performer | Brian Cox
Display | HBO’s Succession
the ring | “Chianshire” (December 5, 2021)
the performance | Logan Roy’s formidable presence looms large on every frame of HBO’s acclaimed corporate drama, as his children fight and squabble to either win his favors or take his place, even when he’s not on screen. But when it was is being On screen, we’re treated to Cox’s adorable, thunderous portrayal of a lion in winter not ready to give up even an ounce of his power. This week, Cox rose to prominence and shined as Logan faced a chilling encounter with his former favorite son Kendall.
Cox also did a great job around the ends of the episode, with flashes of unbridled humor as he puzzled over Lukas Matsson’s cryptic tweets (“I’m not in the habit of negotiating over eggplant”) and a rush of righteous anger as Roman scolds him, unfortunate texts. But really, we’re here to talk about that dinner scene between Logan and Kendall. What a sight! Cox was uncharacteristically warm at first, substituting Logan’s usual bellows for whispers—but we saw how Logan’s mind was twisted when he first tasted his grandson to make sure he wasn’t poisoned. Kendall poured his heart out on his father, acknowledging defeat and agreeing to take damages and disappear, but Cox had a sadistic glint in his eye while Logan was enjoying the victory, playing with Kendall like a cat with a wounded bird. Cox grinned a sinister grin as Logan denied his son even the dignity of a quick exit, and directed the actor to his great charisma to get Kendall back where Logan cruelly twisted a knife by raising the caterer who died at Chef’s wedding.
Logan coldly told his son, “I’m the king knowing things about the world, or I won’t be able to transfer the money.” “Not necessarily pretty things.” It serves as a poignant reminder that as horribly immoral as Logan Roy can be, he is right about some things. It is a testament to Cox’s stellar work that he showed us the man behind the beast. We may not be on Logan’s side in any argument… but he’s nothing short of cool.
honorary | Was Katherine Hahn as weird as life factsAtmosphere? Yes. Was Anne Down in Mrs. Garrett’s stature? Oh dear yes. But Live in front of a studio audienceThe biggest surprise was how Kevin Hart’s 40-something – top pick when announced – effectively elicited sympathy, just like Strokes Diff’rent‘tweenage’ Gary Coleman is back in the day. Suddenly Arnold Drummond slipped out of his older brother’s orbit, wounded, unsure how to proceed without Willis by his side. Hart could have been “big” with a cartoon of a man getting his foot stepped on, but instead took advantage of Arnold’s confusion. Coleman was a star during his life Strokes Diff’rent He ran, having mixed cuteness and phrases with some relativity. Hart gave an appropriate salute.
honorary | when we heard that ghosts He was plotting a story about Hetty having a “live” Jay, we predicted there would be funny raucous moves. But we had no idea how impressive, grotesque, and hilarious Utkarsh Ambudkar would be from 19th century thief baron Rebecca Wisocki. The actress nailed Hetty’s arrogant high-pitched voice, her arrogant laugh and her stern demeanor, right down to the way she holds her hands clasped at her waist. With comedic prowess, Ambudkar effortlessly switches between a shocked Jay and the power of Hetty as the two battle for control of his body. Pete was in place when he compared the scene to watching tennis rivals John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors – but in this case, Ambudkar was playing against himself like a total champ.
honorary | The sexual life of college studentsLeighton is a classy, sometimes arrogant student who often makes us laugh with her blunt hostility. But in the finale of the first season of the HBO Max comedy series, we made Renee Rap Feel For her character because she took a small but brave step in going out to fit Kimberly. Leighton’s fear and reluctance were evident in Raab’s quick and quiet (but poignant) delivery of “It wasn’t a guy, it was a girl. I’m gay.” Then Raab brought a agonizing weakness to confession when Leighton cried, “I don’t want to be like this. Kimberly, it’s horrifying. I don’t want my whole life to change.” Rap’s ability to go from gritty comedy to heart-wrenching cry in one episode was truly impressive.
honorary | Kris gave as much as she got, in multiple ways, this week SWAT, in a beautiful presentation of Lina Asco’s veterinary series. Upon discovering that a kidnapped young woman was one of the many Honduran refugees who sought sanctuary from a locality called Mama Pena, Chris struggled to present her and her colleagues as friends rather than enemies. So when Deacon gets so charged with Mama Pina, Chris confronts him again at HQ, and he doesn’t relent once at POV because he was preparing refugees to suffer in prison the same indignities they did as drug mules – and Esco’s severity was gripping. Her maximum performance was a powerful, visceral and close combat scene with no evidence of obvious doubling. Kick night, that’s all said.
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