Review: Succession, “Tailgate Party” | Season 4, Episode 7
Nothing like an election night to draw out the high stakes of a corporate family's infighting
All throughout its run, Succession has managed an impressive feat: staying rooted in the perspective of its central toxic family while still allowing us to imagine how the effects of their selfishness might trickle down to everyday people. Sure, this will never be the type of show to truly step outside its protagonists’ shoes and let us spend time with an average working-class American citizen. Setting aside the occasional victims with whom the Roys directly interact (like the woman Shiv convinced not to testify about her sexual assault), the consequences of their whims tend to be subtle and long-term—especially in the case of the millions of ATN viewers being fed propaganda and misinformation over the course of decades.
But whenever Succession directly deals with American politics, it’s even easier to see how much this one family’s actions contribute to major world events—and how little that fact even crosses their minds until it serves their narrative. …