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Succession Season 2 DVD Review

Succession

“Succession” continues to be one of the best dramas on television.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.”

In the 10 episode second season of the HBO drama, the ever dysfunctional Roy family goes through A LOT. Kendall enters rehab and tries to deal with the fallout of the events that transpired in the season 1 finale while also trying to get his career back on track. Newlyweds Tom and Shiv struggle in their new marriage especially with Shiv eyeing a big new role in Waystar while Tom lands a new job at ATN. Connor decides he wants to run for President even though no one thinks he should. Roman looks to prove, well, himself to everyone including his father. Greg internally struggles with the slimy business practices and is hiding secrets. As for the patriarch himself (Logan)? He’s looking to name a successor and is hellbent on buying the company PGM but a certain cruise line scandal could sink everything. Other key storylines throughout the season include the character of Rhea, business ventures, a hunting retreat, a Hampton summer home lunch, Waystar company chaos, a yacht holiday and a cliffhanger ending that will have you have you salivating for season 3.

How do you make a series about a selfish, rich, backstabbing media mogul and his truly dysfunctional family work in this climate? Not only does creator Jesse Armstrong somehow make it work, but he also makes “Succession” a top tier show on television. We shouldn’t care about anyone or anything in this series and yet audiences (myself included) can’t seem to get enough of the often repugnant but endlessly fascinating Roy family. Is it their warped dynamic that glues us to the screen? Is it the quick-witted snappy dialogue that grabs our attention? Is it the all-star cast (which I’ll get to shortly)? Is it because the the show only seems to be getting better and better with intense high-stakes drama? Is it because the series encapsulates problems within America? The answer is all of these things and more. “Succession” is a smart show that came at the right moment, but it’s also impeccably directed, written and acted. On the subject of the cast…

Let’s face it, the ensemble cast is just aces. Brian Cox as Logan Roy the grouchy patriarch of the Waystar empire is perfect casting. I can’t imagine anyone else in this role. The casting of the sons (rising star Jeremy Strong as the messed up Kendall, Kieran Culkin as the scene stealing Roman, Alan Ruck as the dopey Connor) and daughter (Sarah Snook as Shiv) is also perfection. Let’s not forget Nicholas Braun as the bumbling Greg who is out of his element and Matthew Macfayden as Tom the new member of the family.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? It would have been nice to see a Blu-ray release as the standard definition is a bit blotchy with muted colors.

Audio Track: 5.1 Surround. How does it sound? An adequate track.

Extras include a brief 2 minute featurette about season 2 titled “Invitation To The Set” which features interviews and character and story discussions. The other extras are “Inside The Episode” featurettes for all 10 episodes containing episode clips, interviews, discussions about events and character arcs within the episodes, and more.

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