Just One More Episode

Just One More Episode
BobLee
April07/ 2020

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April 7, 2020

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Just One More Episode …

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The first time Blondie and I said Just One More Episode was in  2001 with “24”  It was a pre-NETFLIX world.  A friend sent us the CDs of several seasons and we “binged” thru a weekend.

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I have binged OZARK thru Season 3.   That earlier column leads to related topics about “binging watching” and “streaming”.   How I do it, how YOU do it … and so on.   How movie people pick actors for certain parts.   Does a part define an actor … or an actor define the part? …

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First… Wrapping Up OZARK.

Many of you have NOT watched OZARK on Netflix and probably won’t.  So I won’t go too deep in the weeds.

OZARK is Dark and Intense and definitely R-Rated… with a Capital “R”.   A strip club with nekkid wimmen is a reoccurring location.  There are a few graphic sex scenes… and a pile of headless Mexican cartel soldiers.   You have officially been warned.

You can reread that earlier column for my initial thoughts after Season 1.   I finished Season 2 & 3 in a little over 2 days.  Not sure if there is an exact definition of “binge-watching” but thats how I did it.

I never lost interest at any point in the 30 episodes.  And… I felt that binger’s deep sense of Now what do I do with my life? when I finished the 30th episode.

I got to know the characters.  There is a lot of character attrition in OZARK… i.e. High Body Counts.  The cremation oven at Marty’s funeral home stays busy, thanks to Nelson  and The Langmores, Navarro’s Sicarios, The KC Mob, and The Snells.

Of the many OMG What Just Happeneds over the 30 episodes… I believe “Del says _____” was the #1 Shocker for me. Jason and Darlene Snell go for a walk in the woods” was #2.

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WARNING:  If you are driving along the 2-lane backroads around Lake of The Ozarks, Missouri and you see any sort of a roadblock up ahead.  Either – 1 – slam your car in Reverse or – 2 – do a bootlegger “Y” turn and head back where you came from QUICKLY.  Someone is about to “bleed out” on the asphalt.  Don’t let it be you.

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I am not a movie buff especially with current movies TV shows and the current crop of actors.  The only actor in OZARK that I had ever heard of was Jason Bateman“Marty Byrde” – the male lead.

Wendy Byrde OZARK

In the first few episodes, Marty’s wife “Wendy”  ( Laura Linney) has no screen presence… a washed-out wimpy blonde housewife.  As episodes build her character evolves in on-screen appearance – she gets more “attractive” – and definitely becomes a co-lead with “Marty”.

The actor that plays “Buddy” in the basement – Harris Yulin – also played in Clear & Present Danger and Scarface.  But I never knew his name.

The ensemble of reoccurring characters includes a handful of actors I will now forever identify as “thats the guy/gal that was _____ in OZARK”.

 

President Logan

Two such actors from “24” are Chloe and President Logan.  I met Greg Itzen / “President Logan” 8-10 years ago.   We discussed the “perils” of being type-cast so strongly that the viewing public can never see you as any character BUT ______!

OH… There was one other “24” character who went on to achieve everlasting fame as a “a special friend of BobLee’s.  His name was ……. AgentPierce!  … Now you know!

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I am fresh from watching OZARK… but the actors in OZARK I can see becoming like Chloe and President Logan are:

Ruth Wyatt Darleen Helen … and Ben.

If you watched OZARK,  Who makes Your List of Most Memorable Ozark Characters.

Do Not Be A Spoiler for the 1,000s that will now hurry to binge OZARK because BobLee Said I Ought To.

I don’t know anything about “acting”.  I assume the script creates the “character” and Central Casting searches its data base to find an actor who fits that character profile … “we need a midget with a wooden leg who speaks with a lisp”…allowing that the perfect match can bring a special dimension to a character that exceeds what the script calls for.

I imagine when “they” were auditioning for Ruth – Darleen – Helen – and Ben that “the suits” screamed YES when they saw the actors auditioning.  Add The Therapist to that bunch.

Characters that are written to be “quirky” to the point of Quite Insane have to be the most fun to play.  There are a LOT of VERY Quirky characters in OZARK.

For OZARK to-be-viewers, remember I said that when you meet Darlene Snell and Ben Davis.  YOWSA!

Netflix has not formally announced OZARK-Season 4, but Jason Bateman says the cast and crew fully expect there to be a 4 and likely a 5.  Season 3 ends with enough main characters still alive to keep it going … despite that High Body Count I mentioned earlier.

