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Cooking Mama: Cookstar Brings Both Vegetarian Meals And Blockchain Technology To Nintendo Switch – GameSpot

August 11th, 2019

Cooking Mama: Cookstar Brings Both Vegetarian Meals And Blockchain Technology To Nintendo Switch  GameSpot

A new Cooking Mama game is coming to Nintendo Switch, and it’ll introduce both a series first (vegetarian food) and a console first (blockchain technology).

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Police watchdog investigating fatal officer-involved shooting in Maple Ridge – Global News

August 11th, 2019

B.C.’s police watchdog has been called in after a man was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Maple Ridge home Sunday.

The BC Coroners Service said members are en route to the scene in the area of Colemore Street and 124 Avenue to investigate the death of a man in his 50s.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) confirmed they have been notified of an officer-involved shooting but would not say more.

READ MORE: B.C. police watchdog says 2 people killed in Surrey hostage taking were shot by officers

Ridge Meadows RCMP have yet to comment.

Family members told Global News the 54-year-old victim, who they identified as Kyaw Din, had a history of mental illness and had been back and forth from hospital.

Thant Din said his brother had been on medication, but had “become problematic” Sunday after either forgetting or refusing to take the pills.

WATCH: (May 2, 2019) Family of Surrey woman killed by police speaks out

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“In the past, my sister would call police, and police would come and take him to hospital,” Din said. “So today my sister called police, but he didn’t want to go.”

Din said his brother barricaded himself in his room and refused to come out when police arrived.

His sister told him and other siblings to come to Maple Ridge from Coquitlam to help translate between their brother and police, he said.

READ MORE: IIO called to South Surrey after distraught man dies following struggle with police

“My sister told police, ‘Don’t do anything, they’re 15 minutes away, they’re on their way,’” Din said. “When we show up, there’s police tape and we can’t go inside.

“They shot him,” he said. “They shot him point blank. They unnecessarily killed someone.”

The victim’s sister, who did not give her name, said she was told to wait outside the home and heard three bangs.

The three officers came outside of the home “about an hour later,” she said, but left the scene before she could talk to them.

WATCH: (Feb. 1, 2019) Report into fatal police-involved shooting outside Vancouver Canadian Tire store

“They lied to me,” she said. “They promised me, ‘we would never shoot your brother, we deal with this all the time,’ and they shot him.”

Neighbours told Global News they saw an officer exit the home shortly after the shots were fired and fall to the ground sobbing.

Neither sibling knew what happened immediately before the shooting or what may have prompted it.

Din said he wants to see police held accountable for what happened.

“We’re heartbroken,” he said. “To have a mentally ill person shot in his own home? It’s terrible.”

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After weekend of violence Hong Kong braces for more protests – Global News

August 11th, 2019

Metro stations in Hong Kong resumed regular service on Monday and streets were being cleaned of debris as the city recovered from another night of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police, with more protests planned this week.

Police fired volleys of tear gas at protesters across the territory on Sunday and staged baton charges in flashpoints in downtown Hong Kong and in working class districts.

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Protesters threw two petrol bombs, which police said injured an officer, and used flash-mob strategy, withdrawing when pressed to reappear elsewhere, to combat police.

READ MORE: Hong Kong protesters and police clash across city with renewed tactics

At one stage police stormed some underground train stations, firing tear gas and arresting protesters.

The protests blocked multiple roads in key commercial and shopping districts and shuttered public facilities across the Asian financial hub.

Protesters are expected to gather at the city’s international airport for a fourth day in a row on Monday and plan to rally outside police headquarters on Monday night.

WATCH: Protesters sing as they stage another sit-in at Hong Kong airport

The increasingly violent protests since June have emerged as Hong Kong’s most serious crisis in decades and become one of the biggest challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012.

What began as opposition to a proposed bill to allow people to be extradited to mainland China to stand trial in Communist Party-controlled courts has evolved into calls for greater democracy in Hong Kong.

READ MORE: Protesters march in Hong Kong in defiance of police ban in 9th week of demonstrations

Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the “one country, two systems” arrangement enshrining some autonomy for Hong Kong when China took it back in 1997. They are calling on the government to listen to public demands particularly an independent investigation into the handling of the protests.

Beijing says criminals and agitators are stirring violence, encouraged by “interfering” foreign powers including Britain, but the protests seem to enjoy broad support in the city of more than 7 million people.

WATCH: Tear gas scatters protesters outside Hong Kong metro station

North Korea said late on Sunday it fully supports China on the situation in Hong Kong, which it also said was caused by “foreign forces” interfering in an internal affairs of China to encroach on the security and order of the Chinese city.

China is the main diplomatic ally and economic benefactor of isolated North Korea, which has been under international sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

READ MORE: China waits out Hong Kong protests, but backlash looms

No country, entity or individual should be allowed to “destroy the sovereignty and security of China and ‘one country and two systems’ as Hong Kong is Hong Kong of China,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said in comments carried by the official KCNA news agency.

