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Started by nrv0us on Sep 9, 2019 10:09:09 AM
Succession (HBO)

Thought I'd start a thread about this excellent series. I get that it's not for everyone, in fact, I'm as surprised as anyone to find myself enjoying a series about shitty rich people being shitty to each other. I think it's a combination of the writing, the acting, and the production design that keep me hooked.

Anyone else watching this thing? Favourite moments, scenes, lines, characters, etc.?

ottoline07 - 09 Sep 2019 21:47:57 (#1 of 167)

Yes I love it. My favourite character changes depending on episodes. Love Greg obviously and all his interactions with Tom, particularly as he attempts to extricate himself from Tom's poisoned grip.

Couldn't narrow down my favourite lines but Roman and Shiv baiting Kendall when he reappeared from the Icelandic retreat were horribly good and then Logan introducing him as 'My son, Mr Potato Head'.

I love Jerry and HATE Connor more than any of the younger Roys. He is truly awful and I hope that Willow manages to escape.

Tenesmus - 10 Sep 2019 00:43:11 (#2 of 167)

Greg(ory) is learning to be as bad as the rest of them.

Anyway, it's great. Poor Ken and his bed mishap...

MorrisMitchener - 10 Sep 2019 09:02:01 (#3 of 167)

Odd how dislikeable Connor is considering the fact that they're all utter shitheads! Even by Roy standards it is breathtaking how amazingly entitled he is. At least the others have some business talent - he has nothing, not a damn thing to back up the confidence. He is Prince Charles!

Roman is a joy -every line a laff! Love him.

Kendall got off with Shiv's doppelganger. Hmmmm!!

crackfox - 10 Sep 2019 09:06:39 (#4 of 167)

Currently loving Roman's weird sex thing with Jerry - somehow touching because it's the most intimate and honest relationship any Roy family member is able to achieve.

Tenesmus - 10 Sep 2019 09:11:21 (#5 of 167)

Jerry's eyes to heaven as she stood outside the bathroom was a nice touch.

MorrisMitchener - 10 Sep 2019 10:05:43 (#6 of 167)

I only bothered watching this cos it's the brainchild of Peepshow writer Jesse Armstrong. Business dramas bore me to tears normally. But the writing is incredible and there's a not a single cast member who isn't perfect. My favorite episode would be the final of the first series: goddamit, I was really starting to like them but that's the one that really brought it home to me just what people like this think of people like us. Tom's horrible treatment of a waiter appalled me particularly - and that's even including Kendall later being responsible for his death!!

ottoline07 - 10 Sep 2019 14:25:37 (#7 of 167)

The last episode of the 1st season introduced us to the younger children's mother giving us further insight into why they're so horrible. Roman displaying acute mummy, um, issues.

Poor Kendall indeed although I fear Shiv may not have it in her to be truly sympathetic.

(I didn't register the double meaning of the shortening of her name until I saw it pointed out in a write up).

Natascha - 13 Sep 2019 21:48:49 (#8 of 167)

This is the best thing currently on television IMO. It's one of those things where you want to rerun every sentence so that you can savour it the better.

nrv0us - 13 Sep 2019 22:25:36 (#9 of 167)

And yet it's not overwritten either. The dialogue kind of matches the clothing -- it could have been all gaudy and ornamented and flowery and glitzy, but it's more muted and restrained than that. So many of the lines are the screenwriting equivalent of a light blue shirt that clearly cost $500.

barafundle - 13 Sep 2019 22:43:01 (#10 of 167)


Natascha - 13 Sep 2019 23:55:13 (#11 of 167)

Yes. It's so tight. And then you get the explosions of insanity - also tightly written - like the meal where Papa Roy went off on one. Also full of brilliant little touches unsignalled by dialogue like the lobster going into the bin.

I think, most of all, though, what makes this so good are the perfectly timed silences.

Tenesmus - 14 Sep 2019 08:18:54 (#12 of 167)

And the "do we say something or not?" looks.

ottoline07 - 14 Sep 2019 08:37:02 (#13 of 167)

Jerry is the Queen of that look.

dellymel - 16 Sep 2019 08:56:39 (#14 of 167)

Jerry is queen of a lot of things now.

Agree - this is the best written show on TV at the moment. The dialogue is amazing, and yet it's what's not said that is so potent. The lobster going in the bin, Connor's bowlderised eulogy for his paedophile uncle, Roman's partner's unseen presentation at the theme park trainee management programme, and the glass wall appearing on the roof of the Waystar HQ, and poor eldest son realising that there's no escape now.

And the Tom/Greg toxic bromance.

ottoline07 - 16 Sep 2019 12:05:15 (#15 of 167)

Willow did a great job on that eulogy.

Slate have got a very good podcast reviewing each episode after airing. It's funny listening to week 3's review where they suggest the relationship between Roman and Jerry is maternal and sweet. Obviously no-one knew what was coming next. Every pun intended.

crackfox - 16 Sep 2019 14:01:37 (#16 of 167)

Anybody watching The Loudest Voice at the moment (also on Sky/Now TV)? An adjacent area but true and not as funny - the story of Roger Ailes and Fox TV. Ailes is played by Russell Crowe in a fat suit and that's really as disgusting as it sounds.

ottoline07 - 17 Sep 2019 10:27:03 (#17 of 167)

No but it sounds interesting and I'll access it the same way I do all of Sky's stuff.

Tenesmus - 17 Sep 2019 13:18:22 (#18 of 167)

It's well worth a look.

LittleMissMuffet - 17 Sep 2019 13:22:22 (#19 of 167)

Fantastic series, firm house favourite.

Connor's bowlderised eulogy for his paedophile uncle

I loved how the reporter / biographer kept looking over at the girlfriend, knowing full well who was responsible for the utterly meaningless speech.

LittleMissMuffet - 17 Sep 2019 13:23:29 (#20 of 167)

So spoilery comment re: the latest episode when someone got smacked in the face...

It was really interesting how Kendell jumped to Roman's defence without even a second's hesitation.

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