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Disturbingly daunting, and thoroughly engrossing, The Roy family pulls out all the stops as they prevent Congress from destroying their company in "D.C."
"DC" has a notably darker, more serious tone than other episodes this season... It's also a necessary reminder that these people who entertain us so much every week are, in fact, rotten to the core.
[Shiv's] attempt to convince the woman to not come forward is among the most difficult-to-watch scenes the show has deployed, as uncomfortable as the Roys' dinner with the Pierces, as brutal as Logan's game of "boar on the floor."
Connor compared Logan Brian Cox to a superhero in his video message last week, but it's in "DC" that someone articulates the unvarnished truth of his powers.
[Logan Roy] plays his children like an instrument of his will. They are nothing but the spawn of his loins. He is incapable of true love. It's an exemplary portrayal by Brian Cox.
This was perhaps not the most dynamic episode for our girl Holly Hunter... it was a pretty great look at a woman who's slowly realizing just how screwed she truly is.
Sarah Snook does such a good job with the complexities of Shiv and the push and pull of her contradictory political beliefs and her need to protect the family that I hope she takes a much larger part in the company business...
While last week's "Dundee" took a far more fast-and-loose approach to Succession's typical episode model, the second season's penultimate episode adopts a far darker, more sinister tone.
... Tom acts like he doesn't know Greg. Not only is this very rude, it's wildly boneheaded, easily disprovable, and hilarious. In an episode where absolutely everyone loses, Tom loses the most spectacularly.
Speaking as an inveterate Succession disliker, there was very little here that made me want to pull my own hair out as per usual.
Holly Hunter's last line is a walk-off home run that sums up the entire show: "It's kind of a superpower isn't it? If you can lie to someone like that to their face. I mean, I know you're lying, but I still find you very plausible and appealing."
The conflict of self-preservation and damage control versus doing the right thing comes into clear focus on Succession Season 2 Episode 9, "DC," as some find they do not have the stomach to get dirty for the Roy family.
It's impressive that all the kids are successful in this episode, and they all gain Daddy's affection, and yet. Who will be the "blood sacrifice"?