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That was an excellent opening to S3. Some very very tense scenes.

 

This is going to be great

 

I wish they would do that quartered O thing at the end as well as the beggining though, so I could nod nod along and go 'oh yeah, got that one'

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Watched the first half of season three over the weekend, it’s great TV.


Veers from blackly comic to genuinely tense without feeling jarring, with the overall plot bubbling nicely in the background as the season unfolds.

 

And Ruth (Julia Garner) is still the series’ MVP, she’s fantastic.

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Finished season three. Outstanding.

 

So many moments that could have been single major hooks in other shows just get layered on top of each other. Gasped several times during the finale thanks to some beautifully written misdirection.
 

Comfortably my favourite thing on Netflix right now, and can’t think of too many other shows I’m more excited about coming back for another season.


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1 hour ago, Pug said:

This and Succession are by far the best TV shows ever made.

 

Ever made may be a stretch but they are both a cut above most others at present.

 

To my taste Ozark is greatly superior to Breaking Bad (which I can still never understand the fuss about). I'm not entirely sure why as both shows have a  similar premise, and my main gripe with breaking bad was always the lack of peril with a small cast that had to survive any scrapes for the show to continue (which Ozark of course shares).

 

Ozark seems so low on frills, its not smug or self satisfied and I think that goes a long way with me, its telling a compelling story in a nice linear manner with none of the stupid cut up time sequences or flashbacks that seem quite on trend. 

 

Halfway thru season 3 and we're limiting to an ep a night to string it out a bit.

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1 hour ago, Pug said:

This and Succession are by far the best TV shows ever made.

 

I absolutely loved season 1 of both of these, and then totally tuned out in season 2 of both of these. They both get into the maguffin padding syndrome and become repetitive with zero progression. I was so disappointed with Succession season 2. 

I wasn;t gonna bother with Ozark S3, but after the great nods here I'll get to it.

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1 hour ago, Gotters said:

To my taste Ozark is greatly superior to Breaking Bad (which I can still never understand the fuss about). I'm not entirely sure why as both shows have a  similar premise, and my main gripe with breaking bad was always the lack of peril with a small cast that had to survive any scrapes for the show to continue (which Ozark of course shares).

 

I think in either series you could easily see a major character being bumped off in the later seasons. And this seems like a slightly strange criticism of BB when

 

Spoiler

quite a large proportion of the major characters did indeed die by the end!

 

I do know what you mean though, in terms of it being quite unlikely that the main protagonists are going to drop out very early on. If anything, it feels to me like Ozark suffers from small cast syndrome a bit more, in the sense that much of the time it doesn't really seem like you're seeing parts of enormous criminal enterprises and drug empires, not when Helen or Darlene, presumably in command of many hired goons, are swanning around doing everything on their own at enormous and unnecessary personal risk. This felt less true of, say, Gus in BB.

 

Anyway, this is pretty minor criticism. Ozark is going from strength to strength and I struggle to think of much that I've seen Bateman in where he hasn't been perfectly suited.

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Savouring S3. Only watched the first two episodes.  Bateman and Linney are incredible in this. Actually, the performances are all pretty awesome. Darlene is terrifying. 
 

Whilst they ratchet up the tension really well, it’s all about the properly rounded and flawed characters excellently portrayed and how the Birds leave this trail of destruction behind them.

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