Police have arrested more than 600 people since the protests started more than two months ago.

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Teen Choice Awards Winners List: ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘Riverdale’ Take Top Prizes – Deadline

August 11th, 2019

The 2019 Teen Choice Awards handed out coveted trophy surfboards on Sunday night. More than 55 million votes from teens came in to support their favorite teen icons in film, television, music, sports, fashion, comedy and the web. Disney and Marvel dominated the film side with Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin and Spider-man: Far From Home winning top honors while Riverdale and Shadowhunters won for television.

Hosted by Lucy Hale and David Dobrik, the ceremony aired live on Fox from Hermosa Beach, Calif. Other big winners of the evening included Crazy Rich Asians, The Perfect Date the drama After as well as Supernatural and Stranger Things.

The event featured performances by OneRepublic; Blanco Brown; Mabel; Monsta X; CNCO; Jordan McGraw, with special guest Sarah Hyland; Johnny Orlando; Jacob Sartorius; Zhavia; and Hayden Summerall.

Read the full list of winners below.


Choice Action Movie
“Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Action Movie Actor
Robert Downey Jr. – “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Action Movie Actress
Scarlett Johansson – “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actor
Will Smith – “Aladdin”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie Actress
Naomi Scott – “Aladdin”

Choice Drama Movie

Choice Drama Movie Actor
Hero Fiennes Tiffin – “After”

Choice Drama Movie Actress
Josephine Langford – “After”

Choice Comedy Movie
“Crazy Rich Asians”

Choice Comedy Movie Actor
Noah Centineo – “The Perfect Date”

Choice Comedy Movie Actress
Laura Marano – “The Perfect Date”

Choice Movie Villain
Josh Brolin – “Avengers: Endgame”

Choice Summer Movie
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Choice Summer Movie Actor
Tom Holland – “Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Choice Summer Movie Actress
Zendaya – “Spider-Man: Far From Home”


Choice Drama TV Show

Choice Drama TV Actor
Cole Sprouse – “Riverdale”

Choice Drama TV Actress
Lili Reinhart – “Riverdale”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Jared Padalecki – “Supernatural”

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Katherine McNamara – “Shadowhunters”

Choice Action TV Show

Choice Action TV Actor
Stephen Amell – “Arrow”

Choice Action TV Actress
Gabrielle Union – “L.A.’s Finest”

Choice Comedy TV Show
“The Big Bang Theory”

Choice Comedy TV Actor
Jaime Camil – “Jane the Virgin”

Choice Comedy TV Actress
Nina Dobrev – “Fam”

Choice TV Villain
Cameron Monaghan – “Gotham”

Choice Reality TV Show
“America’s Got Talent”

Choice Throwback TV Show

Choice Summer TV Show
“Stranger Things”

Choice Summer TV Actor
Noah Schnapp – “Stranger Things”

Choice Summer TV Actress
Millie Bobby Brown – “Stranger Things”


Choice Male Artist
Shawn Mendes

Choice Female Artist
Billie Eilish

Choice Music Group
Why Don’t We

Choice Country Artist
Dan + Shay

Choice Latin Artist

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist
Cardi B

Choice Rock Artist
Panic! At The Disco

Choice Song: Female Artist
Lauren Jauregui – “Expectations”

Choice Song: Male Artist
Louis Tomlinson – “Two of Us”

Choice Song: Group

Choice Pop Song
Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”

Choice Country Song
Dan + Shay – “Speechless”

Choice Electronic/Dance Song
Ellie Goulding, Diplo, & Red Velvet – “Close to Me (Red Velvet Remix)”

Choice Latin Song
CNCO – “Pretend”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song
Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – “Old Town Road [Remix]”

Choice Rock Song
Panic! At The Disco – “Hey Look Ma, I Made It”

Choice Breakout Artist
Billie Eilish

Choice International Artist

Choice Collaboration
BTS (feat. Halsey) – “Boy With Luv”

Choice Summer Song
“Señorita” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

Choice Summer Female Artist

Choice Summer Male Artist
Shawn Mendes

Choice Summer Group
Jonas Brothers

Choice Summer Tour
BTS – “BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour”

Choice Song From A Movie
“A Whole New World” (End Title) (from “Aladdin”) – ZAYN & Zhavia Ward

Choice Ship
Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse – “Riverdale”

Choice Comedian
Ethan & Grayson Dolan

Choice Male Athlete
Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete
Serena Williams


Choice Female Web Star
Emma Chamberlain

Choice Male Web Star
David Dobrik

Choice Comedy Web Star
The Dolan Twins

Choice Social Star
Noah Centineo

Choice Fashion/Beauty Web Star
Hannah Meloche

Choice Gamer

Choice YouTuber
Sam and Colby

Choice Fandom

Choice Music Web Star
Annie LeBlanc

Teen Choice Take Note Award – Presented by Crayola
Kayva Kopparapu
Sebastian and Brandon Martinez
Marsai Martin
Leon “Kida” Burns (Kida the Great)
Celai West
Braxton Moral
Mari Copeny
Logan Guleff


IIO investigating after police shoot mentally ill man in Maple Ridge – CTV News

August 11th, 2019

Ian Holliday, CTV News Vancouver
Published Sunday, August 11, 2019 4:27PM PDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:45PM PDT

B.C.’s police watchdog says it is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Maple Ridge.

