1000 words about this week's Succession
I so relate to the "hard to watch" sentiment. My wife doesn't watch, but asks me about it occasionally. Last night when I watched this episode she asked me how it was and my off-the-cuff response was, "It was good, but I'm excited for the season to be over."
I’m so relieved you made the Arrested Development connection because I observed the same thing!
I’ve been voraciously consuming any kind of analysis of each episode and am thrilled to read your thoughts, particularly relating to Aristotle.
As I watch these following episodes, I cannot get Logan’s words out of my head: “I love you, but you’re not serious people”. Logan alluded to his difficult upbringing, one where we can presume he was not taken seriously and we can see this this (successfully) becoming his life’s mission and ultimately, his primary accomplishment, arguably in sacrifice to everything else. The entire series the children seemed only interested in him taking them seriously as individuals which, frankly, seemed to bore Logan as he loathed their dependency or worse, used this to his advantage to manipulate them. Now that Logan is gone, their presumption that they should be taken seriously is an angle each of them desperately searches for to no avail because while Logan may have gave/pretended to/withheld love, no one else is interested or obliged to. With maybe the exception of Tom(?) you’re right that there is no love. We only get small whiffs of approval from others but it’s always for their own selfish gain. This episode in particular reeked of their separate attempts (and failures) at being taken seriously each taking on aspects of Logan but also taking on the role of Logan for each other. Is this strangely out of love? Would they recognise it as such? What is it that they really want? If Logan is gone, is it even attainable?