June 25, 2018 at 1:19 am #1202572469
All of the two-timing was pretty crazy here, but I loved every second of it. Wish that the writing was more graceful than this. Sometimes the dialogue is super on-the-nose, and then at other times, I’m wondering why characters are speaking the way that they are and where their motivations are coming from. Nice to see Brian Cox take center stage again, though the thought of Logan running the company into the ground instead of letting Kendall take over and prosper is somewhat tiresome. I’m wondering when the truth is revealed about Stewy and the competitor. James Cromwell is playing Logan’s estranged brother, which couldn’t be better casting. Happy Thanksgiving lol!June 30, 2018 at 11:34 pm #1202577380
Episode Title: “I Went to Market”
Synopsis: After hearing Logan’s plan to expand in to local TV, Kendall begins to plot a vote of no confidence against his father; Greg drives his ornery grandfather Ewan from Canada to New York for a Thanksgiving reunion with Logan; Tom grows increasingly concerned about the terms of his prenuptial agreement with Shiv and recruits Greg for a clandestine task; the family is surprised by Connor’s choice of date at Thanksgiving dinner.
Guest Star: James Cromwell
Discuss.July 2, 2018 at 5:51 am #1202577907
James Cromwell was fantastic tonight and just the wildcard jolt that this episode needed. The Thanksgiving scenes were great, and in true family dysfunction realness, what wasn’t being said/done was just as important as what was. Curious about how the “vote of no confidence” will turn out, and what ways Logan will still try to cling to power. Greg and Tom’s subplots continue to make me cringe, but at least the former has smartened up (slightly) with an insurance plan that should come in handy when things get dicey and he becomes expendable.July 8, 2018 at 12:32 pm #1202581151
Episode Title: “Which Side Are You On?”
Synopsis: With the vote of no confidence against Logan approaching, Roman attempts to sway a neutral board member, while Kendall frantically shores up his “yea” votes. Logan arrives in Washington to meet with the president, but worries he’s been snubbed after a last-minute cancellation. After successfully thwarting a potential scandal, Tom introduces Greg to fine dining, while Shiv explores her options in D.C.
Discuss.July 9, 2018 at 8:59 am #1202581588
Sad that Kendall’s “vote of no confidence” plan went so horribly, but what show would this be if the vote worked out perfectly? The drama is in the fight, but still, poor guy can’t catch a break lol (ironic since he’s been given every break). I thought that Sarah Snook would have been given more to do at this point. It seems like it might have been a tactical error to have her in the political arena instead of the family business. I would have loved seeing where her loyalties would end up in the boardroom sequence, but I have a good guess. Brian Cox is excellent. I’m oddly growing on Matthew MacFayden’s Tom, even though his American accent is way too manic and mannered. The previews to the season also looked strong. Can’t wait!July 15, 2018 at 10:42 am #1202586911
Episode Title: “Austerlitz”
Synopsis: In an effort to fix his public image, Logan agrees to a family therapy session at Connor’s New Mexico ranch that Logan intends to double as a publicity stunt. While lying low, Kendall spends some time with the locals and finds his sobriety tested. Shiv considers putting herself in a precarious situation when Nate pushes her to join the team of a potential presidential candidate, Gil Eavis, who goes against everything her father stands for. As Willa spends more time with his family, Connor makes a hard-to-refuse proposal.
Discuss.July 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm #1202587287
Sad that Kendall relapsed like that. However, it’s the strongest that Jeremy Strong has been on here to date. Finally some spark of electricity that’s been sadly missing from his performance! The family therapy scenes at Connor’s ranch were interesting, I guess. I’m also glad that Sarah Snook is being given more to do with Shiv running a Bernie-like politician’s campaign and known Logan enemy. The plot thickens lol.July 16, 2018 at 10:16 am #1202587670
by episode two I couldn’t put my phone down which means it was time to turn this off.July 22, 2018 at 1:35 am #1202591630
Episode Title: “Prague”
Synopsis: Tom has a bachelor’s party to remember; Kendall eyes a new business opportunity with a pair of idealistic entrepreneurs; Roman looks to land a deal for local TV stations with his father’s longtime nemesis; Logan tasks Greg to act as Kendall’s babysitter during Tom’s bachelor party; Shiv and Gil get ambushed during a TV interview on a Waystar network.
