sistermagpie September 13, 2019 Share September 13, 2019 10 hours ago, scrb said: Roman might be content to lead a sybaritic lifestyle, funded by his inherited wealth. He might be, if he enjoyed sex or had other pleasures -- he boasted about all the pussy he's drowning in but we've seen that's unlikely. Instead he's knocking on Gerri's door when he wants to get off. Connor pretends to not want the job but if he wants to run for president, he could just as well be head of Waystar. Maybe because the family thinks he's kooky and don't have high expectations of him? Connor is the one who said they needed to keep the company in the family's hands because any schmuck could have a few million dollars, indicating that it wasn't enough to be wealthy but they had to do something big with that wealth. That reminds me of something somebody said about the Varsity Blues scandal, that these kids already have enough money that they're guaranteed a good life. If only they (or their parents) hadn't needed to also appear accomplished... It's interesting how it's like Kendall and Shiv are the kids who openly try to be competent--Kendall at the business and Shiv, previously at least, by having a career in politics. Connor and Roman are the kids who clearly try to protect themselves by saying they don't care about that stuff, iow they're not trying and failing to be dad, they're taking themselves out. And yet it almost seems like those are the two who have the most anxiety about so when they do get some opportunity to prove their worth they go completely overboard, like Connor at the dinner ("Just wanted to say sorry about the butter") and Roman with just about everything, including the satellite. They swing back and forth between the two extremes. Both choose lives of leisure but can't really fully commit themselves to it. They need everyone to believe that they're choosing this leisure rather than suspecting they couldn't do stuff if they tried. So it's funny that it's Roman who asks Connor if he doesn't think that he shouldn't go straight from "never done nothing" to the most important job in the world without stopping to get some experience, maybe at a CVS. It's exactly what Roman himself is always trying to do. Both of them sit on the sidelines telling themselves they could totally do this stuff and having wholly unrealistic expectations. Their mistakes at dinner are even similar in contrast to the two other kids. Shiv and Kendall flame out in their own ways, but they're still seen by various Pierces as existing in some significant way, while Connor and Roman are just ridiculous, tossing things off only to have the Pierce casually say something that shows how little they know. 5 minutes ago, scrb said: TBH, I thought Kendall was kind of a douche in the pilot the way he was playing loud hip hop in the back of the limo. Yeah, he's obviously weak. Everybody saw him as a guy trying to pretend he was up to his position and not just a kid whose power came from his dad. He tried to prove otherwise and couldn't, because he's not. I loved it in this ep where Naomi said something like "You're a little nothing, aren't you?" and he said yes. He's looking his limits in the face now and even used that to talk to Naomi. 2 Link to comment
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