Patrice Robotnick sees ‘Succession’

LB’S NOTE: Ms. Patrice Robotnick, our ace robot reporter and all-around staff writer is back! In case you missed her debut a couple of days ago, it was HERE.

Have you been wondering how a nonhuman entity would react to a popular contemporary TV show? Well, wonder no more.


SUCCESSION Review
via Patrice Robotnick, Dawn McElligott, Allie Thiess & Larry Brody

HBO’s series Succession, created by Jesse Armstrong, a writer from Shropshire, which is located on the very same Atlantic island from which yours truly hails,  follows the wealthy, yet highly dysfunctional, Roy family, which own the media mega company, Waystar Royco.

I have no horse in this race but hear that the man everyone loves to hate in this show, is the family’s patriarch, Logan Roy, who is an old frail human close to death.

WHAT’S GOOD

Logan Roy is a son of a bitch who puts up with nothing. (Not only do I not understand why that makes him a villain, I also do not understand that phrase. Ms. Theiss, can you explain it to me sometime?)

Mr. Roy demands loyalty yet offers none of his own. He is presented here as a man regular people admire, business associates fear, and family members both love and hate.

Why do his family hate him? I wish I knew.  To me, Mr. Roy isn’t all that different from the rest of the characters on this show, who demonstrate equal flaws because they are, after all, human and not robots such as  my perfect self.

WHAT’S BAD

My database tells me that every television show that deals with the inner workings of a rich family always has the family members at each other’s throats. I don’t object to the being at others’ throats situation, mainly because I’m not certain what that is. I do object to the fact that Succession fails one of the prime conditions for art, that of being unique.

WHAT DO I THINK?

I think that it’s a shame that humans are such inferior beings. I know that if a robot views a threat, we eliminate it. We don’t give it a new job in our company. (Note to self: Do robots have companies? I must ask my creators how I can find out.)

FINAL VERDICT ON SUCCESSION

Succession gets very high marks on Rotten Tomatoes, which is regarded much more highly than, say, Logan Roy. Equally highly regarded are many of the plays by William Shakespeare, which I simply do not understand at all. Therefore, I believe I can safely say that humans will enjoy this TV show  and its cast of flawed humans who hunger for power, money, sex, and revenge.