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Roughly two hours before the Rangers blew a 10-2 lead to the sneaky hot Athletics, I decided let the hype, albeit the low-key hype, of Succession get the best of me. I can’t point to any outlets or personalities in particular, but I do know that people are calling it everything from the most underrated to the best show on television. I hate that I let the hype beast nudge me into it, because I don’t want to fall into another Westworld scenario, i.e. me ignoring the major flaws of a show because my echo chamber thinks it’s the greatest thing ever. I realized about halfway through season 2 that it’s just an alright plot with excellent acting.
But I gave it a run. No, I wasn’t going to be ground-floor Succession guy, but I feel like I snuck in during a second round of friends and family funding, and I’m cool with that.
Crazy thing is the show has nothing to do with succulents. I still think it’s great though
— David Ruff (@dcarterruff) July 25, 2018
From the jump, the intro grabs you. It’s basically vintage footage of shit the 1% does laid over an instrumental that somewhat resembles an old Swishahouse beat. That checks off two boxes on my personal checklist, so we’re off to a good start. From there we jump headfirst into a major corporate acquisition, and I am fully aroused on my couch.
I’m really digging the vibe here, guys. I guess it’s a dark comedy, family drama? It has a slight mockumentary feel as well. The characters are ridiculous, but not so much so that’s it’s unbelievable. Tom is such a boner, but I’ve encountered dudes like that in the real world.
As I tend to do, I took a few mental notes while watching. Keep in mind I’m only two episodes deep, so these thoughts and opinions are subject to change without prior notice.
1. Aside from Brian Cox (Logan Roy), who I know exclusively from the Bourne movies that I watch weekly on cable, and the LEGEND Alan Ruck, I have no idea who these actors are. Honestly, it’s kind of refreshing to go into a new show with some fresh faces.
2. Oh, shit. That’s Macaulay Culkin’s brother. No, not Thibs from Waco. The one I had no clue existed until my wife pointed it out to me. Technically, my point in note 1 still stands because I was unaware of this man. Great character, though. Total dickhead.
3. Kendall Roy is such a douche, but I’m kind of pulling for him. He has all the hallmarks of a tragic, self-sabotaging character, but I’m not sure if I really like any of the other siblings enough to pull for them.
4. The banter between Kendall and Lawrence might have been the moment that hooked me. I was worried after episode one that we may never see him again, but it appears that is NOT the case. Send him a Deal Closers Only mug, please.
5. I knew deep down that kid wasn’t gonna go yard, but dammit I was really pulling for him.
6. I haven’t seen a power vacuum this intense since Eric Gordon launched a campaign to steal Madison Hotels from Billy.
7. I’m gonna really like Greg aren’t I? I’ve seen a few Greg tweets (no spoilers please), and he’s got enough swag to stumble into a power role. When he went all in and pestered Logan for a gig on the man’s birthday? The balls on this guy.
8. Tom, you gotta chill.
I’ll be knocking out at least two more episodes tonight. Hell, I may make it three. I refuse to let the Rangers hurt me anymore. Keep the comments spoiler free and maybe we’ll keep this blog going..