Netflix’s latest hit show, Ozark, learns from predecessors in the genre of anti-hero protagonist dramas to present something that is thrilling and accessible, infers Alison Herman of The Ringer. Most importantly, the series doesn’t take itself too seriously, using common themes to create a fun and exciting narrative. It strays from over-ambitiously attempts at profound or revolutionary ideas. Ozark sticks to its guns, doing action and story well. The show hardly attempts to hide its similarities to classics like Breaking Bad; it just goes with it unapologetically. The end result is a diverse plot, relatable characters and an all-round cool story that anyone can get into.
Ozark’s constant use of cliches and lack of an original spark make it frustratingly predictable, argues Todd VanDerWerff of Vox. The lack of gripping elements lays bare the 'white savior complex' that the show creates by putting an urbanite among rednecks. Jason Bateman’s character comes to a suburban community as an outsider and advances their ways of life to an eye-rolling extent. Every major plot point has been seen already, none more than the ‘dilemma’ of rooting for a main character who also does bad things. Ozark is not a head-turner, doing things that audiences have seen before, while sneaking in a subtly elitist message.