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Everything Logan Roy worked for goes up in smoke when a damaging story about his company breaks in the immensely absorbing, decidedly shocking "Argestes."
Only in the world of Succession could something like the Aspen Ideas Festival become more pretentious than it already is. It's pulled off, though, in this episode.
It was all going so well last week. Too well. And so it is here, as a decades-old scandal comes back to haunt the Roys, imperilling the PGM deal, in an entertainingly nervy episode in which the old man looks like losing it.
Roman Roy has been slapped twice by his father this season. It's difficult to say which of the two slaps hurt the most but it's enough to refocus the show on the Roy family dynamic and the various cycles of abuse that run through it, starting at the top.
Throughout the first season of Succession, Siobhan acted as something of a "floater" in the dynastic struggle going on between her siblings. But in this week's episode, she brings her brothers closer together, uniting them in their hatred of her.
If there is a secret sauce to Succession's sustained brilliance, it might be how the show constantly finds new ways to bring a bunch of its characters together under one roof and let them bounce off one another.
"Argestes" is like a coming-down-to-earth moment for the Roys... For that, the episode finds a strange atmosphere about it, this impending doom settling into its bones as though the end of their empire may be near.
Yes, the immediate disaster is the dissolution of the PGM merger, but it feels like there's something much more personal buried beneath the floorboards.
The winds of change are blowing. Hopefully they blow in someone else's, not Logan's, favor this time around.
Do you remember those melodramatic promos for The Slap on NBC? That titular slap was somehow less dramatic than the backhand Logan lays on Roman in the latest episode of Succession, "Argestes."
The timing of an event like the one at Argestes in the middle of the bid on Pierce was iffy enough. Adding the potential disastrous expose on Cruises set everyone on edge, and darkness prevailed.
I'm always impressed that Succession sees the toxicity at the heart of Logan Roy as clearly as it does.
Argestes, which the show describes as a "media and banking retreat," stands in for Davos here, and many of the details sync up with stories that come out of that annual event.