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Episode 94: Ozark Season 4, Part 2

This episode of Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates the second half of the fourth season of Ozark, the crime drama television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix. The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple who relocate their family to the Lake of the Ozarks for money laundering. Bateman also serves as a director and executive producer for the series. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which consisted of fourteen episodes split into two parts; the first part was released on January 21, 2022, and the second part, which is the focus of this episode, on April 29, 2022. Throughout this podcast host Michael Shields, with the help of artist and film and television enthusiast Lindsay Paul Hanners, explore the themes present in Ozark, specifically focussing in on how the compelling series acted as a critique of both the American Dream and of late-stage Capitalism. They discuss a surprise hip-hop related cameo, a bold last stand for one of the series' most beloved characters, what the final surprise moment says about the series in aggregate, and a whole lot more.

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Episode 98: Stranger Things Season 4, Vol 2

In this episode, Welcome To The Party Pal celebrates Season 4, Volume 2 of Stranger Things, the science fiction horror drama television series created by the Duffer Brothers that is streaming on Netflix. The brothers serve as showrunners and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Set in the 1980s primarily in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series centers around numerous supernatural events occurring around the town, specifically around their connection to a hostile alternate reality called the “Upside Down,” after a link between it and Earth is made by a government child experimentation facility. The series stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Dacre Montgomery, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Brett Gelman. Season 4 of Stranger Things was released in two volumes. The first set of seven episodes were released on May 27, 2022, and the final two episodes of the season — the focus of this podcast episode — were released on July 1, 2022. In those episodes, Eleven loses a father figure, the gang prepares for and goes to war with Vecna, Hopper and Joyce make their escape from Russia, and the truth about where the monsters continually infesting Hawkins hail from comes to light — all of which is expounded upon in this episode of Welcome To The Party Pal hosted by Michael Shields with the help of author, speaker, teacher, and radio host River Jordan!