Sunday, June 28, 2020

Emmy Catch-Up: Succession

Every year, I watch the six submitted episodes of every series I don’t regularly watch that’s up for one of the Emmy series prizes. This year, I’m getting a jump start to check out the entire season of some of most high-profile shows I didn’t watch when they originally aired.

Succession: Season 2, Episode 3 “Hunting” (B)

It’s episodes like this that remind me why I wasn’t so into this show in the first place. Logan’s behavior is rarely kind or acceptable, and he usually just demeans his underlings and family members by barking orders and swearing at them. But, on occasion, he forces anyone who doubts his loyalty to sit on the floor and literally compete for pieces of the very pigs they had just hunted. In a sense, it’s hard to imagine that kind of thing actually happening, but it’s also very obvious that anyone who did experience it would be terrified into never talking about it for fear of retribution. Logan obviously believes he is omniscient, refusing to accept that he just wouldn’t be able to prevent the publication of a book about him and ready to pounce on a dead man’s computer after finding out that he had been the leak. Plotting to spend $20 billion rather than take the batteries out of his brother’s remote was indeed a foolhardy endeavor, but that wasn’t feedback he wanted to hear. I can’t imagine why Frank accepted the invitation to the retreat since he immediately reentered a world that he had escaped when he was fired following the unsuccessful takeover, and he doesn’t even have Kendall on his side anymore. Kendall did seem to be softening to Roman, but it turns out he was just investigating him for his father. Roman threatening to walk would have been more emphatic if he hadn’t immediately realized his powerlessness and added “back to his office.” Connor asking to be put in prison was absurd, and Willa, genuine as she seems, didn’t understand Shiv’s warning that her dreams can’t come true if she doesn’t have access to Connor’s money. I am intrigued to see what happens next, and hopefully a return to America will make things ever so slightly less edgy.

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