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The urge to be seen and recognized

Aleksander Huser
Huser is a regular film critic in Ny Tid.
FICTION: The controversy in the media mogul family over the corporate throne escalates further in the HBO series Succession, which in an impressive and captivating way is able to take the pulse of the present and big capitalist business at its most brutal.

It took me a few episodes to get properly into the HBO series Succession, since the whole character gallery is so strikingly unsympathetic. But gradually this became part of the fascination itself.

Succession is admittedly no solitary swallow in that way. In the so-called new golden age of TV drama that started with HBOs The Sopranos (even though Six feet below and Sex and single life from the same channel should also have its share of credit), several prominent series have almost competed to have the most unsympathetic and morally dubious main characters. Tony Soprano from The Sopranos has his appealing character traits, but can also be said to be a violent sociopath. Despite Breaking Bad.first portrayed as Walter White's protagonist as a conscientious and cancerous family father, this series develops into a portrait of a psychopath – while "charming asshole" is an apt description of Mad Mens marketing genius and women's magnet Don Draper.

Also purely in terms of quality deserves Succession to be compared with all these series. At the same time, one can draw thematic lines back to American soap operas such as Dallas, Dynasty og Falcon Crest.

A vulgar royal house

Succession is about a fictional media mogul family in the United States, with all that entails of power struggles, intrigue and lust. . .

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