The succesion revolves around the Roy family, and the tribulations that affect its members. We follow the central figure ,Logan Roy; a ruthless grizzled bastard with a hardened consience, and how his offspring bicker and bite after chums breaking from his withering fortune. Numerous challenges present themselves, forging several unholy alliances that propel the narrative towards untread grounds of intensity and drama.
I stumbled upon this series while I aimlessly slung along my suggestion feed for TV shows to binge on. After one half hour of sighs and muffled grunts, I finally relented with ” What the Hell, it’s Brian Cox!”, and the agony began.
Ten hours deep, and I still couldn’t get enough and screaming for more. I secretly confessed that this show is what everyone needs in their life, a proper, bitter dose of pernicious realism peppered with a soft veneer of fictional zest.
Succession is a hidden and unappreciated gem. Laden with a constellation of characters whipping its thick atmosphere of subterfuge, and subtle rivalry. Here is a story of how bad Family can get, with bloody perfectly fit cuffs on, the show has its fair share of allegorical shanks in the back.
This series, has seriously blown me away by its slow yet effective incisive triggers. It tells us about the nuances of self-condoning twisted logic and how far they could ambitiously go. The sequence of events churn with escalating tension over a slow simmering pace. Almost every act suprises the audience, but again the mind justifies them by the unique traits of each member of the Roy family.
For instance, let’s talk about the main son Kendall. He initially presents himself as a run-of-the mill, hardballing executive, protected by his daddy’s warm deep pockets, and the sprawling legacy of his family’s fortune. Yet, at the first sign of hardship, Kendall expresses doubt, resentment and fear. He takes numerous decisions many of which are reckless, nonetheless, courageous. Unfortunately like every soaring Icarus, the sweet prince tumbles back into the his own familiar well of despair. His self destructive habits claim him as soon as the circumstance changes against his way. His charachter was a juicy treat; far from the posh spiffy suits we were used to so far. His appearance could be summarised as plain and simple, with a characteristic dead stare betraying the cold festering shame he bottles within his broken self.
My second interesting member was Shiv. The hard and ready to roll demeanor. And her flag of boisterous virtues contrasts her concealed throbbing needs for acceptance. She might have deceived everyone with her spicy coyish snicker. But I wasn’t fooled, It all falls out the moment she’s offered a prancing chance to exhibit her talents. She instantly discards her brandished morals without an inkling of regret.
Others have their own demons and flaws yet not without their strengths. Nobody overstays their welcome on the screen. I couldn’t help but imagine If I was watching a cosmic documentary about a grand gravitational force presented as Logan Roy, the father, and his minor satellites anchored to his orbit, colliding and crumbling to minute pieces, only to reform again to their original bloated vacuous selves.
It’s quite a hoot to watch.
Too many series these days focus to much on the premise. Understandably, you can maintain the focus of your audience that way but not for long. By focusing on the characters and their reactionary drives, the writers wouldn’t need to limit themselves within the confines of Plot anymore. In a way, the story starts to write itself.
Succesion is more of a character study exploring insecure people animated by ephemeral needs. Their hunger is eternal, so is their sense of lack without being able to grasp what is missing in their lives in the first place. In other words, we follow a group of blind people blundering around as they follow the fading scent of success . Without realizing that nothing can temper that relentless need of acceptance that plagues them all.