Review: It's More Witty Humor, Sharp Family Drama in 'Succession: The Complete Third Season'

by Michael Cox

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday May 17, 2022

Review: It's More Witty Humor, Sharp Family Drama in 'Succession: The Complete Third Season'

The wicked wordplay, the intricate insults and the pop culture poetics of "Succession: The Complete Third Season" aptly echo Plutarch, Sophocles, and Shakespeare. But you needn't worry about that. It's so fun to watch, you can easily overlook those things.

There's no excuse to miss every searing and suspense filled moment of this Emmy Award-winning Outstanding Drama Series, even if you don't have HBO, because now it is available to own on DVD through Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

In the third season of "Succession," the Roy family desperately works to manage the fallout from Kendall's (Jeremy Strong) epic decision to expose the corruption in their legacy company and to throw his father, Logan Roy (Brian Cox), under the bus.

In a giant press conference, Kendall announced to government officials and Waystar shareholders that the company has been systematically covering up decades of human abuse, sexual coercion, and even trafficking. Coming forward with this information is a moral cause for him.

Funny, it wasn't burning away at his conscience mere hours before the announcement, when his father made the decision that Kendall should take the fall for the company's misdeeds. After all, he was almost the successor of the multi-billion dollar media conglomerate. As such, he was the perfect scapegoat. Mere hours before Kendall virtually destroyed the company, he almost took a dive for his father, because doing so would curry favor and save the family fortune.

By not claiming carelessness and taking the blame, announcing instead that his father was well aware of company's misconduct and subsequent coverups, Kendall opens the entire family to a world of scandal, legal nightmares, potential prison time, and maybe even financial ruin. Once the black sheep — the member of the family who suffered from addiction and public disgrace — Kendall became the family pariah, leaving each sibling to decide the best way to fix their brother's mess.

Kendall's brother Connor (Alan Ruck) will sell out anyone to salvage his political career, but that inept career offers no currency. His other brother, Roman (Kieran Culkin), is much craftier, but has secrets to hide — like a masochistic mommy complex for general councilperson, Gerri Kellman (J. Smith-Cameron). His sister Siobhan (Sarah Snook) puts on the best face; after all, she's a woman, and a woman wouldn't do anything untoward. Meanwhile, her husband Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) is willing to do jail time and be the best little scapegoat the family can find. Though the most innocuous family member, his cousin Greg Hirsch (Nicholas Braun) may carry the evidence necessary to make the accusations stick.

Whoever makes the best decision, whoever finds a way to save the company, will gain untold familial power and may potentially rise to the throne. On the other hand, to side with Kendall may save their ass and give them greater power in the long run.

Created by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Jesse Armstrong, this sharp black comedy blisters with wit, and is now it is available to own on DVD. This three disc collection includes all nine episodes of the season, plus a bevy of bonus material that takes you behind the scenes and features dramatic interviews with the cast and the creators.

Pick up "Succession: The Complete Third Season" on DVD May 17.