Whether you take a trip to the dark side in “Ozark” or travel around the world with “Ugly Delicious,” Netflix has something for everyone this March.
Laura Linney in “Ozark”
Why Should I Watch? If you’re a fan of dark crime stories, “Ozark” probably pulled you in a while ago. Directed, produced, and starring Jason Bateman, the Netflix drama about a family of money launderers trying to escape the tightening grasp of their cartel bosses is a perennial awards player and cultural talking point. But like the remote destination’s lakeside tourists, “Ozark” doesn’t come without its baggage. Some of the aforementioned “buzz” is centered around how hard it is to see what’s going on, and awards shows are often unreliable bellwethers of quality. Plus, Season 2 marked a dramatic downshift in the propulsive pleasures “Ozark” Season 1 offered, so can Season 3 recover? Reviews are embargoed, so I can’t possibly say — but there’s a reason this is the No. 1 March offering, and it ain’t because “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” is bad. (Bless you, Tony Hale, for never creating bad things.)
Bonus Reason: What can be said about Season 3 is that it makes a six-month time jump, skipping from one bummer of a ribbon cutting to the opening of the Byrde family’s brand new riverboat casino. Speed and efficiency are welcome choices in any Netflix drama, as is an increased intrinsic connection between character and plot: Marty (Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) are reacting very differently to the piling pressure, and their partnership is put in the spotlight as the couple’s power dynamics fluctuate. “Ozark” still feels like it’s on the road to nowhere — what possible end could there be for this family, other than death and disappointment? — but if you were bummed out by Season 2 taking the slow lane, hop back in. Season 3’s moved into the carpool slot.