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Friday, November 26, 2021

‘Succession’ recap, season 3, episode 1: Action Station, let’s go

The “Succession” Season 3 premiere begins with a shot of two helicopters soaring rapidly into the sky, with a stunning mountain landscape in the distance. It’s an immediate reminder of what this show is about: ridiculously wealthy people, running from one fabulous place to another, perform endless damage control while imagining living the highest life possible.

For the rest of the episode, the Roy family and their inner circle of allies spend time in private jets, opulent apartments, luxury hotels, limousines and high-end offices, as they try to secure allies in the ensuing battle between media conglomerate Westar. run for. Royco CEO Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his wicked son Kendall (Jeremy Strong). Both factions know that they must show strength to win over the press, the public and politicians. It matters what they wear, where they are seen, and with whom they are seen. That’s why when veteran Westar fixer Hugo Baker (Fisher Stevens) meets Roy at a private airport and tells him that he has “a nice room” to wait for him, he immediately lowers his expectations. and accepts that it is not as good as it probably should be .

Given that the cleverly titled “Section” is the first new “Succession” episode in nearly two years, there’s a lot of work to do, to get the audience up to speed on where we are in the story — all while reminding us that it’s like that. Why is it such a treat to spend an hour every week with some of the most selfish, mean characters in TV history. Show creator and head writer Jesse Armstrong, most often working with “Succession” director Mark Mylod, doesn’t waste much time. The episode progresses, drawing much of its tension and humor from people who are on the fringes of Logan and Kendall’s feud and are scrambling to keep up.

Kendall, for the most part, seems to have the upper hand at the moment. In the Season 2 finale, he drops a bomb on Logan, revealing to the press that he has evidence – secured by his cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) – that Wester’s higher-ups have committed sexual harassment by a longtime employee. -The crimes were covered by their Brightstar cruise line. Recounting his moment in the spotlight, Kane has dozens of plans he wants to start immediately, masquerading as the daring whistle-blower himself to put an end to corporate sexism.

With Greg increasingly annoying by his side, Kendall turns up a flurry of phone calls and meeting after meeting, speaking a mile a minute while uttering long sentences filled with near-incomprehensible biz-speak. removes. (One of Ken’s funniest character traits is how fluent he is at meaningless jargon, like “I want a clean jar,” and, “Just feed me metadata on anything that’s going to move the market on me.”) .”) He wants to write an “alternative corporate manifesto” in an op-ed for The New York Times. He wants to get “some BoJack dudes” to follow his Twitter feed a must. And he wants to hire Lisa Arthur (Sanna Lathan), a renowned feminist lawyer who earthquakes old billionaires.

But there are already signs that Kendall is overconfident and in over her head — in addition to her excesses on Greg, who is supposed to be tracking her cousin’s media presence but can so far only find out. Ken is running out of “tater tots” on Twitter. Kendall’s most questionable decision this week sees him hiding at the home of his ex-wife Rava (Natalie Gould), insisting that he needs an emotional basis to see her and their kids, but his occasional girlfriend and drug abuser. Friend Naomi Pierce (Annabelle) is also to be invited. Dexter-Jones) to drop by.

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As for Logan, he takes his son-in-law Tom Wambsgans (Matthew McFadden) and Westar veterans Frank Vernon (Peter Friedman) and Karl Mueller (David Rache) to a Sarajevo airport hotel, where he plots his next moves. . Possible extradition. He refuses to broach the Brightstar scandal, which he sees as an opportunity for the “chancers” who have taken no real damage to snatch their billions. Logan sounds the alarm with the pundits in Wester’s pocket, warning them that they’ll look stupid if they turn him on now. And he surprises everyone—and gives the episode its title—by saying that he’s ready to take a step back and name someone else’s CEO.

Problem? They don’t have any good candidates. Carl volunteers and gets ridiculed. Frank seems to be a meek “ahem” and Logan quickly states (correctly, given that Frank is in constant contact with Kane) that he is unreliable, and that he is ineffective as “mashed potatoes”. . This leaves Logan’s secretly ambitious daughter Siobhan (Sarah Snook), his chaotic clown son Roman (Kieran Culkin) and his loyal lawyer Gerry Kellman (Jay Smith-Cameron). Whoever gets the job will be the face of Vestar during the bloody clash on Brightstar; And they will only be one person while Logan retains the real power. (“It’s the nameplate,” he shrugs, as he asks his team to make their decision for him.)

Shiva is probably the best choice, but she loses out after failing an assignment given to her by her father: to sign her old friend Lisa Arthur as Vestar’s lawyer before Kendall. In one of the most genuinely emotional scenes in the episode, Shiva explains his dilemma with Lisa, telling her honestly that he doesn’t know what someone associated with Brightstar really did, and between the egos of the two men. He needs an ally before he can be crushed. Alas, Shiv reached Lisa’s office a few hours late. Ken is moving very fast.

Meanwhile, Roman is an early frontrunner as he doesn’t mind hurting people or driving them crazy. (When asked what he should do about Kendall, Roman says, “It’s not a nice thing to say about your son, but maybe you cut him into a million pieces and throw him in the Hudson.) Give?”) But when he learns that Logan is considering. As for the CEO, he makes a disastrous – and hilarious – phone call, where he first asserts himself and then backs off, mentions Gerry and says if Logan thinks he’ll understand. , “Maybe a few years under the wing of a big chicken can see me out of the ol’ egg.” As the call ends, Logan snaps, “Roman out.”

So Gerry is this: Competent, loyal, infallible Gerry. She has her own memorable phone call this week, calling on the White House to remind the president’s people that an election is coming and they’ll need the support of ATN, Westar’s right-wing cable news network. Just as Kendall is a master at MBA Blaster, Gerry is good at sounding pleasant and conversational – “Do we want to bring the old guys on the blower so they can just chat for five?” She happily asks her DC liaison – subtly making threats and digging.

Gerry understands – as does Logan – that all that is happening here is a game. In fact, Logan is annoyed at Kendall’s turn to sainthood, as he feels what his son did was “a play” and not a moment of religious clarity. It’s telling that these two men tell their men to go to their “action stations” as the episode begins. But the ultimate winner may be the commander who thrives solely on the fight. Right now, Ken looks frantic. And Logan? He hasn’t seen it alive in years.

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