Succession: Season 2 (DVD)
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 1 x 1.4 x 19.1 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : R-125874-9
- Director : Andrij Parekh, Various Others, Mark Mylod
- Media Format : DVD, Subtitled
- Run time : 9 hours and 33 minutes
- Release date : 23 September 2020
- Actors : Nicholas Braun, Hiam Abbass, Kieran Culkin, Brian Cox
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Roadshow
- ASIN : B07YTCP798
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Emmy-nominated 'Succession' returns, exploring themes of power, politics, money, and family, played out within a rich and dysfunctional family whose patriarch, Logan Roy, is CEO of one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates. With the future looking increasingly uncertain and the past threatening to destroy them all, each of Logan’s four children remains focused on their personal agendas. Blending high drama with sharp humor, 'Succession' follows the Roys as they navigate a rapidly changing media landscape and the looming question of who will take over in a post-Logan world.
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There are two main strands to Season 2 - the first concerns a proposed takeover of another News Media outlet PGM owned by the Pierce Family headed by Matriarch Nan Pierce and long standing rivals of Logan Roy. Then the historical allegations of murder and sexual misconduct involving the Cruises Division of Waystar which first came to light in Season 1 and which were covered up by Logan's Son-in-law Tom resurface which leads to an appearance before a Senate Congressional Committee.
All the leading characters re-appear (including yet another sparkling cameo performance from Harriet Walter as Logan's second wife) with the addition of Holly Hunter as Rhea Jarrell the CEO of PGM who aligns herself with Logan in the takeover bid. Logan's eldest Son Connor is pursuing his nascent political career by announcing his candidature for the Presidency of the U.S.A. Second son Kendall is initially in rehab for his drug addiction but returns in a much traumatized and chastened fashion to involvement in Waystar's business at the behest of his Father. Meanwhile the newly married Daughter Shiv quits her career as Political Strategist to also be involved in Waystar on the understanding that Logan will in due course name her as his successor as Head of the Company and her husband Tom is given the responsibility of running ATN the News Division. Youngest Son Roman's main interest is in trying to arrange the necessary financing to enable Logan to take Waystar private in the event of the Company Shareholders deciding in favour of the hostile takeover bid for the Company by Stewy and Sandy.
Without giving away any plot spoilers I would just say that Season 2 ends with a surprise twist which will give rise to further machinations in Season 3. Let's just hope that filming of this can begin before too long as there's plenty of mileage left to see how the Roy family deal with their various trials and tribulations.
There are a number of exotic locations employed in Season 2 including a hunting lodge in Hungary the Family yacht moored in the Greek Islands plus visits to London and Dundee (to celebrate Logan's 50 years in charge of Waystar) all of which add lustre to the high production values we expect from a programme of this quality. One thing that did occur to me is that the somewhat mangled Minnesotan accent employed by Mathew Macfadyen in Season 1 seems to have been ironed out a bit which makes him more understandable but this shouldn't be taken to mean that the dialogue he utters is any more comprehensible as a result ! It's a masterclass in "computer management speak" and it's a credit to him as an actor that it is so believable.
Audio : English and French
Subtitles : English for the Hard of Hearing / Dutch / French and Polish
Extras : An Invitation to the Set by the Series Storytellers and 10 Within The Episode Featurettes.
As has been previously noted there is no Blu Ray Edition !