The Independent Investigations Office confirmed on Twitter Sunday afternoon that it is investigating a shooting involving police in “Ridge Meadows.”

The incident took place in Maple Ridge, at a home near the intersection of 124 Avenue and Colemore Street. A large police presence could be seen at the scene.

What exactly transpired between the arrival of police officers and the shooting is unclear. Neither Ridge Meadows RCMP nor the IIO had commented on the specifics of the case as of Sunday night.

Thant Din told CTV News three members of his family lived in the home. One of them, his 54-year-old brother Kyaw Din — who he said went by the name John — was shot and killed by police officers on Sunday, Din said.

He said his brother had a mental illness that often left him in and out of hospital. Sometimes, he said, his brother would stop taking his medication. When that happened, his sister — who also lives in the Maple Ridge home — would call police to have him taken to hospital.

On Sunday, Din said, his brother didn’t want to go with police when they arrived. According to Din, his sister asked officers to wait for other family members and a translator to arrive.

Din’s sister Yin Yin told reporters she met with police when they first got to the home.

“They asked me if my brother has a gun,” she said. “He doesn’t have a gun. He doesn’t have a knife. He’s just in the room and I told the police he has a glass bottle that he might throw at you. I don’t want you to get hurt and I don’t want the police to shoot my brother.”

She said police reassured her that they wouldn’t hurt him, but she was still worried.

“Police said, ‘We would never shoot your brother. We deal with this kind of thing all the time,'” she said.

And yet, she says three gunshots rang out almost immediately when police went into her brother’s room.

“For no reason, they shot him,” she said. “Can you imagine? Brother was doing housework in the morning and now he is dead.”

Thant Din told CTV News his brother was sometimes loud and confrontational when not taking his medicine, but he said Kyaw never became violent.

“He never hit anybody,” Din said. “He might be screaming and yelling, but he never hit anybody.”

The IIO is a civilian oversight board tasked with investigating incidents involving police officers in British Columbia that result in death or serious injury. 

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2019 WWE SummerSlam results, recap, grades: Seth Rollins, Brock Lesnar close card in epic fashion – CBS Sports

August 11th, 2019

The self-proclaimed “biggest party of the summer” invaded Toronto on Sunday as WWE unveiled the 32nd annual SummerSlam card on a night that was very much a mixed bag. While WWE certainly sent the sold-out crowd inside Scotiabank Arena home happy with a dramatic and exciting main event, the remainder of the card was either hit or miss, depending on your preference.

For this viewer, it was plainly too safe overall in terms of booking for a show that represents the company’s second biggest pay-per-view of the year. In the end, seven titles were competed for over 12 matches on Sunday, and only one changed hands — in the main event of the show. CBS Sports was with you the entire way Sunday updating this story with detailed results with analysis and grades along with live highlights at the bottom of the post.

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2019 WWE SummerSlam results, grades

Cruiserweight Championship — Drew Gulak (c) def. Oney Lorcan via pinfall to retain the title (Kickoff Show): In a short and unspectacular match, Gulak punched Lorcan in the throat with the official’s back turned and followed with his Cyclone Crash finisher for the 1-2-3. Grade: D

Buddy Murphy def. Apollo Crews via disqualification (Kickoff Show): Good use of storyline continuity here as Rowan brought an end to a decent start to the match by running in and attacking Murphy outside the ring. The DQ was forced in response to Murphy telling Roman Reigns on Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown that it was Rowan who attempted to crush him with a lighting rig the week before. Rowan continued to beat Murphy down as Daniel Bryan watched on a backstage monitor. After being stomped and floored with a running tackle, Murphy was power bombed into the ring post by Rowan and told, “Keep my name out of your mouth.” Grade: C+

Edge returns to silence Elias: Sitting in the ring with his guitar, Elias played a song filled with lyrics about his disgust for the city of Toronto. Out came WWE Hall of Famer and Ontario native Edge to a huge pop. Edge entered the ring, made a weird face and dropped Elias with his patented spear.

