Wednesday, November 3, 2021

What I’m Watching: Succession (Season Premiere)

Succession: Season 3, Episode 1 “Secession” (B+)

This is my first time watching this show as it’s airing, though I’m still a couple weeks behind, hoping to catch up shortly so that nothing will be spoiled. Previously, I didn’t care much about the details since I wasn’t all in on the show, and while I still don’t think it’s as incredible as most say, I can appreciate its writing and ensemble performance. It’s great to see Kendall on top and more confident, emerging from a state of near-catatonia in the bathtub for a major car ride with plenty of moving parts. I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of Karolina since I was very impressed by actress Dagmara Dominczyk in the film “The Lost Daughter,” which comes to Netflix later this year, and would love to watch her more now that I know who she was. I’m pleased at least that Annabelle Dexter-Jones, who I was saddened to see wasn’t on last year’s Emmy ballot, is back as Naomi, and it’s quite interesting that Kendall felt comfortable having her come to Rava’s. At least he stopped himself from prying into her personal life because that would be the definition of hypocrisy, something this family knows all too well. Greg continues to be totally useless, not comprehending what social temperature means and concluding that “the internet is big.” Logan is angrier than he’s ever been, promising to grind Kendall’s bones to make his bread and demanding that everyone not eat and suffice only on saliva (Karl stayed behind because he really needed a sandwich). It was interesting that, after all the talk and the pleasantries, Logan disqualified Roman following his phone call, and Gerri seems to be the new choice. I did love Logan’s terrifying mocking of Tom when he was suggesting the merits of candidates other than Shiv or him. I’m excited to see Sanaa Lathan on board as Lisa Arthur, whose job won’t be easy but will be very watchable.

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