Succession season 3 is great, but less (review)

Succession season 3
HBO

Less daring, Jesse Armstrong’s HBO masterpiece does not (yet) reach the peaks of season 2. But was it really possible?

Some notes on a piano. The heady theme of Nicholas Britell. And we already have the hairs of the arms which rear with happiness. Yes, it’s an almost visceral pleasure to find Succession, the best current series by far. Two years after the release of the exceptional Season 2 finale, the wait is huge. So season 3, which begins Sunday evening on HBO and Monday in France on OCS, does it succeed in satisfying such high expectations?

You might as well say it right away, the mission was impossible. The TV peak reached by the final minutes of Season 2 made the task simply unachievable. Obviously, season 3 falls into line. Corn Succession nonetheless Succession. With his brutal and orgasmic verbal jousting, his bubbling jealousies, his stabs in the back. This feeling of Greek tragedy “made in HBO” always so alive, always so pleasing. Especially since this time the parricide took place! Yes, Kendall killed the father. At least that’s what he hopes … Because the old lion is still moving. And in this third act, we will see the response of Logan, wounded beast more dangerous than ever. Now that the family is openly divided, now that war for the throne is publicly declared, each member will have to choose sides. Ken refines his alliances, rallies his troops, to drive the last nail on his father’s coffin. The reaction of the rest of the siblings will depend on the victory or the ultimate rout of the scorned successor.

Succession season 3
HBO

With this third season, Succession takes an increasingly intimate look at the Roy family and their wounds. On the unspoken which plague reports to say the least unhealthy. A filial, paternal or fraternal love that one feels concretely, but which never manages to take the upper hand over personal ambitions, experienced almost as a fatality. Thus emerges from this new chapter of the Waystar saga an unprecedented form of pathetic sadness. A certain darkness of the soul that Succession had known how to bypass until then. The series no longer offers the same spiritual thrill, the same cynical lightness so pleasurable. It is more oppressive. Claustrophobic at times, as the tension is omnipresent and the air of Roys more and more unbreathable.

Succession season 3
HBO

Admittedly, the dialogues are always so scabrous, funny. Roman’s valves slam in the air. Shiv’s cows still hurt. Logan’s moral fury is as devastating as ever. But something is missing this time. Also because on the form, this season 3 is more soap opera than the others. It was thought almost exclusively as the result of betrayal. Its consequences and nothing else. There where Succession shone by surprising us from episode to episode, changing the backdrop – whether it was a crazy night for Tom’s bachelor party, a European trip to Logan’s native Scotland or a family therapy session. memorable in the middle of the New Mexico desert at Connor’s ranch – she’s got something more monotonous now (we’ve seen the first 5 episodes). It also has the perverse effect of reminding the viewer that Succession has been standing still for three years. Let’s face it, the essence of the storytelling hasn’t changed much since the first episode. Who will be the successor? The question arises and imposes itself, again and again, in all the mouths of all the characters.

Yes, this season 3 is pretty conservative. We have known Succession more daring. But once we said that, we didn’t say much. Because this series is a work of art. A television masterpiece. One of the few that deserves this distinction today. And as such, we criticize it knowing how lucky we are to be able to criticize it.

Season 3 of Succession, in 9 episodes, one per week from October 17 to December 12, 2021, in France on OCS in US + 24.

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