Women’s Tag Team Championship — Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (c) def. The IIconics via pinfall to retain the titles (Kickoff Show): Added to the card just hours before the kickoff show began, this title rematch failed to produce anything close to a big-match feel, in part because of some in-ring sloppiness. Bliss, whose ring gear served as a nod to “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear, laid out Peyton Royce with a right hand late in the match before hitting her Twisted Bliss finisher as Cross took care of Billie Kay outside the ring. Grade: C-

Raw Women’s Championship — Becky Lynch (c) def. Natalya via submission to retain the title (Submission Match): Good little piece of business here to begin the main card as the two competitors succeeded in getting the crowd invested emotionally. The intensity that helped make the build so good certainly carried over into the match. Although the Canadian crowd was pro-Natalya to start, Lynch won them over after applying the Sharpshooter on Natalya who countered soon after by putting Lynch in the Dis-Arm-Her. Natalya locked in her own Sharpshooter moments later and held it for an extended period of time until Lynch eventually reversed it into the Dis-Arm-Her to produce a tap that popped the crowd. Grade: B

Goldberg def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall: Unless you’re a die-hard mark for the legendary Goldberg, this match was a gratuitous piece of predictable pointlessness. The build was rushed and confusing after Shawn Michaels was teased and The Miz was eventually announced as Ziggler’s opponent only for Goldberg to be inserted late. Ziggler cut an obnoxious pre-match promo calling himself “the best damn thing to happen to pro wrestling” and nearly surprised Goldberg with a sneaky superkick off the opening bell that produced a two count. Everything from there on out was straight out of the Goldberg squash playbook as Ziggler hit a second kick but got a one count, eating a stiff spear and a Jackhammer in succession for the pin. From there, things only got more pointless as twice a beaten down Ziggler grabbed the microphone to disparage Goldberg only for the Hall of Famer to return to the ring (once after leaving through the TitanTron area) and flatten Ziggler once again with spears. It’s possible this was booked as a make-good for Goldberg, who turned in a sloppy and forgettable main event performance in Saudi Arabia against The Undertaker a few months out. If so, it’s a shame Ziggler’s character needed to job out so badly for it. Grade: D

“Drake” pumps up New Day: Xavier Woods and Big E told Kofi Kingston they had a great surprise for him and introduced Toronto’s own, Drake. But of course, it was Drake Maverick who showed up dressed like the hip-hop star. Maverick said he was told R-Truth would be there, made a couple jokes and then left as Kingston got pumped up for his WWE championship match against Randy Orton. Before the ensuing match, R-Truth and Carmella were dressed up as a foreign commentary team, but they disappeared before Maverick could find them.

United States Championship — AJ Styles (c) def. Ricochet via pinfall to retain the title: With a finish this good, it’s a shame these two weren’t given more time to deliver a proper classic. Clad in a full-length superhero bodysuit, Ricochet provided the expected amount of death-defying athleticism and complimentary in-ring chemistry opposite Styles. Ricochet launched from the ring apron and used the shoulders of The OC as steps before hitting Styles with a hurricanrana on the floor. While selling an injured left leg, Ricochet also hit a beautiful springboard elbow from the top rope for a near fall. But despite succeeding in fighting off the efforts to interfere from Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, the heel tandem caused enough of a delay on their final distraction attempt to have a hand in the finish. Ricochet attempted a Phoenix Splash off the top rope and was caught in mid-air and reversed into a Styles Clash in an incredible spot to finish the match. Afterwards, Styles urged on The OC to hit the Magic Killer on Ricochet. Grade: B+

SmackDown Women’s Championship — Bayley (c) def. Ember Moon via pinfall to retain the title: The lack of crowd interest made this feel more like a match on weekly television than a PPV title bout. Unfortunately, the performance of both competitors wasn’t enough to change that reality. Moon held the upper hand for the majority of the second half, hitting a hurricanrana off the top rope for the first of there near falls. But Bayley was able to put the match away with a Bayley-to-Belly suplex from the second rope that wasn’t enough to wake up the silent crowd. Grade: C-

Kevin Owens def. Shane McMahon via pinfall: The stipulation entering the match was that Owens must quit WWE if he lost to McMahon. Elias served as ringside enforcer, as announced by McMahon, and what followed was a collection of WWE’s most predictable booking practices as Owens fought off constant interference that cost him pin attempts and nearly saw him counted out a handful of times. KO appeared to have the match won after he ducked a punch attempt from McMahon that knocked Elias off the apron. He landed a flipping senton from one top rope on McMahon before hitting a frog splash from another until Elias pulled the referee out to avoid the pin. KO took out both Elias and the referee with a running senton outside. After the referee later awoke to see Owens with a chair in his hand, KO waited for the referee to turn his back after taking it before kicking McMahon low and hitting a stunner for the pin. Grade: C+

Charlotte Flair def. Trish Stratus via submission: It took a long time for these female legends of yesteryear and today to get the crowd to buy in to what they were doing, but once they did, there was no shortage of drama and intensity. In what could be called a passing of the torch (or the female version of The Rock-Hulk Hogan from WrestleMania 18 in the same city), the two performers certainly sold out physically to make the most of the match as Stratus rallied from a long beating to eventually put Flair in trouble by applying her own Figure Eight leg lock. A bevy of near falls helped fuel the turnaround late in the match as the 43-year-old Stratus did well to keep up with Flair. Stratus came close to rewarding her home fans in Toronto by hitting both Stratusfaction and a Chick Kick for separate two counts until Flair put the match away with the tap out. Grade: B

