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Ozark-Season 3

Porkchopexpress

Junior Varsity
5 Year Member
Just finished watching the third season of Ozark. Living in Missouri, and family having a place at the Lake of the Ozarks, this has always been high up on my list of shows to watch. Like most shows, there has to be a suspension of reality for everything to work, but sometimes Ozark gets a little too close to crossing the line into totally unbelievable. So, spoilers below if you haven't watched the season.

First off, the show-runners do a pretty good job of using correct terminology and locations immediately around the Lake of the Ozarks. The show is filmed in Georgia, but they capture the look and feel of the lake fairly well. However, they all must have failed learning regional geography. For those who don't know, Kansas City is not a quick little jaunt from the lake. Going by where all the real world action at the lake takes place (Lake Ozark, Mo.), it's a roughly 3 hour drive to KC, and if you check out the route in Google Maps, you'll see there's not a convenient way to get from the lake to KC. No way anyone would make as many trips to KC as the people do in Ozark. It would take up your entire day to drive back-and-forth, and believe me, the drive is inconvenient when just going on the weekend, but would be an absolute pain in the azz to do on a regular business. Maybe that's a minor nitpick, but the show takes way too many liberties with it's inaccurate use of geography. There's a scene where Marty gets back to the office after a trip to KC, only for Wendy to say that have to drive to St. Joe. That would be nearly 14 hours of driving in one day. From my best guestimate, the entire plot of season 3 took place over a matter of a couple of weeks, yet the Byrdes spend hours upon hours of driving between KC and Kentucky (don't get me started on that one either. Kentucky might border Missouri, but that was an even more unrealistic misuse of geography).

Before I get deeper into season 3, I just want to say I liked it more than season 2, but that's because season 2 put one foot over the line into being unbelievable. No way the state of Missouri works that quickly to lift its cap on casinos, and grants a new casino license, especially to people that would be deemed as carpetbaggers. Sure, Wilkes had the political connections to start the process, but everything about season 2 was just too convenient for the Byrdes. There would be too many laws that would have to be changed. Plus, I don't remember any subplot about the other casino owners in the state raising hell about a new casino (and I'll get to that in my take on season 3), when the state had already put a cap on the number. It felt like the show runners had an idea for season 2, and willed that idea along, no matter how dumb it came across.

So, I decided to watch season 3 under the idea of leaving my dislike of season 2 in the past, and judge season 3 on its own merit. It comes really, really close to the level of excitement of the 1st season, and I think the ending made up for a lot of the issues I had with the season as a whole. I liked the introduction of Wendy's brother, Ben. I liked that he took an interest in Ruth, and made her a little more vulnerable, and I liked how he wanted to be a good brother and uncle to his family. However, Ben's character, and the therapist sub-plot, created a big issue that I had with how the season was written. For as calculating and strategic as Marty and Wendy are about everything else, they somehow get sloppy around Ben and the therapist? The Byrdes found Helen a vacation home in a day. They couldn't find Ben a condo somewhere close by? There's thousands of trailers at the lake. They couldn't set him up in one of those near their property? Instead, they had a civilian, with a mental illness, staying with them? Maybe for a day or two, but that didn't seem to be the intention. Plus, Helen discussed cartel business around Ben? No, that was extremely sloppy, and nearly soured the season for me. I felt it was a good opportunity to write Ben as a calming influence on the Byrdes, and maybe write the family towards a path to being out from under the cartel. Ben could have showed them how far from reality the family had drifted, and brought them back, or at least attempted to.

That leads me to Ruth. Ruth kind of exists as this character that seems to not have grown a whole bunch over the three seasons, but at the same time she's probably my favorite character on the show. She still has the tough demeanor, but has stepped up from petty crimes to laundering money at a casino. That's a pretty large jump over such a short time frame. I thought her insistence that Frank Jr., be killed was maybe not out of character at first, but something she should have accepted not happening. Marty did the best he could do in that situation, IMO. What I didn't like was her lashing out on the Byrdes about Ben. I get that she was love-sick, but to rage on the Byrdes about Ben being killed was really stupid. She got Ben out of the hospital, and she knew there was no coming back from outing Helen in front of her daughter. Ben had essentially made public all of the cartel's business, what did she think was going to happen? If Ben didn't die, then they all would have been dead.

