Don’t just watch a movie; understand it. Don’t just hear a song; consider what it has to say. On The Review, writers and guests discuss how we entertain ourselves, and how that defines the way we see the world. Join The Atlantic’s writers as they break down a work of pop culture each week, exploring the big questions that great art can provoke, making some recommendations for you, and having a little fun along the way.
Succession (Season 3 Premiere)
The boar is on the floor. The Greggs are in the Tomelettes. And season 3 of HBO’s Succession is finally here.
Spencer Kornhaber, Shirley Li, and Hannah Giorgis break down the season premiere and unpack the appeal of Succession. What explains the unique obsession for a show about feuding media heirs?
We break down favorite characters, favorite insults, and where we hope the season goes from here, and our critics pick a tiny argument with their colleague.
No Time to Die
James Bond now spans 25 movies, six actors, and six decades—not to mention the books, video games, and imitations. Over the years, the character has evolved from the stoic, womanizing emblem of British empire to Daniel Craig’s emotionally driven interpretation. But with the Craig era ending, where does Bond go from here?
Atlantic staff writers Sophie Gilbert, David Sims, and Shirley Li discuss No Time to Die, as well as Bond’s future and past. The trio also shares their favorite Bond theme songs, why Q is Shirley’s underrated Bond king, and why David considers Bond films “the most influential action movies ever made.”
David Sims, Megan Garber, and Sophie Gilbert examine the unlikely success that is Ted Lasso, and ask what the show’s much-discussed second season has to say about the merits (and the limits) of American optimism. Visit theatlantic.com/thereview for more about the show.
And check out Megan’s pieces on Ted Lasso and on how comedy is reckoning with American decline.
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On The Review, The Atlantic's writers and guests discuss how we entertain ourselves and how that shapes the way we understand the world.
Need more debate among the hosts
I disagreed with much of the analysis of the second season of Ted Lasso. I’m surprised that one of the three commentators didn’t push back or voice an opposing, or at least different, opinion about what the creators were trying to do and how effectively they did it. Would have preferred three hosts with three different sets of insights and opinions.