" The show is at its best when Marty and Wendy fight, both think they know what’s best for their family and to prove there individual points they fight with each other in the most unimaginable ways possible. "
Ozark Season 3 elevates efficiently by giving the best season of the show but it still doesn’t build future arcs. The show thrives by giving an immediate response to the problems of the plot rather than building a solution that lasts longer.
Season 3 starts just after six months of season 2. Marty is managing the casino while Wendy is trying to expand. Wendy is finding legitimate entities to invest and make a future whereas Marty is trying to pull her back from her dreams of the future by telling them to be dangerous for the family. This conflict is extended in ways that make this season amazing, some extra additions like the cartel war, Wendy’s brother Ben aka Tom Pelphrey of Iron Fist, Navarro’s direct contact and FBI’s constant investigation make this season, the very best among the other two seasons.
In season 2, the supporting character didn’t get proper grounds. There was a thrill, there were shocking moments but season 2 lacked a proper connection to all the characters, this season certainly fixed this problem. The show is at its best when Marty and Wendy fight, both think they know what’s best for their family and to prove there individual points they fight with each other in the most unimaginable ways possible. You won't even realize the first five episodes get over so quickly and nothing escalates much plot-wise, you are still at the same point even after five episodes which you were since the very beginning of the show. A couple’s fight couldn’t be any more interesting and engaging than this.
Season 3 also has a very interesting point this season actually takes out time to just breathe and let the things flow on its own, there aren’t rapid and shocking events happening at a constant pace like it did in the previous seasons. It makes the overall family drama appear better and natural. Even though the show has improved a lot it still has overlooked certain aspects which could have made the plot near perfect, the show has a tendency to rely on newer elements each season rather than installing small devices which give a bigger impact in the future. Some of the things are given more time than they deserve and has certainly increased the length of some episodes, more than an hour. This certainly makes the show appear a bit over-stretched at some places.
The acting by Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner is amazing as usual but Tom Pelphrey as Ben plays the role of a bipolar brother, there is a scene where he expresses his feelings to a cab driver after getting released from a mental institution. Tom Pelphrey acted that particular scene is acted with utmost authenticity, his character arc is also written brilliantly. Even Janet McTeer as Helen got more space to flourish and prove her acting skills. The background score looked very similar to the Outsider at some places but the songs towards the end and beginning roll of certain episodes were quite good. The dark green-blue setting of the Ozark continues the make the tone of the show better. Characters of Charlotte and Jonah weren’t given much to do in this season.
Overall, Season 3 of Ozark is effective and certainly the best but still has many points to cover. The crime-family drama has improved but hasn’t reached its maximum capability.
FINAL VERDICT - 3.5 / 5.