Keeping up with Ruth blaming the Byrdes for a mess she helped create, that seems to be a common theme in the show over the three seasons. Rachel blames Marty for the mess she endured after learning of Marty's laundering scheme at the Blue Cat, but no one forced Rachel to steal cartel money and run. The Pastor blames the Byrdes for all of his suffering, but he's the one who worked closely with the Snells, who were dealing heroine at his sermons. Plus, no one forced the Snells to kill the Pastor's wife, which somehow he still blamed on the Byrdes. Everyone thinks the Byrdes had Petty killed, but that was a screwup by the Langmores. Hell, it's a surprise Navarro doesn't blame Marty for Del's death. It seems like everyone's misfortune has to be the work of the Byrdes. Don't get me wrong, the Byrdes have done some terrible things, but no one else in the show seems to want to take personal responsibility for their actions. Just blame it on the Byrdes, and all will be forgiven.

Now to the casino, which I'll state again, would never come to fruition in the real world. I thought Marty's scheme of laundering by stacking the unused money boxes was a good idea. Simple enough to be overlooked, but effective enough to where it could move a lot of money. However, that casino had to be extremely small. The comparable casinos in the state would be the ones in Boonville and St. Joseph (which pops up in the show), and those casinos are tiny. No way the amount of money the Byrdes would need to launder could be moved that quickly in casinos of that size. Granted, there's money at the lake, but the people at the lake aren't all going to drop loads of cash on a regular basis. As far as the portrayal of the St. Joe casino, I thought it was laughable. Again, Ozark put its toe on the unbelievable line. Anyone who thinks Kansas would OK a riverboat casino is out of their minds, and would never put a riverboat in Northeast Kansas with that big of a hotel. No one lives there. Then, the St. Joe riverboat is a mom-and-pop shop ran by two old farts? Again, this is an example of the Ozark writers creating a plot point that is ultra convenient for them, but doesn't exist in reality. To top it off, the KC mob did a sloppy job of sabotaging the Kansas riverboat. Just screamed of being lazy, but needing to move the plot along.

Staying with the casino business, it sure seemed like the writers forgot about Darlene Snell, (who owns a third of the casino? How do the Byrdes make enough money off that place?). It felt like the writers got halfway through writing the season, and someone said "What's Darlene up to?", and everyone drew a blank. So, they did the logical thing, and had her hook-up with someone a third of her age, which also coincidentally allowed them to bring Wyatt into the show. This subplot was absolutely bizarre, and not in a good way. Darlene's up to her old antics again. Pissed off at the Byrdes, and selling heroine. She did redeem herself a little bit with shooting Frank Jr., then using it as a power play to work with the KC mob, but it feels like no one knows what to do with her character now that she killed Jacob. I assume season 4 will center around Darlene wanting the Byrdes gone, and will try and use the KC mob to make that happen.

Speaking of wanting the Byrdes gone, Helen got caught up trying to gain too much power and control too quickly. I knew the second she was trying to frame Marty with the FBI deal that she was going to be a goner. Of course Navarro was going to find out about that, and of course it was going to piss him off. He couldn't trust Helen after that, because what's stopping her from going to the FBI and framing him? Also, I'm not sure what was going on with the FBI subplot this season. The FBI was pretty much pissing down its own leg. First they turn a kid in the KC mob, which looks to be like a turning point in the series, but he gets murdered just days later. Then there's the whole back and forth with between Maya and Marty which brought about nothing. And why would the FBI send a severely pregnant woman into the field looking into a casino? I guess the FBI doesn't care about second-hand smoke? The writers must have thought, "We have to include the FBI somehow, because of the cartel factor, but we can't have them actually uncover anything." I mean, Marty's big thing after being abducted by Navarro is turning Maya, yet he never comes close to it. What a waste of time, although it was kind of cool that Maya flagged Navarro's account, knowing Marty was the only one that could make things right.

That final image of Navarro hugging the Byrdes, with Helen's brains splattered in their hair, sets up an interesting season 4. The Byrdes will probably be safer (relatively speaking) then they have been at any point in the show. They have the absolutely trust of Navarro, who likely has won the cartel war. How do they handle not being on edge every single day? How will Navarro's protection help/hurt the Byrdes in the ensuing feud with the Snells/KC Mob? Was Wilkes' cameo in the season finale just a cameo, or will he play a larger role in season 4, should the Byrdes gain more political control? And, is Jonah just a couple steps away from becoming the Unibomber?
 