WWE Championship — Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton ends in a double countout: There’s nothing like awful booking to spoil what could have been a fun match. Kingston and Orton had their moments in this one and seemed to be building momentum until a double countout finish, spurred on by Orton talking trash to Kingston’s kids at ringside. That finish was simply unacceptable (and a complete rehash of the AJ Styles-Samoa Joe match at SummerSlam from one year ago). The fact that Kingston flashed a quasi-heel turn in reaction to Orton’s treatment of his children — by grabbing a kendo stick and beating him in the center of the ring — failed in getting much of a reaction from a crowd still chanting “bullshit” in regards to the ending. Orton appeared to have the match won late when he intercepted a top rope splash attempt by Kingston and caught him in an RKO. But as Orton took his time laughing on the canvas, Kingston deftly rolled out of the ring to set up the finish. Grade: C-

“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt def. Finn Balor via pinfall: The in-ring debut of Wyatt’s new persona, The Fiend, saw him enter to a Marilyn Manson-like remixed theme song against Balor (who was aptly dressed in all white to perfectly contrast Wyatt’s sadistic evil). It also saw Wyatt get the booking he deserved complete with some strong character development. Wyatt violently snapped Balor’s neck with his hands before hitting a uranage. He then set up for Sister Abigail until he appeared to look conflicted following a change of heart. Balor used the opening to rally before succumbing to a pinfall via mandible claw that left him decimated. The lights went out and Wyatt disappeared, putting the proper ribbon on a strong debut match (and even better entrance) for his new character. Grade: B+

Universal Championship — Seth Rollins def. Brock Lesnar (c) via pinfall: In a better match than expected following a deridingly vanilla build, Rollins captured the crowd’s adoration with a gutsy and dramatic performance. Nursing a rib injury coming into the match, Rollins overcame an early beating and a plethora of German suplexes to work his way back into an excitingly physical match against an inspired Lesnar. In the end, he also slayed “The Beast” cleanly for the second time in four months in this rematch from WrestleMania. This time, Rollins didn’t need to rely on illegal tactics like low blows to do the impossible as the story of his mid-match comeback was well told.

Although Rollins struggled as a babyface in terms of delivering believable promos in recent weeks, he nailed his performance in this match from the standpoint of delivering fire and passion. He also hit the spot of the match when he leaped off the top rope to frog splash Lesnar through the announce table. After another frog splash inside the ring, Lesnar went on to kick out of a stomp attempt until Rollins reversed out of an F5 and hit a super kick and a second stomp for the 1-2-3. In the end, WWE deserves criticism for how basic the handling of this feud was from Lesnar cashing in his Money in the Bank contract to a handful of carbon-copy attacks from both. But they hit a good high note in this one, even if smart fans exited the broadcast perplexed that the Roman Reigns-Daniel Bryan angle came and went on Sunday without anything more than a kickoff show tease. Grade: B+

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Compromised speakers can be forced to play tones so loud that the speakers start to melt – Boing Boing

August 11th, 2019

Compromised speakers can be forced to play tones so loud that the speakers start to melt  Boing Boing

Security research Matt Wixey from PWC UK tried putting different kinds of consumer speakers — noise canceling headphones, smart speakers, parametric …

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Succession season 2 premiere: 4 winners and 4 losers from “The Summer Palace” –

August 11th, 2019

Something smells rotten inside the Roy family’s palatial summer estate as the second season of Succession begins.

The Roys have retreated to the home in the wake of the devastating series of events that bound them ever more tightly together at the end of season one. They might all hate each other, but there are several wild cards in the mix that any one of them could play at any time to take out any other member of the family. Everything from the dark and murky records of horrible occurrences on board the family company’s cruise ships to former golden boy Kendall’s role in the death of a hapless waiter in the season finale could be thrown down on the table with great flourish at any time.

But it’s not the stench of all those secrets that’s haunting Succession’s characters. No, it’s a bunch of dead raccoons in the chimney, decaying and crawling with maggots. When patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) sees the horrific sight, he insists that all of the expensive food the family brought with them be thrown out. Lobsters and shrimp and steaks are chucked in the trash, and the family orders pizza.

And although the home is a summer residence, the episode (named “The Summer Palace,” naturally) takes place in the eerie cold of winter, underlining the sense that this family is out of time and out of place, but there’s really nothing that can be done to dislodge them. The Roys rule from their palace, and everyone else must bend around them.

That probably makes Succession sound like a super-depressing show to watch in an age when the rich just get richer, but trust me, we’re having a great time here. What makes it bearable is that the Roys are half-formed people who keep throwing themselves at each other in hopes that the resulting conflict will suddenly make them become human beings, never quite realizing that what’s holding them back is the staggering amount of wealth they possess, wealth they will never give up.

So who was winning and losing that fight this week? Well, we have some great contenders, starting with…

Winner: Shiv Roy

Logan and Shiv cut a deal.
Shiv is the hero the Roy family needs, but maybe not the one they deserve.

