Succession review – brilliant fourth season gets even better

Let’s see what happens when – I don’t want to spoil anything for you, in case you haven’t seen the episode yet, or else you’ll have to wait until Sunday. It was a good…

Succession review – brilliant fourth season gets even better

Let’s see what happens when – I don’t want to spoil anything for you, in case you haven’t seen the episode yet, or else you’ll have to wait until Sunday.

It was a good end to another strong season of Succession. Back home the work was almost always tough, although the USA Network is to be applauded for putting up with fewer excellent episodes than some – enjoy the excellent episodes they aired this season, including Season 2, 3 and 4, which were themselves worthy of repeat viewing. We find in Season 3 the family takes on a different challenge to start the new year.

Sid is for the most part settled back into being the stereotypical head of household of the family, and the plan is for his son to take over things when he retires, although he’s fumbling at just how to do that, since it’s actually probably too early for that. Teddy is working all the time, pressuring the sisters and Trudy to schedule more jobs for him because he wants to spend more time with the family. And Robert’s sense of entitlement has to go. That means it has to come from him. Given his background as a brilliant business-leader, he’s no stranger to dealing with the intricacies of a corporate culture, of handling egos. This is him, but it takes him to a place – and the stakes – that nobody has experienced before.

To put everything into context, I saw one episode of HBO’s True Detective this past week, which contained multiple characters, and no one had a complicated personal life. That’s how I felt about the family of Succession. Each of them struggled with some degree of dysfunction, but they weren’t pursuing a big-game hunting trip where one character simply causes damage and chaos with no recourse whatsoever. Yes, sometimes they fell, sometimes they fumbled, and sometimes they behaved deplorably, but they were not the sort to have one of their best friends massacred without remorse or any real talk about where he got himself into it.

And yes, I still think you’d find my family off to a nice European trip next season if we were allowed to and told them to let me down easy.

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