THE MORNING LIST
Exceptionally delivered on a Friday, this weekly selection takes note of the end, in one week, of four major series that all series enthusiasts will benefit from (re)discovering in this period of soft news on the novelty front.
“Ted Lasso”: goodbye Richmond
After bringing critics and audiences together for two seasons, the third installment of the mustachioed coach’s British adventures has somewhat divided. The fault is no doubt episodes that have become too long – more than an hour compared to 30 minutes in the first season – superfluous subplots – the romance between Keeley (Juno Temple) and the financier who invested in his box n has no interest, except that of taking advantage of the presence of Jodi Balfour on the screen – and a form of saturation in relation to all this benevolence: the redemption a bit corny of coach Nate (Nick Mohammed), past coach of West Ham after betraying his team, goes badly with viewers. This last point is a little unfair: the sentimental lawsuit brought against Ted Lasso doesn’t make a lot of sense considering that the show is about showing that you can grow out of the worst situations.
Despite the very uneven performance of the episodes and the scattering of the subject in a multitude of sub-stories, there remains enough vigor in Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) and his acolytes to make people laugh as much as cry in the cottages. Towards the end, the series also seems to pick up the hair of the beast, again galvanized by the message taped by Ted Lasso above his desk: “Believe”. Praise of listening and discussion, camaraderie and honesty, Ted Lasso will have shown that success can be built on narrative arcs that are not systematically based on power dynamics. In this, the Apple TV + series is a sacred antidote to Successioneven if nothing prohibits, for a good balance of the heart, to love the two. At. f.
Series created by Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis (season 3). With Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Juno Temple, Nick Mohammed, Brendan Hunt, Maximilian Osinski (USA, 2023, 12 × 50 min). On demand on Apple TV+.
“Succession”: splendor and misery of capitalism
As much the happy ending of Ted Lasso there was little doubt, as the tragedy of the Roy children could only end in a bloodbath. The fourth and final season of Jesse Armstrong’s series describes, with its own coldness mixed with comedy, the latest plots and dirty tricks fomented by the Roy children to monopolize the fragile empire that their father (Brian Cox) will leave. behind him without having designated a successor. Deviously, the man had taken care to let at least three of his children – those born from the second bed – believe that they could take on this role, knowing full well that none of them had the shoulders to do so.
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