Discuss.July 23, 2018 at 6:26 am #1202591980
Somewhat disappointed that Tom’s bachelor party wasn’t more debauched than what it ended up being. It had its moments here and there, but meh. Shiv’s dalliance with her ex-boyfriend also feels like filler. The scene of the night was the restaurant scene with Logan and Shiv. It’s the show’s two best actors, Brian Cox and Sarah Snook, having the level of confrontation they should have been having all season long instead of sidelining Shiv in tiresome political plots. Why can’t she be in the running for CEO? Can’t wait to see how the wedding and hostile takeover play out! Logan’s gonna blow a gasket lol! Poor guy. Now I’m starting to see the greater extent of what Jeremy Strong is capable of. It certainly took long enough. Two episodes left! Sad, but this show has more than served its purpose as one of my summer viewing obsessions like I knew it would.July 29, 2018 at 9:38 am #1202597872
Episode Title: “Pre-Nuptial”
Synopsis: The Roys assemble at an English castle to prepare for Shiv and Tom’s wedding. The children reunite with their mother Caroline, who is every bit as acerbic as Logan. As guests mingle and clash, Kendall learns from Stewy and Sandy that their plot for a hostile takeover of Waystar has been fast-tracked in order to catch Logan off guard.
Guest Star: Harriet Walter
Discuss.July 31, 2018 at 1:19 pm #1202600053
The English castle backdrop for Shiv’s wedding was great. Harriet Walter was amazing as I knew she would be as the ex-wife and mother (except for Connor’s mother, I think). Can’t wait to see how Kendall’s hostile takeover plays out in the season finale! I feel like it could be Jeremy Strong’s shining moment on the series to date, which would be nice since I’ve wavered on his performance this season (yet slowly coming around to positive). Also great to see Caitlin Fitzgerald here! I didn’t recognize her from Tom’s bachelor party episode. Of course she would now be with Roman lol. It’s nice to see the ladies of “Masters of Sex” prosper, especially with Betty Gilpin’s breakthrough on “GLOW.” I’d like to see Lizzy Caplan have that same success in the future as well.August 5, 2018 at 10:12 am #1202603039
Episode Title: “Nobody Is Ever Missing”
Synopsis: Amidst the revelry of Tom and Shiv’s wedding, Logan and his team find themselves in defense mode as word of the Waystar takeover bid spreads. Kendall finds an escape outlet as the situation becomes supercharged, while Tom parlays his new wife’s candor into the removal of an unwanted guest. Season Finale.
Discuss.August 5, 2018 at 11:26 pm #1202603434
Amazing season finale! Everything I wanted out of it, pretty much. What could have been complete character assassination turned into something far more interesting for Kendall. A “reconciliation” between Logan and Kendall is tentative at best. Logan will lord this Chappaquiddick-type episode over his son forever, and this doesn’t stop the hostile takeover from Sandy and Stewy from happening either. Now I guess all the Roys will be on the same side fighting against the takeover? Can’t wait for season 2! This was the summer series I was in desperate need of without knowing I needed it. It’s too bad that more didn’t watch here when such negativity in the beginning steamrolled the overall perception (“The cast isn’t A-list enough!” “I didn’t understand the trailer!” “The low Metacritic score!” “Let’s predict when the show will be cancelled!” The most asinine of all the comments posted practically a day before HBO renewed it). The Emmys will probably neglect this outright, but I’d honestly nominate Brian Cox in a heartbeat as the scene-stealer of the series (give or take Kieran Culkin). Sarah Snook was great, though I wanted more material for her at times. She gives me such clear Lauren Ambrose vibes. Utilize her better! I wavered so much with Jeremy Strong all season long, but damn if he didn’t make me a believer in this finale. It’s the sad reality of “peak television” that so much quality programming will never be noticed for awards and/or fight for ratings b/c there are only so many nomination slots at the Emmys, only so many hours in a day to watch shit, and only so many ways that today’s viewing audience can be splintered. Nevertheless, I’ll hope for the best and look forward to this series returning in summer 2019.August 11, 2018 at 10:04 pm #1202607600
Indeed, when you watch the first couple episodes, Succession seems… fine, but inessential. It gets much, much better! People need to catch up on this one. Excellent debut season. The cast really is good overall but when Brian Cox gets more involved, that really elevates everything– man is he great.
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