceived social superiority; whether she embraces her situation and be proactive, remain aloof and resentful and reactive, or just withdraw).

Jonah is identifying for me. Interesting (and novel? respectful, certainly) narrative of being "misunderstood."

That the skinny Langmore is ok with the beardy Langmore's homosexuality and tried reaching out about it, very cool.

Some of the financial stuff... doesn't really make sense (like, that wouldn't really work), but lots of that could be the crisis realing.

The owner of the Blue Oyster was annoying - lack of conviction. Could be an interesting plot arc with Marty if there's another season.
posted by porpoise at 8:02 PM on August 13 [1 favorite]


Yeah, Mason really held that baby under for a long time!

I really enjoyed this - I think the "crisis porn" aspect was definitely part of it - the idea of what would you be able to do if you had to go into full on survival mode, but with I guess the twist that it's both Marty and Wendy in it together rather than one trying to keep things from the other.

I was a bit sceptical at first, but I believed Jason Bateman in the role (although I did enjoy what I like to think are conscious nods to AD - like when he bikes up to the construction site).
posted by crocomancer at 4:55 AM on August 15 [1 favorite]


Most things in this show did not work for me, but I appreciate what it was trying to be.
posted by Monochrome at 12:44 PM on August 27


Very surprised how casually they killed Del. And it only makes the Snells more terrifying, as Marty is now squarely under their thumb with no counterbalancing baddy to motivate the Snells to do anything less than they want with him.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:25 PM on August 28


Also, does anyone else feel like Jacob Snell's speaking voice is uncannily like John Prine's?
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:25 PM on August 28


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