The first time we see Shiv (Sarah Snook) in season two, she’s on what appears to be a very expensive honeymoon, traveling aboard a sleek, jet-black yacht. The next time we see her, she’s all over the opening credits, which have been subtly retooled for season two to focus much less on Kendall, her older brother, and much more on her.

Does this mean we’re getting a Shiv Season? Sure seems like it! (I also submit that Succession will thus have a season for each Roy sibling, and I’m really not looking forward to the Connor season.)

We heard a lot of chatter in season one that Shiv was old man Logan’s favorite, but we didn’t see a ton of evidence to support this fact. Yet we get oodles of it in “The Summer Palace,” when Logan tells his only daughter that she’s his choice to succeed him as CEO. He has to play a whole bunch of mind games to get her to accept, because that’s just his way, but she eventually accepts nonetheless.

She might be the youngest of his four kids, and she might have the least relevant experience and she might be a political liberal (at least in the vague sense of all rich liberals). But she’s the one Roy kid who has mostly kept her nose clean and who is least tainted by the association with her father’s name. And even if she’s still working on the presidential campaign of a senator who’s taken direct aim at Logan Roy and all he stands for, that might make her an even better choice to head up Waystar-Royco when Logan is finally ready to step down (or when he dies).

Is Logan telling Shiv the truth here? Or is this just another mind game? I’m inclined to say that he is telling the truth, but let’s be honest — he could change his mind in an instant. But even if it’s a mind game designed to keep Shiv close to him when she might otherwise be pulling away, the fact that nobody else in the family knows what he’s told Shiv adds yet another gigantic secret that could blow up at any time. It’s delicious setup for the season to come, and it ably suggests we are now in The Season of the Shiv.

Winner: Shiv’s hair

Look, I can’t believe she went and got the power cut mere days after her wedding either, but maybe she was just sick of the longer locks and wanted them chopped off. Just look at this ‘do! I had to stop myself from turning this entire article into praise for her hair.

Shiv’s hair is looking really great.
Shiv’s! Hair!

Losers: Kendall and Roman

The opening 10 minutes of season two are a long sequence of Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong) being summoned from his detox efforts, so he can go on TV and tell everybody how wrong he was to back a corporate play against his father at the end of season one. Kendall was the face of that play, but after a car accident led to the death of a waiter and Kendall scuttled away (very Chappaquiddick), he was thrust back into his father’s embrace.

All of this is to say that when season two opens, Kendall looks like shit. He’s gaunt and pale, with dark circles under his eyes, and as we’re reintroduced to Succession’s other characters — who are all watching him and mocking him on TV — they’re happy to admit he looks like shit, too. Kendall, who in season one seemed like the confident, business-savvy guy who could take his father’s company into the future, is as low as he’s ever been. Is it any wonder he’s fallen so hard off the wagon that he’s asking Cousin Greg to procure drugs for him? (Cousin Greg does a terrible job.)

Such a scenario would typically be Roman’s time to shine, as the other son heavily involved in Waystar-Royco, but with Logan’s attention turned toward Shiv, Roman (the oily Kieran Culkin, who is so good at finding unusual physicality to add to all of his scenes) is stuck working as co-COO with Kendall, with the two trying to turn the company into the kind of legacy media behemoth that might survive the tech onslaught.

And even if Roman isn’t at as low of an ebb as his brother, it’s clear that on some level, he has no idea what the company’s future should be. Logan, that blustering bear of a staunch conservative, wants to fight the future. Roman wants to heavily deinvest from everything but the news and play the stocks. That approach couldn’t be any further off his father’s core desires.

(If you’re a play-along-at-home type when it comes to Succession‘s parallels to the very real Murdochs, it’s worth noting that a version of Roman’s plan — pull the family out of everything that’s not news and sports — is what the Murdochs really do seem to be doing.)

Loser: Gerri

Everybody treats Gerri, Waystar-Royco’s general counsel, like they can take her for granted, and… honestly, they probably can. (She even tags along on the family getaway. Yes, that’s because the point of the getaway is ostensibly to strategize for the war against the hostile takeover. But she probably has other things she’d rather be doing!) Still, she’s so funny, and I feel bad every time someone all but tells her to eat shit.

Fortunately for all of us, J. Smith-Cameron was promoted to a series regular this season, so I think there will be much more Gerri to come. Hooray!

Loser (thinks he’s a winner): Tom Wambsgans

Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) is just so happy with the current state of his life, now that he’s married to Shiv and climbing the Waystar corporate ladder, that he can overlook the whole way she renegotiated herself into an open marriage on their wedding night (not precisely what Tom might have preferred) and the way that he is almost certainly going to find himself the dead weight she sheds in a few years.

Similarly, his new job in TV news is exactly the sort of thing that seems great right now but will probably become an albatross as TV news further deteriorates. Tom, like so many other members of this family, is tied to a way of life that’s dead or dying, but he can’t escape it because everything he has is now tied up in it. Wheeeee!

