Season 3, Episode 3, “The Disruption”

Jeremy Strong, Fisher Stevens and Dagmara Dominczyk star in Succession

Jeremy Strong, Fisher Stevens and Dagmara Dominczyk star in Succession
Photo: Macall B. Polay / HBO

No one hurts you like the people who say they love you. But so does the Roy family actually Love each other? “The Disruption” makes you wonder. Roys has always tried to present an overall front where the kids have one duty To sustain. If Logan needs them, they are there – before the congress, on Pierces’ property, on the yacht, in Dundee, in the cottage – and the impression has always been one of prisoners just driven by devotion, responsibility and fear. There are some commonalities in how Connor, Kendall, Shiv and Roman feel about Logan. But how they feel about each other – yes, it’s more difficult, and “The Disruption” ends with a line drawn in the sand that actually looks more like a schism.

Over the course of over two seasons, we’ve gotten a better sense of how Roy’s really feel about each other, and it’s competitive and compassionate, but it’s always private. They talk a great deal to each other and about each other, but it does not seep outward. Last season, Roman and Kendall laughed at Shiv’s memo, everyone made fun of Connor for bankrolling Willas’ game, and Roman’s sexting was an open secret – but the Roy children did not really use the press against each other.

So far this season, until “The Disruption,” it continued to be the case. Roman asks Logan to throw Kendall under the bus, but in a private brainstorming session. Kendall yells at Shiv about her tits, but in another private brainstorming. The media and the public know that Roys is fighting, and know that Roys is a mess, and know that Kendall and Logan are on opposite sides. Men Kendall vs. Shiv? It’s a brand new wrinkle, and it’s dark.

“The Disruption” is directed by Cathy Yan | with a light, yet effective, tempering of the series’ house style. Less aggressive zooms, fewer round-robin-style edits to capture everyone’s reactions, and a longer team of certain compositions purposefully mirroring their motifs helped slow the episode in scenes that needed a certain sense of melancholy. I am thinking in particular of the Committee on the Protection and Welfare of Journalists, and the firm close-up of the middle class first on Shiv when she challenged Kendall, then on Kendall when he told her she was the new him, and saw a step. back to show them off, with Shiv’s shock and Kendall’s fatigue. Or how Yan tracked Kendall when he entered one of the server rooms in The Disorder with Sophie Iwobi show, slipped down the wall and sat in his own misery – ghost of the host late at night (played flashing by Ziwe Fumudoh) which he had become so obsessed with.

“The Disruption” builds both visually and narratively on the intimacy and intimacy between siblings in “Mass in wartime,” and then it all explodes outward. How much longer can this feud actually last when two out of four siblings are already dropping bombs? Will Roman get beyond this thing?

Honestly, Roman seems the most sensible right now. He works overtime to learn more about what Gerri does, to Logan’s little surprise. He subtly stands up for her against the new president of Domestic Operations Shiv. When Shiv refuses to go to the post office and share some positive memories from his childhood with Daddy Roy, Roman moves up. Did it break my heart a little bit that the story he told about going fishing was something Connor actually did for him? Of course! The Roman / Logan dynamic is so toxic and sad and strange, where Logan uses homophobic mockery of his own son who did him a favor by saying that he loved him. I know Jesse Armstrong has said that seasons are not built around specific characters, but I do not quite buy that and I would very much like a Roman-centered season! Give it to us!

Until then, we are trapped in Kendall’s spiral of ego, narcissism, martyrdom, the whole thing. Does Kendall do something for e.g. to change the Waystar Royco culture right now? Or help the FBI? Or even help Lisa, his lawyer? No, no, and not really, no. Instead, Kendall is only interested in a press war, and most of all, what the press is thinking Hi m. “You’m pretty worried about how you’ll come across,” says the reporter he’s having lunch with, and after all, Kendall insists otherwise (“I’m just really fond of my headspace, and I hope they are. happy in their ”), of course he is.

That’s why he’s back with Naomi, where the two bring out the worst in each other, and that’s why he performs at a different nightclub or restaurant every night, and that’s why he teases photographers with “Fuck the patriarchy! “, and that’s why he plays Good Tweet, Bad Tweet, and that’s why he watches The Disorder with Sophie Iwobi every night to see if she tore him a new one about his Caucasian rich brain.

At the same time, Kendall treats everything with deadly seriousness and tries to subdue his opponents by behaving as if all this is a joke, and that dichotomy is untenable. He’s never been the cool guy, so much so that he’s trying to project it over and over again. The guy in the basement of Waystar Royco does not understand why Kendall is talking to him; the authors further Disruption is turned off by his faux “come to me, bro” insistence; that security man makes him nervous with his “I know you”; Iwobi is relentless in his mockery of Kendall’s harsh tweets and gang signs. And maybe I would feel more sympathetic to him if he had not gone back to buying Greg that watch for $ 40,000, or if he had not performed the “Rape Me” stunt on Waystar Royco that sabotaged Shiv’s first major appearance with Nirvana’s single from 1993.