HuskerNash

Recruit
2 Year Member
Just finished watching the third season of Ozark. Living in Missouri, and family having a place at the Lake of the Ozarks, this has always been high up on my list of shows to watch. Like most shows, there has to be a suspension of reality for everything to work, but sometimes Ozark gets a little too close to crossing the line into totally unbelievable. So, spoilers below if you haven't watched the season.

First off, the show-runners do a pretty good job of using correct terminology and locations immediately around the Lake of the Ozarks. The show is filmed in Georgia, but they capture the look and feel of the lake fairly well. However, they all must have failed learning regional geography. For those who don't know, Kansas City is not a quick little jaunt from the lake. Going by where all the real world action at the lake takes place (Lake Ozark, Mo.), it's a roughly 3 hour drive to KC, and if you check out the route in Google Maps, you'll see there's not a convenient way to get from the lake to KC. No way anyone would make as many trips to KC as the people do in Ozark. It would take up your entire day to drive back-and-forth, and believe me, the drive is inconvenient when just going on the weekend, but would be an absolute pain in the azz to do on a regular business. Maybe that's a minor nitpick, but the show takes way too many liberties with it's inaccurate use of geography. There's a scene where Marty gets back to the office after a trip to KC, only for Wendy to say that have to drive to St. Joe. That would be nearly 14 hours of driving in one day. From my best guestimate, the entire plot of season 3 took place over a matter of a couple of weeks, yet the Byrdes spend hours upon hours of driving between KC and Kentucky (don't get me started on that one either. Kentucky might border Missouri, but that was an even more unrealistic misuse of geography).

Before I get deeper into season 3, I just want to say I liked it more than season 2, but that's because season 2 put one foot over the line into being unbelievable. No way the state of Missouri works that quickly to lift its cap on casinos, and grants a new casino license, especially to people that would be deemed as carpetbaggers. Sure, Wilkes had the political connections to start the process, but everything about season 2 was just too convenient for the Byrdes. There would be too many laws that would have to be changed. Plus, I don't remember any subplot about the other casino owners in the state raising hell about a new casino (and I'll get to that in my take on season 3), when the state had already put a cap on the number. It felt like the show runners had an idea for season 2, and willed that idea along, no matter how dumb it came across.

So, I decided to watch season 3 under the idea of leaving my dislike of season 2 in the past, and judge season 3 on its own merit. It comes really, really close to the level of excitement of the 1st season, and I think the ending made up for a lot of the issues I had with the season as a whole. I liked the introduction of Wendy's brother, Ben. I liked that he took an interest in Ruth, and made her a little more vulnerable, and I liked how he wanted to be a good brother and uncle to his family. However, Ben's character, and the therapist sub-plot, created a big issue that I had with how the season was written. For as calculating and strategic as Marty and Wendy are about everything else, they somehow get sloppy around Ben and the therapist? The Byrdes found Helen a vacation home in a day. They couldn't find Ben a condo somewhere close by? There's thousands of trailers at the lake. They couldn't set him up in one of those near their property? Instead, they had a civilian, with a mental illness, staying with them? Maybe for a day or two, but that didn't seem to be the intention. Plus, Helen discussed cartel business around Ben? No, that was extremely sloppy, and nearly soured the season for me. I felt it was a good opportunity to write Ben as a calming influence on the Byrdes, and maybe write the family towards a path to being out from under the cartel. Ben could have showed them how far from reality the family had drifted, and brought them back, or at least attempted to.

That leads me to Ruth. Ruth kind of exists as this character that seems to not have grown a whole bunch over the three seasons, but at the same time she's probably my favorite character on the show. She still has the tough demeanor, but has stepped up from petty crimes to laundering money at a casino. That's a pretty large jump over such a short time frame. I thought her insistence that Frank Jr., be killed was maybe not out of character at first, but something she should have accepted not happening. Marty did the best he could do in that situation, IMO. What I didn't like was her lashing out on the Byrdes about Ben. I get that she was love-sick, but to rage on the Byrdes about Ben being killed was really stupid. She got Ben out of the hospital, and she knew there was no coming back from outing Helen in front of her daughter. Ben had essentially made public all of the cartel's business, what did she think was going to happen? If Ben didn't die, then they all would have been dead.