So Tom Wambsgans doesn’t care about the whole “dead or dying” thing. Everything’s coming up Tom! He’s gonna be working in TV news! He’s married to the woman of his dreams! Everything is great!

Winner (who thinks he’s a loser): Logan Roy

Logan gives Kendall a shoulder squeeze.
Logan tries to comfort his son. It goes about as well as you’d expect.

Considering the pilot of this series ended with a health scare for Logan Roy, one that very well may have claimed his life, and considering that the episodes following said health scare were all about his children scrambling to get to the top of the heap to succeed him, it’s kind of remarkable how much more this man has cemented his power in just 11 episodes.

There are still reminders that he is a very old man who is on the mend from a near-fatal health scare, but for the most part, he’s terrorizing his children and any contractors who have the misfortune of working for him.

And yet I don’t know if Logan would term himself a winner. It’s clear that what he wants most of all is to never be questioned and always be feared, but also somehow have those two things be compatible with unconditional love. He’s a kind of Old Testament god, raining fury down on everybody around him and sulking when he’s not given the gratitude he thinks he deserves. It’s a toxic combination that makes him perhaps the most dangerous ticking time bomb of all.

Loser: Anybody who doesn’t have as much money as the Roys

Succession typically doesn’t make a big deal of all of the working folks who make the Roy family’s lives run as smoothly as possible, but every so often, we see glimpses of them. In this episode, those glimpses take the form of a montage featuring workers getting the summer palace clean and shiny for an unexpected visit from the family, and throughout the Roys’ visit, director Mark Mylod makes sure to include occasional sightings of these workers in various shots.

They are the unseen force behind everything, who will never be paid what they’re worth, and the show’s inclusion of them is pointed. Here are all of the men and women, mostly of color, who let this family indulge their every petty wish and whim. The world bends itself to the Roys’ desires because these people make sure that it does. But the Roys believe themselves to exist in a vacuum, without the benefit of outside help. So it has always gone for the rich.

The Roys have enough money to be able to pay for their every material need to be met. But that also means they have more time to stew over perceived slights. When those raccoons turn up in the fireplace, Logan takes it out on the contractor who fixed up the house, accusing him of planting the dead animals as a statement of some sort on the Roy family legacy.

And then Logan refuses to pay, on a job the contractor estimates at $300,000. That’s chump change for Logan, but for everybody else, it’s the difference between solvency and bankruptcy. It’s a nightmare that is tossed off casually, in the middle of a much larger story.

That Succession centers on the Roys and not those they crush really bugs some people, who wish it were more forthright in its criticisms of unchecked wealth. But that’s what I like about the show. It celebrates wealth in the way American pop culture always has — but it also always understands who’s being flattened beneath the family’s boots. It’s a dark, yet beautiful, vision of the world.

Speaking of which…

Winner: America

Because Succession is back, baby! This show is so good, right? What a great premiere, huh?


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“A sweaty corpse.”

“An unshaven candle.”

“Neutered hound dog.”

“Elvis on a toilet.”

Yeah, as his siblings and colleagues don’t hesitate to declare, Kendall (Jeremy Strong) is not looking so good these days. You can’t blame him. It was only a few days ago that his addiction led to the death of an innocent kid. It was only a few days ago that Logan (Brian Cox) used it to ensure his son bail on his plan to wrest away control of Waystar. It was only a few days ago that Kendall’s father actually acted like a father. All it took was fealty, induced by equal parts fear, blackmail, and, of course, a deep, abiding need.


The episode begins with a moment of rest. Kendall, in rehab, sits in a spring, eyes closed. Within mere seconds, he’s being beckoned. Even without Kendall, Stewy (Arian Moayed) and Sandy (Larry Pine) have gone public with their takeover, and, to ensure the stock price doesn’t completely plummet, Kendall’s been summoned away from rehab to do damage control. He must make “a public and personal declaration of withdrawal.” Kendall, who makes it clear he’s far from clean, is told he has no choice. “If my dad wants me to do it, I’ll do it,” he says. His nose bleeds. He sweats. He delivers his talking points anyway. “I saw their plan, but Dad’s plan was better,” he tells an anchor at PGM. “Ladies and gentlemen, the first fucking thing my son’s ever done right in his life,” Logan declares. There will be no more rest, I’d guess, for Kendall this season. He’s flown back to New York. Logan has questions, Kendall’s sobriety be damned.


Kendall’s perspective, after all, is necessary for Logan, who knows that the bear hug could succeed even without his son’s influence. Enter Danny Huston’s banker, who lays out all the cards for Logan: “Culturally, structurally, and financially, you’re in the toilet,” he warns. “There’s blood in the water, your price is edging down, and tech is coming. Tech is here. Tech has its hands around your throat.” He says sell. Logan takes the note, and organizes a gathering at the Roy’s oddly stinky “Summer Palace” to discuss the future. The possibility of a sale hangs in the air.

