HBO Max came out swinging by releasing a HUGE catalog of television shows. I will unveil a new series in which I watch the pilot episode from the catalog and tell you if it’s worth binging.
Today, I am going to review one of the most popular shows on HBO, Succession.
Succession follows a dysfunctional American global-media family.
The hype surrounding this show is legit. I had been trying to add this to my list of things to watch but never got around it. I was hoping this wasn’t a shot that had big-time hype and let me down.
That opening credits of this show, CHEFS KISS!!!!!!!! The melody of the score within and then throughout the episode was remarkable.
The thing that stands out the most in the pilot is remarkable storytelling. The episode was layered with attention to detail, character introductions, and intensity that put you on the edge of your seat. The slow burn of the episode slowly but surely pays off at each turn. I was impressed with the ability to have you so emotionally invested in what was happening next.
The acting is out of this world, a well-casted crew here with a confrontation between a father and son. It was this fierce power struggle that was intense, raw, and acted to perfection. The meltdown by Kendall (Strong) at the end of this episode was strong, the emotions, the facial expressions, Strong might have given one of the best performances in a pilot, EVER.
Side note: Roman at the end of this episode with the kid playing baseball was one of the biggest dick moves in Television history.
One of the best-written drama pilots you will ever watch, period. Between the writing, acting, directing, and the score, this is a real treat. I binged watched the entire season one after watching the pilot.
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