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Succession (HBO)
#1
I was half watching this show at first but along the way it got better.  The season finale is tomorrow, about 24 hours from now.

I must have missed the first episode and came in halfway through the second.  Last weekend and this weekend they have been showing marathons and I was able to get caught up on what I missed.

There are no 'good' people to root for, they almost all have an agenda, and there are some weird side plots that misfire, but the good news is that it accumulates into something interesting.  Critics and others are coming around like I did.  It got good around Ep 5 or 6.

Some Veep level vicious barbs in the dialogue.  

And a Jonah-esque punching bag named Cousin Greg.

Acting is solid all around, Eric Bogosian and Griffin Dunne have guest roles.  Kind of a follow up to The Big Short in that it's a McKay/Ferrell endeavor.

Anyhow, I now feel comfortable recommending the show.  Is anyone else watching?
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#2
I freaking love this show. Started watching it when it premiered and haven't missed an episode since.

While it's certainly not for everyone and shifts from dark comedy to utter darkness and back again on a whim, I think it is the low-key beholder of the best ensemble on TV right now (Sarah Snook is doing the best acting I've seen all year outside of "The Death of Stalin").

Love every bit of it.
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#3
I just started Episode 2. I want to punch Cousin Greg in the head. It is interesting.

But this show just called my TV Latina crush Judy Reyes, aka Scrubs Carla, the c-word. I can't tolerate that. Sarah Snook is dead to me now. And I have always hated the name Siobhan. Its pronunciation makes no sense to me, and the blood of my English ancestors wants to oppress the Irish every time I see it.
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#4
From the little I've seen, Alan Ruck's character is fried gold. Weird fucker.
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#5
Ruck and Culkin are the highlights. And somehow, not Brian Cox. Which is just completely confusing.
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#6
I'm glad more folks are talking about this. Stick with it if you aren't finished, it gets better.

I thought of this show today when someone mentioned Adam McKay in that one thread.

I didn't like Cousin Greg at first either but then I saw his first episode scenes. He has a good arc.

Brian Cox gets more action as the season goes on, and a great scene at the end.
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#7
we recorded this and will probably start it next week. I've heard that it takes a while to get going but is fantastic in the home stretch.
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#8
The lead performance by Jeremy Strong as Kendall is probably the best performance, even if others steal the show. He does the heavy lifting.
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#9
(08-23-2018, 10:18 PM)Rylander Wrote: I thought of this show today when someone mentioned Adam McKay in that one thread.

I only suggested McKay in the Trump thread 'cause I wanna see Margo Robbie explain Kompromat from the bathtub.
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#10
Bumping this thread for Season 2.  It looks like it starts on August 11th
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#11
Caught up with season 1 during the last month, and I'm in. This reminds me slightly of Billions, with its "mega-rich people doing awful things" vibe, although this show is a bit darker. Keiran Culkin was born to play a smug rich prick.
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#12
I'm amazed the internet has not meme-ified the squinting reaction of the lawyer when Culkin tells her he's not good with "all this foreplay shit, I'd rather just, lube up and fuck, y'know?"
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#13
My favorite moment/line in Season 1 was an aside by Kendall when they were at the big house in New Mexico.

After Logan learned that daughter Shiv was working for the politician he said something that likened her to a whore, and methhead Kendall rose to her defense, saying something to the effect of 'Are you calling my sister a whore?' 

... then turns his head and says 'Sorry' to Connor's lady friend, who is in fact bought and paid for.  If I remember it correctly.
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#14
It's nice to have this show back, but there wasn't much to comment about in this first episode.  Some good lines, but ...

The potential of Shiv being the next CEO seems like a tease or somehow fake, or at least that it won't last long.

Kendall isn't any better nor is Roman.  It's a shitshow at a fuckfactory!
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#15
The plan Roman pitched to his dad seemed psychopathic even by that family's standards.

I agree that Shiv is gonna get screwed in the end.
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#16
So perfectly dumb that Kendall has a kid named Iverson, lololol.
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#17
3rd episode  - with Boar on the Floor - was great.  4th episode was released early due to the holidays weekend and is already up on HBO GO / Now.

It was also great.  But I won't mention anything that happened for now.
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#18
^ Actually got to namedrop ''Boar on the Floor'' yesterday during a faculty-meeting (two colleagues were physically demonstrating the obnoxious squatting-on-the-hallway-floors behavior of a particular group of students during passing-period).

Think I'll randomly be referencing it a lot more in the future every chance I get now, too.
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#19
Quote:I'M AN ENIGMA, YOU CAN'T PIGEON HOLE ME; I'M THERE AND THEN I'M GONE 

I'M INTELLECTUALLY PROMISCUOUS, BUT CULTURALLY CONSERVATIVE 

I WORK HARD, BUT I DO NOT PLAY HARD 

I PLAY EASY

WHY WOULD YOU PLAY HARD?
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#20
I'm still laughing over Greg concern's of an "attack child" getting into the safe room.
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#21
Think I'm gonna switch my industry porn-name to "Ron Rockstone" from here on out, too.
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#22
From here - https://twitter.com/nocontextroyco?lang=en

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(07-23-2019, 09:44 PM)Rylander Wrote: My favorite moment/line in Season 1 was an aside by Kendall when they were at the big house in New Mexico.

After Logan learned that daughter Shiv was working for the politician he said something that likened her to a whore, and methhead Kendall rose to her defense, saying something to the effect of 'Are you calling my sister a whore?' 

... then turns his head and says 'Sorry' to Connor's lady friend, who is in fact bought and paid for.  If I remember it correctly.

I watched Austerlitz again last night and my memory when I posted this was not accurate.  Kendall called Logan a high class hooker then said sorry to Willa.
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#23
WE HEAR...FOR U
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#24
The great thing was how it actually showed up as WE HERE FOR U, which misses the whole pun that Tom and Greg were going for, but no one ever acknowledged it.

I still don't really know, 16 hours into this show, what the point of Cox's wife is as a character. She was presented as this mysterious presence in the first season that none of the rest of the family knew about, and the actress plays her in this cold, calculating manner but to no particular end. She doesn't push Logan to be better, or worse, or take more risks or to be harder or softer on any of his children. Their relationship doesn't humanize him, but if it supposed to be the opposite and she is supposed to be Lady Macbeth, she seems super lazy about it. It doesn't seem like she wants anything at all.
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#25
Also, when Brian Cox finally slapped Kieran Culkin, we were ALL slapping Kieran Culkin in that moment.
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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#26
I haven't enjoyed the last few episodes as much as Safe Room but I still love the show.

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#27
The "Secret" folder. LOL
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#28
Male rape

RRRRRRAAAAPE of the male
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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#29
Kendall's rap made me want to crawl under the couch. One of the most cringeworthy things I've ever seen.
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#30
We're white guys! and we take no crap
when we deliver our white rap!
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#31
That Congressional-testimony was fucking brutal. Someone posted this over in the AV Club episode review's comments-section:

   
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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#32
You can't make a Tomlette without breaking a few Gregs. This show is on fire.
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#33
Tom's dangling brofist during the newscast viewing-scene was pathetic, yet very much Peak Tom™.

And then later:

"I'm the meat in the fucking sandwich!!"
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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#34
I randomly remembered my favorite line from the last ep - "If I had to give him a grade, it would be B-plus, for 'Bad plus Terrible.'
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