July 21, 2017 at 1:17 am #1202160383
I watched the first episode and first and foremost, Laura Linney is supporting, at least based on the first episode. She should be competing in supporting but I know she will fraud to lead. This is 100% the Jason Bateman show.
Depending on how much traction the show picks up, which I think it will only in the acots branch, Easi Morales is somebody to lookout for in guest Actor.
This has been getting a lot of bloodline comparisons. Plot wise its different, but tonally and visually it is the exact same show. Visually its just too damn dark. Its like the camera is wearing sunglasses or something. It was a bit slow and Jason Bateman was very unlikable. He did a decent job acting but nothing revalatory. The pilot would be a good submission though.
Critical buzz says that Julia Garner is the easy stand out.M I can’t wait to get to her part.
The show is decent, and I will keep watching it because there isn’t anything good to watch right now besides old stuff, but it is very unnecessarily dark and slow. The first episode was entirely set up and we did not need that. I wish they would have have started past the set up and let us pick up on what happened. We didn’t need all of this unnecessary stuff. The only character I didn’t dislike was Laura Linney who was decent and could be a contender in supporting.
Sugarwood grade: D
MVP: Jason BatemanJuly 21, 2017 at 4:42 am #1202160528
“The show is decent”
……huh?July 21, 2017 at 8:06 am #1202160708
Decent enough to keep watching when there is nothing on TV.July 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm #1202160996
I should have used a different word than decent. It was not decent. It was not good. It wasn’t terrible. It was bd. When I said decent I meant decent enough to keep watching when there is nothing good on TV. If this was on in April I wouldn’t even think about giving it a second chance. And di y’all actually read my review? Here are some quotes that back up the D:
Visually its just too damn dark.
but it is very unnecessarily dark and slow.
The first episode was entirely set up and we did not need that.
The only character I didn’t dislike was Laura Linney
We didn’t need all of this unnecessary stuff.
Once Y’all actually watch it, maybe y’all will agree. It showed promise but it wasn’t very good. So yes, I gave it a D.July 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm #1202161003
U gave Gypsy a D too, r they comparable in quality?July 21, 2017 at 2:58 pm #1202161027
U gave Gypsy a D too, r they comparable in quality?
The pilots were both not good in my opinion. Interesting premises that were way to slow and boring. Ozark is a bit better but not by much. However, in my opinion, Ozark shows more promise, so I will keep watching it. I think that is also why the critics like Ozark much better than Gypsy. So I think the pilots are both bad, but Ozark seems like it could come together to become much better. Gypsy seems like it’ll stay a mess.July 21, 2017 at 7:16 pm #1202161271
The second episode was much better. Still not great, but “decent” enough to keep watching when there is nothing good on TV.
Julia Garner was VERY good in this second episode and if one supporting actress had to get nominated, I would much rather it be her than Laura Linney. The second episode shows me even more that Linney is for sure supporting.
Bateman has several speeches and this episode would make for a good tape.
One problem I had was why was only one suitcase of money taken when they were all right next to each other? Did I miss something?
Now since y’all pick my grade apart if I don’t explain every detail of why I put it low, here is what I didn’t like about it:
even though the pacing was better, it was still very slow
The lead and the family is not likable and I would rather watch a show staring Julia Garner’s chaacter
Too much set up and say to any unessecsary scenes. The first two episodes could have easily been put into one. While I did think it was sort of interesting seeing him go from business to business we did not need that much. It was repetitive and boring.
The show thinks we are stupid, Jason Bateman is constantly monologuing the plot to us. We get it.
My grade: C
MVP: Julia Garner
If this show does well come award season I suspect this episode would be a potential writing submission.July 21, 2017 at 8:49 pm #1202161339
I’m actually starting to enjoy this show. It isn’t great but it is intriguing. Very flawed though. Episode 3 was a C for me. And this is Laura Linney’s tape. She had 2 scenes where she throws a fit. Bateman’s tape is probably going to be the second episode, from what I’ve seen.
I actually recommend this show. I didn’t like the first episode but it gets much better. It isn’t very good but there is nothing good on and this is a show that is so dark and gloomy and depressing that its fun.
I encourage you to force yourself to watch it post the bad first episode.
Critics said that there is no humor but the third episode made me laugh a few times.
Julia Garner is amazing.July 21, 2017 at 9:50 pm #1202161385
Just finished the first episode, the only part I liked was the radiohead song at the end. I actually liked Gypsy more just based on one episode. I’m looking forward to Julia Garner though because she’s amazing and I love her.July 21, 2017 at 9:55 pm #1202161393
Just finished the first episode, the only part I liked was the radiohead song at the end. I actually liked Gypsy more just based on one episode. I’m looking forward to Julia Garner though because she’s amazing and I love her.
