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Fast-paced, savage, and surprisingly tragic, the one percent continues to commit unspeakable atrocities to one another in the entertaining "The Summer Palace."
In my previous reviews, I echoed Shiv and Roman's appraisals: Kendall is finished. His story had a natural endpoint, and to keep him around in a major role would be unnecessary. I have to say, though, I like what they're doing here.
We laugh at these characters every week, but one of the remarkable aspects about Succession is that it has the pull of Shakespearean tragedy, too.
The show wasted no time in getting back to fifth gear.
What began more like a winking satire has since become a critique of all of the towering, terrible giants of global industry and how, through some combination of ego, impulsiveness and ignorance, they're destroying their own legacies.
Succession Season 2 Episode 1, The Summer Palace, continues to be a shining example that horrible people being horrible to each other is strangely compelling.
More than anything, the early introduction of the Shiv-as-Waystar-Successor plan really means there's ample time for [it] to hit the fan. So, uh, congrats to her?
Ruthlessness is what drives season two premiere The Summer Palace forward.
[Succession] has expertly portrayed, vilified and satirized the comings and goings of modern and past figures like the Murdochs and the Hearsts from day one.
The stench inside the summer place was a perfect analogy for the Roy family.
[Succession] celebrates wealth in the way American pop culture always has -- but it also always understands who's being flattened beneath the family's boots. It's a dark, yet beautiful, vision of the world.
It really is a near-perfect hour of TV.
Succession is so good at twisting those emotional screws.