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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Season 3 Succession, Episode 5 Recap: Mad Emperors Shake Up the Vote

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Don’t look now, but the Roy family could lose everything.

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The Roy family members appear to be permanently poised on the brink of disaster, but they too look shaken in the latest episode of by HBO Succession. The future of the company hangs in the balance in a piss contest between two men who can’t even pee alone.

Season 3 Episode 5, titled Retired Janitors of Idaho, takes place in near real-time behind the scenes at the WayStar RoyCo shareholders meeting. Logan and his “gang of creeps” are desperate to prevent a mass vote that could cost them society, but the behind-the-scenes are held hostage to the whims of two embittered old men whose burning desire to punish each other is matched. only from their physical infirmity. These two old men have so many lives on their hands, and all they care about is their hate filled game with each other. Sorry to repeat Roman’s scatological phrasing, but how many lives have been ruled (and ruined) by such pissed-off emperors?

Spoiler ahead!

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Shareholders rebel

Even Kendall is self-aware enough to acknowledge that “at this point it’s just about managing the ego,” but Logan’s urinary tract infection makes him spin into a delirium in what should have been the defining moment. The stubborn media mogul seemed to be kept on his feet by sheer stubbornness, putting everything he built on his ability to bend an entire crowd to his will with his mere presence (or as Roman put it, “the sturdy Logan voodoo “).

The physical infirmity of Logan and his rival Sandy Furness is reminiscent of the situation at the top of CBS e Viacom ruled by senior CEO Sumner Redstone. Directors and acolytes, as well as Redstone’s daughter Shari, surrounded the role of leader as he resisted even as his health deteriorated. One detail that even Succession might find too bizarre was that when his speech went, according to the Wall Street newspaper, Redstone used iPad to activate the recordings of your voice by saying “yes”, “no” and “fuck you”. The scandal also followed the media mogul when a legal battle with an ex-girlfriend threatened his fortune.

Redstone resigned in 2016. He died in 2020 at the age of 97.

The shareholder battle is also reminiscent of a fierce real-life fight for Disney’s future, that already inspired the vote of no confidence in the season 1 succession. Disney’s 2004 shareholder riot took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center, where Minnie and Donald greeted thousands of shareholders before voting to oust Michael Eisner.

Raisins’ bright

Can we take a moment to talk about the fact that the Roy family misdeeds just brought down the president of the United States? To cover up systematic sexual abuse, the WayStar media empire changed the direction of its coverage, prompting the president (aka “the Raisin”) to forget to run again. Not only do their behind-the-scenes schemes subvert democracy within their company, but the crimes and misdeeds of the super-rich affect everyone in the nation (and the world) when they use the levers of power to cover their asses.

And let’s not forget that this opens the way for Connor to launch a presidential bid. The next CEO may be a man who is currently trying to blackmail his father by arming his knowledge of sexual abuse. You wouldn’t think that the venal scion of a deplorable dynasty could rise to the White House just because he likes to try, but strange things have happened.

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Hope Davis and Arian Moayed play Sandi and Stewy, who find common ground with their rivals in this stressful time.

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Done deal

Poor Shiv. Eventually he demonstrates his business talent, only to see the men in his life insist on ruining him. First, Tom intrudes on her and lets slip that she is monitoring her fertility cycle, even though the idea of ​​being a wife in prison is the last thing Shiv wants as he surpasses being a mediator. of power.

So, Logan has to piss all over his success. Logan may have a point that the deal isn’t ideal for the family, but there’s no evidence it could have evoked a win from the situation. Indeed, Shiv’s Ave Maria allows him to reach moral level without ever having to prove that he could have done better.

Obviously, he wasn’t quite himself for much of the episode, but there’s probably nothing more Logan than his insistence on ruining his daughter’s big time. He’s as mean and vengeful as ever as he pushes Shiv away to start strategizing, a microcosm of his overall relationship with his children. But what he may or may not realize is that this spiteful distance has molded children into the adults they are. Shiv may be devastated by her father’s insensitivity, but she didn’t negotiate the deal out of a naïve desire to please him – she maneuvered to get what she wanted. And in fact, she was able to close the deal thanks to an intuition Logan simply doesn’t have: an understanding of what it feels like for Sandi Furness to grow up in the shadow of an overbearing father.

The real meeting

The rules are for the poor, even if it is a rule not to feed the rabbits donuts. Once again, Kendall forces someone who works for him to do something he doesn’t want to do, and once again it goes wrong.

Despite all of Team Kendall’s talk about #resistance (and the $ 100 million she spent trying to win people over), Kendall ultimately still relies on the family she’s working so hard to alienate. He can’t take over the company if they lose it to Sandy and Stewy, so Kendall and Logan are both on the same side in their chicken game. At the end of the day, are father and son just different tastes of super rich asshole?

Kendall certainly shows no qualms about threatening to burn Greg, but then everyone needs to punch. Kendall moves to the stage to announce a foundation for the company’s past sexual abuse victims, but it’s the wrong room for that kind of gesture. The shareholders react badly, and he is left to wander off stage, finishing the episode alone and lost once again.

Season 3, Episode 6: What It Takes, will air next Sunday, November 21st.

subsequent thoughts

  • Roman loves those pajamas.

  • Tom shows a moving concern for Logan, which Logan surprisingly reciprocates by calling Tom “son”. Sure, he’s confused by the UTI, but Logan’s real sons would probably kill for that kind of tender moment.

  • Speaking of unexpectedly moving moments, Ewan stops haranguing just long enough to kindly advise Greg: “You have to take yourself seriously, kid.” Greg then considers suing Greenpeace, so it’s not clear he understood the advice.

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