Keeping up with Ruth blaming the Byrdes for a mess she helped create, that seems to be a common theme in the show over the three seasons. Rachel blames Marty for the mess she endured after learning of Marty's laundering scheme at the Blue Cat, but no one forced Rachel to steal cartel money and run. The Pastor blames the Byrdes for all of his suffering, but he's the one who worked closely with the Snells, who were dealing heroine at his sermons. Plus, no one forced the Snells to kill the Pastor's wife, which somehow he still blamed on the Byrdes. Everyone thinks the Byrdes had Petty killed, but that was a screwup by the Langmores. Hell, it's a surprise Navarro doesn't blame Marty for Del's death. It seems like everyone's misfortune has to be the work of the Byrdes. Don't get me wrong, the Byrdes have done some terrible things, but no one else in the show seems to want to take personal responsibility for their actions. Just blame it on the Byrdes, and all will be forgiven.

Now to the casino, which I'll state again, would never come to fruition in the real world. I thought Marty's scheme of laundering by stacking the unused money boxes was a good idea. Simple enough to be overlooked, but effective enough to where it could move a lot of money. However, that casino had to be extremely small. The comparable casinos in the state would be the ones in Boonville and St. Joseph (which pops up in the show), and those casinos are tiny. No way the amount of money the Byrdes would need to launder could be moved that quickly in casinos of that size. Granted, there's money at the lake, but the people at the lake aren't all going to drop loads of cash on a regular basis. As far as the portrayal of the St. Joe casino, I thought it was laughable. Again, Ozark put its toe on the unbelievable line. Anyone who thinks Kansas would OK a riverboat casino is out of their minds, and would never put a riverboat in Northeast Kansas with that big of a hotel. No one lives there. Then, the St. Joe riverboat is a mom-and-pop shop ran by two old farts? Again, this is an example of the Ozark writers creating a plot point that is ultra convenient for them, but doesn't exist in reality. To top it off, the KC mob did a sloppy job of sabotaging the Kansas riverboat. Just screamed of being lazy, but needing to move the plot along.

Staying with the casino business, it sure seemed like the writers forgot about Darlene Snell, (who owns a third of the casino? How do the Byrdes make enough money off that place?). It felt like the writers got halfway through writing the season, and someone said "What's Darlene up to?", and everyone drew a blank. So, they did the logical thing, and had her hook-up with someone a third of her age, which also coincidentally allowed them to bring Wyatt into the show. This subplot was absolutely bizarre, and not in a good way. Darlene's up to her old antics again. Pissed off at the Byrdes, and selling heroine. She did redeem herself a little bit with shooting Frank Jr., then using it as a power play to work with the KC mob, but it feels like no one knows what to do with her character now that she killed Jacob. I assume season 4 will center around Darlene wanting the Byrdes gone, and will try and use the KC mob to make that happen.

Speaking of wanting the Byrdes gone, Helen got caught up trying to gain too much power and control too quickly. I knew the second she was trying to frame Marty with the FBI deal that she was going to be a goner. Of course Navarro was going to find out about that, and of course it was going to piss him off. He couldn't trust Helen after that, because what's stopping her from going to the FBI and framing him? Also, I'm not sure what was going on with the FBI subplot this season. The FBI was pretty much pissing down its own leg. First they turn a kid in the KC mob, which looks to be like a turning point in the series, but he gets murdered just days later. Then there's the whole back and forth with between Maya and Marty which brought about nothing. And why would the FBI send a severely pregnant woman into the field looking into a casino? I guess the FBI doesn't care about second-hand smoke? The writers must have thought, "We have to include the FBI somehow, because of the cartel factor, but we can't have them actually uncover anything." I mean, Marty's big thing after being abducted by Navarro is turning Maya, yet he never comes close to it. What a waste of time, although it was kind of cool that Maya flagged Navarro's account, knowing Marty was the only one that could make things right.

