By: Teri Bernstein
trailer of Netflix series from YouTube
Ozark's initial reviews described it as being less compelling than Breaking Bad. Therefore, in the era of Too Much TV (Forbes), it did not get my attention right away. But a recommendation from a former student got me to check out the first episode. I was impressed by how much Ozark conveyed about accounting and the business relationship to crime. Also, I certainly did not expect a TV show to portray business relationships as vehicles for healing cultural divides.
The compassionate and complex way characters of all types are portrayed as they interact as businesspeople was a fresh and educational approach. City/rural, rich/poor, millennial/Gen X/Baby boomer, male/female, dishonest/straightforward, gay/straight, foreign-born/multi-generational resident, book-smart/street-smart, liberal/conservative, gun-smart/gun-ignorant, selfish/selfless, religious/non-religious: all find common ground in various business relationships. Different perspectives are portrayed with their own internal integrity.
Anyone wanting to expand their business opportunities needs to understand those who are motivated by different goals than they themselves might be. This series, at least in its first season, has shown itself to be a painless way to learn about the needs and motivations of others--as well as provide a cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of stepping out of one's ethical comfort zone.
Source: "Ozark: TV Review," by Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, July 17, 2017.
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