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Delightfully bizarre and downright vicious, Logan Roy taps into his inner mad king as he maliciously debases his executives in "Hunting."
Succession has always been driven forward by the cruelty and vindictiveness of Brian Cox's Logan Roy, but on Sunday's episode, "Hunting," he took it to heights that surprised even the other characters.
This was a harsh, harsh hour of television, unrelenting in its psychodrama.
Gerri literally wins this episode: She is the only Boar on the Floor player to not end up on the floor.
If you are a Shiv fan, "Hunting" is such a good episode for her and for the incomparable Sarah Snook.
There were a lot of interesting developments on Succession Season 2 Episode 3, and they played out against one of the most absurd scenarios ever to air on television.
Logan's been on a hell of a tear since the start of Season 2, but his savagery reaches its peak during the corporate retreat once he begins sussing out the "rat" among his subordinates over dinner.
The idea, I suppose, is that by the time the jokes get where they're going you're caught up in the huff-and-puff rhythm and primed to receive whatever they throw at you. I'm mostly just bored.
For Succession Season 2 Episode 3, "Hunting," it comes down to standing: you're either a Roy, or you aren't. Standing up to the boss is a family affair, best left to blood only, and all else will perish in the process.
I was losing my MIND at Brian Cox's performance during this [boar on the floor] scene -- he's the human embodiment of unchecked power.
While it's jarring to see how far Logan will go to consolidate power, it's not surprising. It takes what we already know about these characters, and reveals just how ugly and (self-)destructive they can get.
In some ways, this is the most cartoonish Succession we've seen yet, but it's impossible to laugh at, and just how smartly written it keeps it from actually verging into being too much.
["Hunting"] was full-on Deliverance meets Lord of the Flies, and it was so dehumanizing and humiliating and totally believable.