That final image of Navarro hugging the Byrdes, with Helen's brains splattered in their hair, sets up an interesting season 4. The Byrdes will probably be safer (relatively speaking) then they have been at any point in the show. They have the absolutely trust of Navarro, who likely has won the cartel war. How do they handle not being on edge every single day? How will Navarro's protection help/hurt the Byrdes in the ensuing feud with the Snells/KC Mob? Was Wilkes' cameo in the season finale just a cameo, or will he play a larger role in season 4, should the Byrdes gain more political control? And, is Jonah just a couple steps away from becoming the Unibomber?
I just finished up season three myself today and like the first two enjoyed it immensely. I try not to get too wrapped up in the realities or inconsistencies of any television drama. I just want to have an adult beverage, relax, enjoy the entertainment then try to erase from my memory the Wyatt and old lady Snell sex scenes.
 

Hooked on Huskers

I'm old as a rock
5 Year Member
So far, finished s2-ep6 (Outer Darkness). Pretty good episodes. Not excellent but good. IMO s1-ep3 thru s1-ep6 was kinda dragging out. Anyway, agreed Porkchopexpress OP ...... I liked Ruth character too.

I noticed filming locations was Georgia. Why not Ozarks (Missouri)?
 
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BigNed

Travel Squad
10 Year Member
I initially thought Ozark Lake was pretty close to popular Branson. Actually at least 150 miles away.
Lake of the Ozarks is in central Missouri. It's confusing because they call the area by Branson the Ozarks also. The series Ozarks is filmed in Georgia because of tax breaks that Missouri didn't give them and Georgia did.

On a side note, Netflix mentioned that they would quit filming in Georgia because of an abortion law passed by the state. They never did.
 

Porkchopexpress

Junior Varsity
5 Year Member
So far, finished s2-ep6 (Outer Darkness). Pretty good episodes. Not excellent but good. IMO s1-ep3 thru s1-ep6 was kinda dragging out. Anyway, agreed Porkchopexpress OP ...... I liked Ruth character too.

I noticed filming locations was Georgia. Why not Ozarks (Missouri)?
Essentially, it came down to tax breaks offered in Georgia for filming. Like I said, they do a pretty good job of getting the look and feel of the lake area correctly. There are some shots in the first season that were filmed at the Lake of the Ozarks, but not much in the second and third seasons.
 

Hooked on Huskers

I'm old as a rock
5 Year Member
On a side note, Netflix mentioned that they would quit filming in Georgia because of an abortion law passed by the state. They never did.
Gimme a break. Who cares about abortion laws in filming location?

Anyway, weird. Ruth's first job was a dishwasher. Climb the ladder quickly; manager of titty nightclub and in charge of Belle casino and yet she still lives in trashy and unkempt trailer. Though brand new pickup .... used to be beat up junker car.

EDIT: For some reason, I missed several episodes. She wanted to buy a small and neat house but redneck Cady (her father) pressured against it. And Ruth's "salary" was only $25,000 per year (manager).
 
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Rainbow Dash

Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.
2 Year Member
I really enjoyed this season. Just such a great show from top-to-bottom. Good writing, great acting. Dark, edgy, and gritty.
 

Hooked on Huskers

I'm old as a rock
5 Year Member
Just finished watching the third season of Ozark. Living in Missouri, and family having a place at the Lake of the Ozarks, this has always been high up on my list of shows to watch. Like most shows, there has to be a suspension of reality for everything to work, but sometimes Ozark gets a little too close to crossing the line into totally unbelievable. So, spoilers below if you haven't watched the season.

First off, the show-runners do a pretty good job of using correct terminology and locations immediately around the Lake of the Ozarks. The show is filmed in Georgia, but they capture the look and feel of the lake fairly well. However, they all must have failed learning regional geography. For those who don't know, Kansas City is not a quick little jaunt from the lake. Going by where all the real world action at the lake takes place (Lake Ozark, Mo.), it's a roughly 3 hour drive to KC, and if you check out the route in Google Maps, you'll see there's not a convenient way to get from the lake to KC. No way anyone would make as many trips to KC as the people do in Ozark. It would take up your entire day to drive back-and-forth, and believe me, the drive is inconvenient when just going on the weekend, but would be an absolute pain in the azz to do on a regular business. Maybe that's a minor nitpick, but the show takes way too many liberties with it's inaccurate use of geography. There's a scene where Marty gets back to the office after a trip to KC, only for Wendy to say that have to drive to St. Joe. That would be nearly 14 hours of driving in one day. From my best guestimate, the entire plot of season 3 took place over a matter of a couple of weeks, yet the Byrdes spend hours upon hours of driving between KC and Kentucky (don't get me started on that one either. Kentucky might border Missouri, but that was an even more unrealistic misuse of geography).

