via Business Insider
by Carrie Wittmer
July 21, 2017
What if “Breaking Bad” started in the middle of its run? When Walter White is half-way Heisenberg, but there’s still some humanity left.
Imagine if we never got to see White as a chemistry teacher: We just casually see him at work, having dinner with his family. Then suddenly, he pleads for his life with the leader of a Mexican drug cartel.
Trade Bryan Cranston for Jason Bateman (who you probably know as Michael Bluth on “Arrested Development”), and you have Netflix’s newest drama, “Ozark.”
In “Ozark,” which became available on Netflix Friday, Bateman’s character, Marty, is somewhat reminiscent of Michael Bluth. He’s the slightly awkward dad who’s trying really hard to impress his kids. He’s hard-working to a fault. But Bateman’s performance, even just in the excellent first episode, will convince you he’s got acting chops that go far beyond comedy. (Bateman is also executive producer, and directs four out of the ten episodes, including the premiere.)