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There, no one but Logan and Marcia (Hiam Abbass) seem happy to see Kendall. Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Roman (Kieran Culkin) see him as an empty vessel, a traitor gutted by hubris and humiliation. “You realize how fucked you’re going to be once you’re no longer of any use to him,” Shiv says. He just repeats the line he was fed: “I saw their plan, but Dad’s was better.” Consider their surprise, then, when Logan appoints Kendall a co-COO alongside Roman.

In my previous reviews, I echoed Shiv and Roman’s appraisals: Kendall is finished. His story had a natural endpoint, and to keep him around in a major role would be unnecessary. I have to say, though, I like what they’re doing here. As we see here—and in subsequent episodes that we’ll discuss in the coming weeks—Kendall is content to serve as an outgrowth of Logan, a blunt instrument. As his payment, he gets a father who speaks with him, invites him into the inner sanctum, touches his shoulder tenderly. He gets a father. Logan can only be one, after all, once he knows you pose no threat. Kendall’s secret is Logan’s weapon, but at least now they can be a family. Or something like one.


That said, Logan doesn’t want a yes man as his successor. Impressed, no doubt, by the way she navigated the Gil Eavis situation last season, he coaxes ideas out of her, ones that, despite her having pursued her own career in the political realm, reveal she’s been thinking about this for a long time. We knew that to a degree last season, when Shiv pointedly asked Logan why he “tried out” Kendall and Roman before her. Here, though, tears brim in her eyes when he tells her, “You are the one,” threatening to sell if she doesn’t step up. Snook, a reservoir of restrained exuberance, breaks my heart: “Why did you never ask me?” As played, it’s a question that’s been boiling in the ventricles of her heart for years.

J. Smith Cameron and Kieran Culkin
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Her integration, though, is going to set up its own complications. Roman, it appears, wants to get serious about taking power, outlining a vision that doubles down on scooping up news outlets and “playing the markets” with everything else. Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), meanwhile, has been urging her to lobby for his own ascent to power. He gets one—the new chair of global broadcast news—but how’s he going to take it once his wife becomes his boss? And what of Gil (Eric Bogosian)? How would he feel about his campaign strategist taking the reins of the object of his fury?

One wonders, though, how Shiv’s vision for the company will ultimately align with Logan. He didn’t blink when she said she wanted to ditch news and papers and expand in parks, which is odd considering last season he said he wanted to be Proctor & Gamble of news. More on that to come, I suppose.


Kendall, meanwhile, haunts the fringes like a ghost. He’s still using and seems to be increasingly lonely—he sold his house because it “smelled of Rava”—traits that position him as something of a wild card. The episode ends with Kendall cementing his opposition to Stewy and Sandy, telling them that he and his father intend to fight them every step of the way. “Maybe you’ll kill him, but if you don’t he aims to kill you,” he says, his voice cold and emotionless. “He will go bankrupt or go to jail before he lets you beat him. He will kill you on the business and if that doesn’t work he will send people around. He will send men to kill your pets and fuck your wives and it will never be over.”

Welcome to Succession’s second season!

Stray observations

  • Glad to be here with weekly recaps! Just about every frame of this show has something to discuss and I’ll never touch on all of it so I hope you guys touch on what I don’t in the comments.
  • Colin (Scott Nicholson) coldly explaining the aftermath of the crash to Kendall is a chilling scene. You can practically see Kendall willing a callous over his heart as Colin explains how the kid was still alive underwater. Kendall could’ve saved him. Still, it looks like he’s in the clear: “There’s no indication of another individual.”
  • Before the accident, Kendall dished to Stewy and Sandy’s PR people about Logan, telling them his medication, as well as his ill-timed pissings and that deeply unpleasant smack to Iverson’s face. That will no doubt be put to use as the battle unfolds.
  • Greg (Nicholas Braun) insisting he had a “connection” before revealing he just bought cocaine off of a guy in the park was hilarious. “Park coke,” Kendall laments. “If my septum falls out I’m going to make you eat my septum.”
  • Connor (Alan Ruck) is still interested the presidency it seems. For now, though, he’s still into Napoleon, being on the verge of purchasing some of the general’s letters and, oh yeah, his preserved penis. “It’s obviously not an item of interest to serious scholars, but as a curio, sure,” he says.
  • Willa thinks selling the company “seems cool.”
  • Didn’t get a chance to elaborate on Roman much above, but he and Gerri (J. Smith Cameron) are in Japan dealing with the aftermath of the satellite explosion. Last we heard, nobody died, but an investigation is nevertheless underway into the origins of the accident. Roman’s not out of the woods yet.
  • Roman on Kendall: “He just walked around the New York Stock Exchange with a severed dick in his hand, asking if it was good for free soup.”
  • Roman on Kendall, pt. 2: “He’s like a sex robot for Dad to fuck.”
  • Still, the funniest moment of the episode to me was Logan demanding all the expensive food prepared for the meeting be thrown out. “It sat around in the stink!”