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Release the Kraken

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No fans of Ozark? Unlike some of these Breaking Bad inspired series, this to me is the one that captures the true angst and paranoia of the illicit drug trade. Marty and Wendy Byrde and family are perceived locally and politically as royalty with two casinos, a strip club, a funeral parlor and a foundation that finances and operates rehab facilities and yet when kingpin Navarro or his nephew make demands (such as crime scene and surveillance sanitization, laundering or extortion) they jump to attention like obedient sex slaves. They’re rich and influential and yet continually compromising themselves and others just to survive the volatile whims of their ruthless masters. Rings true and the characters and performances are superb. Just don’t get attached to any of the support cast cause they’re dropping like flies.
 
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Gameface

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No fans of Ozark? Unlike some of these Breaking Bad inspired series, this to me is the one that captures the true angst and paranoia of the illicit drug trade. Marty and Wendy Byrde and family are perceived locally and politically as royalty with two casinos, a strip club, a funeral parlor and a foundation that finances and operates rehab facilities and yet when kingpin Navarro or his nephew make demands (such as crime scene and surveillance sanitization, laundering or extortion) they jump to attention like obedient sex slaves. They’re rich and influential and yet continually compromising themselves and others just to survive the volatile whims of their ruthless masters. Rings true and the characters and performances are superb. Just don’t get attached to any of the support cast cause they’re dropping like flies.
It's on my list
 

One Brow

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No fans of Ozark? Unlike some of these Breaking Bad inspired series, this to me is the one that captures the true angst and paranoia of the illicit drug trade. Marty and Wendy Byrde and family are perceived locally and politically as royalty with two casinos, a strip club, a funeral parlor and a foundation that finances and operates rehab facilities and yet when kingpin Navarro or his nephew make demands (such as crime scene and surveillance sanitization, laundering or extortion) they jump to attention like obedient sex slaves. They’re rich and influential and yet continually compromising themselves and others just to survive the volatile whims of their ruthless masters. Rings true and the characters and performances are superb. Just don’t get attached to any of the support cast cause they’re dropping like flies.
I was hooked when I watched it, and eagerly awaited seasons 3 and 4. Worth every minute two times over.
 

gandalfe

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Yeah, almost through season four, and mourning the loss of Wyatt Langmore. That poor baby Zeke, I mean I’d take him but it’s a total death sentence!;)
I reaaaaaly didn't like the very end.

I hated Ruth's death, and the fact that it was devoid of meaning. Like, she should have either pointed Camilla at the Byrdes or pointed her away from them as a final act of either revenge or grace, but instead, it was just a big "F*** you.*
I hated that the PI who should be the smartest person there commits a crime to get the evidence, and then sticks around to tell THE DRUG KINGPINS about it. Just stupid. And then they're saved by their kid killing him in cold blood. It was not narratively satisfying.
 
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Release the Kraken

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I reaaaaaly didn't like the very end.

I hated Ruth's death, and the fact that it was devoid of meaning. Like, she should have either pointed Camilla at the Byrdes or pointed her away from them as a final act of either revenge or grace, but instead, it was just a big "F*** you.*
I hated that the PI who should be the smartest person there commits a crime to get the evidence, and then sticks around to tell THE DRUG KINGPINS about it. Just stupid. And then they're saved by their kid killing him in cold blood. It was not narratively satisfying.
I reaaaaaly didn't like the very end.

I hated Ruth's death, and the fact that it was devoid of meaning. Like, she should have either pointed Camilla at the Byrdes or pointed her away from them as a final act of either revenge or grace, but instead, it was just a big "F*** you.*
I hated that the PI who should be the smartest person there commits a crime to get the evidence, and then sticks around to tell THE DRUG KINGPINS about it. Just stupid. And then they're saved by their kid killing him in cold blood. It was not narratively satisfying.
Okay no spoiler alerts but that’s it then, no more seasons?
 


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