Kendall really thinks he’s the good guy, but is that what a good guy does to a sibling he recognizes as being the new version of him? And as Nate (hey, Ashley Zukerman!) Recently returned home, the scorched earth Shiv is no joke. The fact that she continues to release the statement attacking Kendall (“Our hopes for his recovery were dashed”) even though Roman and Connor refused to sign it (“This would be out there, just like forever”) with her , is a real turning point, I think, and an adjustment from Shiv to Logan, which I’m not sure, is the right move.

I guess she really has to believe Logan when he says he did not know what was going on on cruises and that she “will not find a piece of paper that makes you ashamed of me.” Is it easier for Shiv to trust Logan because Tom offers to go to his prison in his place? And why is Tom doing this? I really thought Tom would pull a recording device forward after giving that offer to a pleasantly surprised Logan, but I guess it’s a deliberate move in itself to call a law firm to get representation outside of Waystar Royco . Is there a world where Kendall and Tom merge? Could “another life is possible, brother” work?

Maybe because the FBI’s raid on Waystar Royco is no joke. Gerri had asked Logan to tread carefully around senior White House Assistant Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven (Linda Emond), with whom Gerri had spoken this season’s premiere episode. But instead, the conversation Logan and Michelle-Anne had, which was largely a consideration, was tipped off by the Department of Justice, and Kendall had pressured Lisa to encourage the DOJ to act anyway. So while everyone except Shiv works late and while Tom hosts a dinner for ATN advertisers, the FBI knocks and Logan agrees.

The facilitated reactions from Gerri, Roman, Frank, et al. to “We Collaborate” was pretty telling – I’m not sure how many of these people think Logan could survive this. “Trust and reconciliation,” Shiv had asked Kendall, but that may be a big task now. Not when he hides in the closets and smiles at his family’s misfortune, and not when President Shiv is not in the Waystar Royco building when it matters. So once again I ask: Will Roman come out on top of this?

Roaming observations

  • Despite what Iwobi says, I guess Shiv is no longer “the fucking weird one.”
  • I simply do not understand how Kendall’s guy was able to procure that shopping list of audio equipment and secretly lined it up around the area where Shiv gave his speech. At first I thought they might have just hacked into the sound system, but then we saw Kendall’s office filled with discarded speaker boxes. I think the former option would have made more sense, because would anyone have not noticed Kendall’s guy penetrating all of this and distributing it? Would Kendall and anyone associated with him not have had security on them at all times?
  • I’m increasingly coming to believe that Connor has the best concert of any of the Roy’s. Everyone else thinks he’s an idiot, so he has no responsibility at Waystar Royco. The media is not really interested in him, so he could just relax in the desert and do his own thing. His presidential election and inflated self-esteem are obviously both bad, but maybe it’s kind of liberating to be siblings that no one takes seriously!
  • Kendall claims to care about the safety and well-being of all those women who are negatively impacted on cruises, but so randomly using the phrase “Open the kimono” … not great.
  • Was the “I Know You” security guard involved in covering up either Kendall’s Shivs wedding night disaster or his bodega shoplifting? The screener episode that HBO provided did not have end texts, so I could not determine if the actor has appeared on Succession before, but that would be a good nod to past bad behavior from Kendall.
  • Something else that is unsustainable: Greg, the long-legged prince of ATN, plays all three sides of any situation! Partying with Kendall, Tom tells Kendall to come into the office and keep his personal lawyer as hired by Uncle Ewan. As usual, it’s impossible to tell if Greg’s stupid or a genius.
  • J. Smith-Cameron was absolutely amazing in every scene with Brian Cox in this episode, especially her increasingly pointed “All Collaborate” argument. But do I think Gerri on his own persuaded Logan to finally play ball with the FBI? No, I think Tom, who nodded to the chopping block, was the main motivator there, and we’ll see how it goes.
  • “He’s dusty Ross with a Daddy complex” is a perfect tweet.
  • Marcia’s effervescent hello to Shiv, so different from her normal frostiness, was a perfect little reminder that Marcia gets paid, and the irritations caused by the Roy children no longer mean anything to her.
  • Logan’s insults to Kendall include “rat” and “a fucking hamburger.” Not his best work, IMHO. The same goes for Shiv, who spits in what I assume is Kendall’s notepad / journal. Spit him in the face if you really want to mean it!

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