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Q:  BobLee, is there any “politics” in OZARK.

A:  A little tiny bit.  Wendy’s background includes “… was involved in Obama’s Campaign”.  And there is a right-wing lobbyist who plays a secondary part.  But neither element is really relevant to the plot.

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I just did a quite remarkable job of NOT being a Spoiler.  KUDOS to me.

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24

As noted… “24” was the first show Blondie and I ever “binged” back in 2001.  A friend sent us the CDs of the first 2-3 seasons and we literally “stayed up all night” watching.  The most-used phrase in binge-watching is – of course – JUST ONE MORE EPISODE!

Other series Blondie and/or I have “binged” include BOSCH … HOUSE OF CARDS … MISS FISHER Murder Mysteries … AGATHA RAISIN and THE MANAGER.  I’ll do DEADWOOD eventually.

Don’t take a decision to “binge” lightly.  With a multi-season show… Are you willing to devote 20-30-40 hours of your life to the task?

LONESOME DOVE was not originally a streamed show but can now be “binge-able”.  Did you know that Larry McMurtry wrote THREE more LD screenplays – Two prequels and One sequel to the original saga of Gus McRae & Woodrow Call.   I enjoyed all Four.  Google LONESOME DOVE for more info on the other movies and how to watch them.   The Final one – Streets of Laredo  – has James Garner playing an old Woodrow Call on his last adventure.

I’ve tried various ways to “binge”.  We have a large (40″) flat-screen in our living room and a “30” in our bedroom … BUT…  I prefer watching on my 21″ IMac desktop.  I can pause the show to open another window to browse or check email.  I have my “best” $60 over-ear headphones and an ergonomic chair.   With the other options, I tend to fall asleep.  It works for me.

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Movie/TV Characters that I Believe Should ONLY Be Played By One Actor are…

Rhett Butler & Scarlett O’Hara  >  Clark Gable & Vivian Leigh

Holly Golightly  >  Audrey Hepburn

James Bond  >  Sean Connery … DUH! … RIP to Honor Blackman who passed away this week.  Her obituary actually included. … She was BobLee’s All-Time Favorite Bond Girl

Rambo  >  Sylvester Stallone

Hannibal Lechter >  Anthony Hopkins

Matt Dillon >  James Arness

Gus McRae >  Robert Duvall

There are 100s of others you might pick.. Tell us in a Comment.  BUT… BobLee’s List is OFFICIAL!

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Jay Light
6 months ago

There can never be a Jesse Stone except Tom Selleck. Couldn’t imagine anyone else playing him.

The Expatgriate
The Expatgriate
6 months ago

Would you pass on to Prince Albert that there is is another soul who has absolutely no idea what this Ozark business is all about. Other than mountains — which I accept on faith since I have never seen them — I have thought “Ozark” was the front name of a baseball player named “Ike.” Speaking of baseball, you can tell The Prince I remember all too well when he and Worth Lutz were terrors to their Eastern 4-A Conference opponents.

The Expatgriate
The Expatgriate
6 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

Nor do I. Is it anything like the Walmart’s old back-of-the-store bin labeled “Buck-a-Flick?” It contained OLD movie videotapes for a dollar each. (Does The Prince know what a videotape is?)

Tom Graham
Tom Graham
6 months ago

BobLee… you have been watching a lot of television. I watched about three seasons of the Ozarks and will return to it one day when I have more time.
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Please watch this movie it’s on Netflix – “An Inspector Calls“
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It’s a combination of Downton Abbey, Alfred Hitchcock, Agatha Christie, meets Colombo. You will love this movie please call me when you’re done
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Tom Graham

Fayettewuf
Fayettewuf
6 months ago
Reply to  BobLee

I agree about Knives Out. Will check out Qzark. It appears that I will have some free time. You said there are strippers, right?

Carl.K
Carl.K
6 months ago

“Darlene Snell” is in my Top Five “Creepiest Women EVER”! Her “thing” with Wyatt crossed new lines for TV dramas… YUCK!

Mike H.
Mike H.
6 months ago

Hi BobLee! I was a big fan of 24 as well. When the show was airing each week, having to wait until the next week to see the next new episode was the worst. Aaron was AgentPierce’s first name I believe. That guy was a cool customer on that show. The actor that played President Palmer was good, but I remember him more for being Cerano in Major League and the Allstate guy. Take care and thank you for your columns. I’ve been a reader and fan for a long time.

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