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Emotions run high as the Roy family hides from a suspected active shooter in the positively riveting, wickedly funny, and unfortunately relevant "Safe Room."
in "Safe Room," the entirety of Waystar Royco is confined to company headquarters for fear of an active shooter, sparks began flying quickly -- confirmation that the series does its best work in close quarters.
Safe Room matched the darkness of its subject material with pitch-black humor that routinely tapped into many of our country's own anxieties.
The magic of Succession is that the folly of the Roy children pivots between tragedy and comedy so fluidly.
This episode takes place against the growing, militant polarisation of the US, between the shouty far-right and an the increasingly organised anti-fascist movement, and alarm at an increasingly trigger-happy culture. The Disunited States indeed.
So far, this is the season's most eventful episode -- and often the funniest.
Jeremy Strong is arguably playing the least showy character in the series, but his performance may just be the most impressive; I actually did cry watching his talk with Shiv, especially as he breaks into tears when asking her for a hug.
It really does feel like Twitter: The Television Show, because in the end, Succession doesn't have anything interesting to say about any of these phenomena other than "Look, these phenomena exist."
Georgia Pritchett's script for this episode is as dense as Mad Men used to get and as rewarding; "Safe Room" won't let you forget anything Kendall or Shiv or Tom or Greg have done, but treats them all with a palpable amount of empathy.
I think [Jeremy] Strong is doing more without words than anyone else on this show.
The active shooter scare is something unfortunately relevant in today's America, .... But it wouldn't be Succession if there's not a few jabs at premium safe rooms versus grunt safe rooms, elitism worming its way into protection just like anything else.
"Safe Room" delivered laugh-out-loud comedy and then turned around and offered incredibly tense emotional moments.
This "bottle episode" framing actually proved quite useful, as it not only forced the ever-squabbling Roy siblings to confront one another over their various demons, but it also introduced viewers to Rhea Jarrell.