Monday, April 10, 2023

What I’m Watching: Succession

Succession: Season 4, Episode 2 “Rehearsal” (A-)

It’s taken me some time to get here, but I can acknowledge that this show has some of the best writing and acting on television. This episode was a superb example, putting the adult children together as they were supposed to be celebrating their eldest brother on the eve of his wedding but once again made everything all about themselves. Stewy and Sandi also got in their heads about whether the deal was worth taking or if they thought that Logan should be getting something better, and all Connor wanted to do was karaoke, albeit with a bit of family drama mixed in when he invited his dad there to talk to his siblings. That entire interaction was surreal, with Logan expressing that he doesn’t do apologies and then Roman pushing him to verbalize what he was sorry for while Shiv and Kendall approached the situation with more trepidation. His relationship with Kerry is also odd because she often communicates what she believes he’s feeling to his children, and now she’s trying to make a play for TV stardom that he’s quietly not endorsing to avoid any accusations of nepotism. Hugo nearly got caught laughing at her audition tape and Tom made Greg be the fall guy who actually had to talk to her, which resulted in her threatening to “take him apart like a human string cheese” if the focus group he made up wasn’t real. Greg and Tom trying to describe Logan’s behavior at ATN made for the best lines of the episode, with him “terrifyingly moseying,” like “if Santa Claus was a hitman” and “like Jaws if everyone worked for Jaws” as the highlights. Tom doing what Logan recommended and meeting every divorce attorney to make sure Shiv couldn’t felt quite cutthroat, but it is a protective measure that he just did first she definitely would have given the opportunity.

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