Before I get deeper into season 3, I just want to say I liked it more than season 2, but that's because season 2 put one foot over the line into being unbelievable. No way the state of Missouri works that quickly to lift its cap on casinos, and grants a new casino license, especially to people that would be deemed as carpetbaggers. Sure, Wilkes had the political connections to start the process, but everything about season 2 was just too convenient for the Byrdes. There would be too many laws that would have to be changed. Plus, I don't remember any subplot about the other casino owners in the state raising hell about a new casino (and I'll get to that in my take on season 3), when the state had already put a cap on the number. It felt like the show runners had an idea for season 2, and willed that idea along, no matter how dumb it came across.

So, I decided to watch season 3 under the idea of leaving my dislike of season 2 in the past, and judge season 3 on its own merit. It comes really, really close to the level of excitement of the 1st season, and I think the ending made up for a lot of the issues I had with the season as a whole. I liked the introduction of Wendy's brother, Ben. I liked that he took an interest in Ruth, and made her a little more vulnerable, and I liked how he wanted to be a good brother and uncle to his family. However, Ben's character, and the therapist sub-plot, created a big issue that I had with how the season was written. For as calculating and strategic as Marty and Wendy are about everything else, they somehow get sloppy around Ben and the therapist? The Byrdes found Helen a vacation home in a day. They couldn't find Ben a condo somewhere close by? There's thousands of trailers at the lake. They couldn't set him up in one of those near their property? Instead, they had a civilian, with a mental illness, staying with them? Maybe for a day or two, but that didn't seem to be the intention. Plus, Helen discussed cartel business around Ben? No, that was extremely sloppy, and nearly soured the season for me. I felt it was a good opportunity to write Ben as a calming influence on the Byrdes, and maybe write the family towards a path to being out from under the cartel. Ben could have showed them how far from reality the family had drifted, and brought them back, or at least attempted to.

That leads me to Ruth. Ruth kind of exists as this character that seems to not have grown a whole bunch over the three seasons, but at the same time she's probably my favorite character on the show. She still has the tough demeanor, but has stepped up from petty crimes to laundering money at a casino. That's a pretty large jump over such a short time frame. I thought her insistence that Frank Jr., be killed was maybe not out of character at first, but something she should have accepted not happening. Marty did the best he could do in that situation, IMO. What I didn't like was her lashing out on the Byrdes about Ben. I get that she was love-sick, but to rage on the Byrdes about Ben being killed was really stupid. She got Ben out of the hospital, and she knew there was no coming back from outing Helen in front of her daughter. Ben had essentially made public all of the cartel's business, what did she think was going to happen? If Ben didn't die, then they all would have been dead.

Keeping up with Ruth blaming the Byrdes for a mess she helped create, that seems to be a common theme in the show over the three seasons. Rachel blames Marty for the mess she endured after learning of Marty's laundering scheme at the Blue Cat, but no one forced Rachel to steal cartel money and run. The Pastor blames the Byrdes for all of his suffering, but he's the one who worked closely with the Snells, who were dealing heroine at his sermons. Plus, no one forced the Snells to kill the Pastor's wife, which somehow he still blamed on the Byrdes. Everyone thinks the Byrdes had Petty killed, but that was a screwup by the Langmores. Hell, it's a surprise Navarro doesn't blame Marty for Del's death. It seems like everyone's misfortune has to be the work of the Byrdes. Don't get me wrong, the Byrdes have done some terrible things, but no one else in the show seems to want to take personal responsibility for their actions. Just blame it on the Byrdes, and all will be forgiven.

Now to the casino, which I'll state again, would never come to fruition in the real world. I thought Marty's scheme of laundering by stacking the unused money boxes was a good idea. Simple enough to be overlooked, but effective enough to where it could move a lot of money. However, that casino had to be extremely small. The comparable casinos in the state would be the ones in Boonville and St. Joseph (which pops up in the show), and those casinos are tiny. No way the amount of money the Byrdes would need to launder could be moved that quickly in casinos of that size. Granted, there's money at the lake, but the people at the lake aren't all going to drop loads of cash on a regular basis. As far as the portrayal of the St. Joe casino, I thought it was laughable. Again, Ozark put its toe on the unbelievable line. Anyone who thinks Kansas would OK a riverboat casino is out of their minds, and would never put a riverboat in Northeast Kansas with that big of a hotel. No one lives there. Then, the St. Joe riverboat is a mom-and-pop shop ran by two old farts? Again, this is an example of the Ozark writers creating a plot point that is ultra convenient for them, but doesn't exist in reality. To top it off, the KC mob did a sloppy job of sabotaging the Kansas riverboat. Just screamed of being lazy, but needing to move the plot along.

