Saturday, December 25, 2021

What I’m Watching: Succession (Season Finale)

Succession: Season 3, Episode 9 “All the Bells Say” (B+)

I managed to go more than a week after this episode aired without having anything spoiled, despite it being all over Twitter and the Internet. While I do think it was a good episode and I can appreciate this show’s quality, I don’t quite comprehend the way in which so many are saying that this is the greatest hour of television they’ve watched all year or in a long time. It was strange to have it open with Logan reading a book to his grandson since he doesn’t feel like the kind of person who is capable of human connection like that, and we also got to see the adult Roys playing Monopoly, where Willa called Shiv out on cheating. It was good – and a little terrifying – to see Connor freak out and yell at everyone that he was the eldest son, not Kendall, but that hasn’t worked out so well for him, especially since he was completely left out of the attempted mutiny at the end of the episode. At least he’s going to marry Willa, since she expressed that it was worth giving it a shot even if she hardly seems committed to the idea. The way in which the other three siblings worked together after they comforted Kendall following his manslaughter confession was a remarkable improvement over Kendall’s lone effort to take down Logan in season one, and it was intense to watch them all spring into action making phone calls at the same time. They didn’t see the ultimate betrayal coming from the parent they thought was more human and kindhearted, and now they’re really going to be left with nothing. Season four should definitely be interesting, and I look forward to watching along with audiences after this one is enthusiastically celebrated by all awards bodies.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Kieran Culkin as Roman and Matthew Macfadyen as Tom

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