Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Millionaires in Succession - Power, Money and One Dysfunctional Family

HBO's latest hit show Succession depicts the lives of members of the millionaire Roy family. The brain child of Jesse Armstrong is slowly becoming as popular as Game of Thrones and there is a lot of hype surrounding the show.
The hype stems from Succession's leitmotif - money and power are so important to people that they would do everything to obtain them. This is nothing new as people have always been preoccupied with getting their hands on more cash and more power. Whether it is acquiring new businesses, violent mergers or bear hugs, the motivation is always more money and greater power.
Even when it comes to much simpler things such as games of chance at casino sites like, the motivation to go there is still the same, to increase your bank balance and to feel powerful. In fact, we would even say that the primal instinct to win more money and be more powerful as a result is the driving force behind the existence of every game of chance out there.

Millionaires that Everyone Loves to Hate
These basic instincts are covered nearly to perfection in every scene of Succession containing more than one family member. This is because the show aims to unveil not only the privileged life that the Roy family leads, but also to illustrate how the brutal business environment that the family lives in erodes their relationships.
The show puts a new spin to the family drama genre and effortlessly transitions between the infighting happening inside the family and everyone's individual efforts to stay on top. It is fair to say that this recipe keeps audiences glued to the screens. The Roy family's millionaires are terrible, but, still, everyone loves to hate them and go on a binge watching marathon.

Whose Side are you on?
One of the things which make Succession such a good recipe for a TV show is that people can cheer for their favourite Roy during each episode. At one point in the show you desperately want Kendall, the natural successor to his father's throne, to take over the entire company and you are on his team with all your heart and soul. However, a couple of episodes later, you are cheering for the father, Logan Roy, to keep his empire and even make it bigger by acquiring one of his biggest rivals.
The show’s writers manage to manipulate audiences’ feelings every single episode by subtly influencing a character’s thinking and decisions. For example, the youngest sibling, Roman Roy is presented as something of a loose cannon with his in-your-face attitude. However, the writers manage to make the audience feel for him by carefully manipulating the action around him. This is especially true when he is put on the wrong end of his father’s anger in episode 6 of season 2. Logan Roy’s slap knocks out a tooth, but also wins Roman quite a lot of supporters watching at home.
Similarly, during the first couple of episodes most people were enamoured with Shiv, Logan Roy's only daughter and arguably the only sane person in the family. However, one extra marital love affair and a couple of wrong career moves later and suddenly no one is on team Shiv.

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