Staying with the casino business, it sure seemed like the writers forgot about Darlene Snell, (who owns a third of the casino? How do the Byrdes make enough money off that place?). It felt like the writers got halfway through writing the season, and someone said "What's Darlene up to?", and everyone drew a blank. So, they did the logical thing, and had her hook-up with someone a third of her age, which also coincidentally allowed them to bring Wyatt into the show. This subplot was absolutely bizarre, and not in a good way. Darlene's up to her old antics again. Pissed off at the Byrdes, and selling heroine. She did redeem herself a little bit with shooting Frank Jr., then using it as a power play to work with the KC mob, but it feels like no one knows what to do with her character now that she killed Jacob. I assume season 4 will center around Darlene wanting the Byrdes gone, and will try and use the KC mob to make that happen.

Speaking of wanting the Byrdes gone, Helen got caught up trying to gain too much power and control too quickly. I knew the second she was trying to frame Marty with the FBI deal that she was going to be a goner. Of course Navarro was going to find out about that, and of course it was going to piss him off. He couldn't trust Helen after that, because what's stopping her from going to the FBI and framing him? Also, I'm not sure what was going on with the FBI subplot this season. The FBI was pretty much pissing down its own leg. First they turn a kid in the KC mob, which looks to be like a turning point in the series, but he gets murdered just days later. Then there's the whole back and forth with between Maya and Marty which brought about nothing. And why would the FBI send a severely pregnant woman into the field looking into a casino? I guess the FBI doesn't care about second-hand smoke? The writers must have thought, "We have to include the FBI somehow, because of the cartel factor, but we can't have them actually uncover anything." I mean, Marty's big thing after being abducted by Navarro is turning Maya, yet he never comes close to it. What a waste of time, although it was kind of cool that Maya flagged Navarro's account, knowing Marty was the only one that could make things right.

That final image of Navarro hugging the Byrdes, with Helen's brains splattered in their hair, sets up an interesting season 4. The Byrdes will probably be safer (relatively speaking) then they have been at any point in the show. They have the absolutely trust of Navarro, who likely has won the cartel war. How do they handle not being on edge every single day? How will Navarro's protection help/hurt the Byrdes in the ensuing feud with the Snells/KC Mob? Was Wilkes' cameo in the season finale just a cameo, or will he play a larger role in season 4, should the Byrdes gain more political control? And, is Jonah just a couple steps away from becoming the Unibomber?
All done, finished season 3. Looking forward season 4.
  • Short time frame - unrealistic.
  • Ben's first episode, he was a hot temper but kinda level mind IMO. Now severe mental issues. BTW, I loved smashing student's cellphones. Good !! Question: Female student photo, porn image?
  • Buddy. First thought, crazy and warped brain (i.e. naked in front of Byrde family) but later episodes, Byrde's hero and becomes a Byrde "family".
  • Wyatt and Darlene sexual relationship. Teenager and grandmother. :eek:
  • Wendy's happy smile. See Truman Show movie.
  • Belle casino. Inside scenes, large casino area but yet outside view, fairly small riverboat and dock building.
  • I don't like Darlene and Jacob
  • Helen ....... Wicked Witch of the Mizzou
  • Poppy field. Hidden and secret location? If so (secret location), very easy to spot FBI/DEA/Police planes or helicopters spy because bright red flowers.
Hey porkchop, don't make sense for your last sentence ..... "Jonah just a couple steps away from becoming the Unibomber". Exactly why? Smart kid and involved his family.

I noticed intro warning episodes, "sex, nudity, substances, language, smoking". Smoking? :Rolleyes:
 
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Gimme a break. Who cares about abortion laws in filming location?

Anyway, weird. Ruth's first job was a dishwasher. Climb the ladder quickly; manager of titty nightclub and Belle casino and yet she lives in trashy and unkempt trailer.
Whats wrong with white trailer trash?
I would do her.
 
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