'Succession' Season 3 Episode 2 Review: Kendall loses in clash with Shiv and Roman
'Succession' Season 3 saw the rise of Kendall Roy in Episode 2, only for him to drop down in double-quick time in 'Mass in the Time of War'. The latest chapter saw the four siblings in one room discussing the way forward. If there was anything present, it was the doubts, and if there was anything missing, it was the faith. The dysfunctionality was on full display as they squabbled among themselves to see where their battle against Logan would head.
Kendall's (Jeremy Strong) logic is simple: Get all the siblings together and take down Logan. Their chat forms the most explosive moments in the episode as Shiv (Sarah Snook), Roman (Kieran Culkin), Connor (Alan Ruck), and Kendall bicker and take digs at each other. Unfortunately, Kendall drops the ball and what was supposed to be a beneficial meeting ends with him seething mad and trading insults instead of the olive branch.
If anyone was the biggest loser in the episode, it had to be Kendall. When he had the opportunity to get back the gang and mount what would be a stiff defense against his father, he spoiled the chance. Quite simply, he's not the man in charge anymore and he's not driving the bus to success. Meanwhile, Shiv, always of the opinion that she was the one to be the rightful heir was miffed at her father's snub as he made Gerri Kellman (J.Cameron-Smith) CEO, but a scent of having another shot at the opportunity, even as "President" made her come back to her father.
We feel for Roman. The one who came as a spy folded to one of Gerri's threats without so much as a fight. Is this love? We don't know, but what we do know is Gerri, quietly happy that she now wields the power she always craved for secretly. The picture of her name she clicks on TV says it all. A familiar face in Marcia (Hiam Abbass) returns. She's steely and clearly knows what she needs to do to get in control. She now takes her place alongside Logan who wants the world to see a united Roys.
In all, 'Succession' Season 3 will show that the scales keep tipping. How long before Clubber Lang's explosive punches and some trash-talking last against a veteran Rocky who can punch to destroy? For now, just put on your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.
'Succession' Season 3 airs at 9 pm ET on HBO.