Julia Garner is great, it gets much better once she is introduced. She arguably is more of a lead than Linney once she comes into play. Her character is a lot of fun.July 21, 2017 at 10:06 pm #1202161410
What I hate most about this show is that it thinks the viewers re stupid. We know everything that is going to happen. It never gives us an opportunity to pick up on hints and predict the twists. At least twice an episode a character will explain their plan and the whole plot of the show. We get it!!! There is not much room for twists when they keep telling us what is happening. An example was when Julia Garner was explaining her plan about what to do with Criminal Michael Bluth and she revealed her end game. We are not stupid. We know she’s plotting something. We didn’t need her to layout the plot of the show before the stuff actually happens. Because of that this show can’t surprise me.July 21, 2017 at 10:07 pm #1202161412
I liked the first episode due to the intense scenes but Esai Morales’ performance wasn’t very intimidating for me. I’m still on episode 3 which I accidentally slept on so I have to rewatch it but I have a feeling that it will improve as it goes by.July 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm #1202162013
I finished it. I ended up enjoying it even though it wasn’t very good. I’d say its at the level of Bloodline season 1.It is essentially trying to be Bloodline + Homeland/The Americans but not near as good as good as the last two.
Sugarwood-D (MVP-Jason Bateman)
Blue Cat- C (MVP- Julia Garner)
My Dripping Sleep- C (MVP- Laura Linney)
Tonight we Improvise- C (MVP- Julia Garner)
Ruling Days- C- (MVP- Jason Bateman)
The Book of Ruth- B (MVP- Julia Garner)
The Nest Box- B (MVP- Laura Linney)
Kaleidoscope- C (MVP- Laura Linney)
Coffee, Black- B (MVP- Julia Garner)
The Toll- B+ (MVP- Laura Linney)
Season MVP- Julia Garner
Honorable Mention- Laura Linney
Breakthrough performer- Julia Garner
Jason Bateman- Lead Actor in a drama series- “Blue Cat
Laura Linney- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series- “My Dripping Sleep”
Julia Garner- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series- “The Book of Ruth”
Esai Morales- Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Writing in a Drama Series- “The Toll”
Directing in a Drama Series- “The Toll
Cinematography- Pepe Avila del Pino- “Pilot”
While, Ozark started out extremely dark, slow, boring, and gloomy, it eventually found its place. Ozark started out trying too hard to be dark. It didn’t feel natural whatsoever. As the show went on, however, the writers discovered the high points of the series, and gave them bigger roles. The high points in Ozark were easily Laura Linney and Julia Garner. Laura Linney should definitely be submitted in supporting, that is where she belongs and it would be easier to get a nomination, but she has a few episodes that could justify a lead placement and since she is a big name she will probably try to submit led. Even if she does submit supporting, there is one actress that deserves a nomination much more that her: Julia Garner. Julia Garner shines in the role of a poor, southern girl in a dysfunctional family who uses her intelligence to benefit herself. Garner plays her with many layers while having a lot of fun with the character, which is a breathe of fresh air in such drk show. Even though it is doubtful, if anybody gets an Emmy nomination for this show, it should be Garner. Once the show realizes what its strengths are, it gets much better. That being said, there are still many flaws throughout. The most annoying flaw is the writer’s lack of being able to let us be surprised. Every episode a character has to give a monologue catching us up on the plot of the show and why they are doing what they are doing. Let us figure that out. However, the finale was the strongest episode by far and there is even one very big shocker. The strongest part of this mediocre, yet enjoyable, series is the unique characters. I only kept watching because I was interested in the supporting characters. Unfortunately, Jason Bateman’s Larry was not one of the characters I cared about. He was rude, selfish, annoying, and stupid. The show would be so much better without him. I would enjoy it so much better if his character died. In the end, Ozark is not amazing television, but it is an interesting show that is worth watching if you want something to watch.August 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm #1202171761
Finally got around to checking out the pilot for this. I think a lot of the meh/negative reactions and reviews had me prepared to dislike it but I found it overall to be pretty enjoyable if not particularly engaging. The pilot definitely acted as set-up for the actual premise of the show, given that they only show in the Ozarks at the very end, so I will watch at least another to see how the show settles into its rhythm. Not sure if I see this picking up any Emmy heat but should make for a fun binge.
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