‘Billion’ Reviewer: Season 6 Back to Original Formula, No Axe to Sharpen

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The Showtime episode dropped one of its protagonists, basically hit the reset button, and went back to its outline, pitting an aggressive prosecutor against an equally combative billionaire financier. However, Season 6 also highlighted a focus on the billionaire class as a whole, taking a sharper look at income inequality and everything that comes with it.

Damian Lewis’ unexpected exit as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod blows up a hole in the show, which was blown up by Corey Stoll ( Corey Stoll is cleverly filled in as Mike Prince, the competitor effectively outflanking the axe and taking control of his company, sending shockwaves through the organization.

However, Prince’s victory, aided by New York Attorney General Chuck Rhodes (Paul Giamatti), only to betray him, depriving him of the high-profile conviction he craved.

Never one to shy away from fighting, Rhodes naturally begins to fight Prince, and Prince has to go through a process, swallowing a dogged super who adores Axe’s altar and views him with understandable skepticism. Achievers’ company.

These two scenes unravel a whole lot of inherent drama and somehow reinvigorate a show that has frankly become a bit stale. The storytelling suddenly feels more compact, in part due to a return to the backbone of Clash of the Titans.

“Billions” also benefits from the sharpness of its writing, ditching lines that reference films like “Trading Places,” presenting an alpha male take on Harry Chapin’s song “Cats in the Cradle,” and giving Chuck the line , for example, in reference to his public admission that he’s been in a dominant-submissive relationship, “I don’t have any more skeletons in my closet to rattle. Let them try to spit on me.”

The new season has some interesting cameos, one that takes advantage of Prince’s fondness for using basketball philosophies to motivate troops (he’s a big fan of coach John Wooden’s pyramid of success), and another that involves real-life journalist Olivia Nue. Qi, threatening a damaging leak over someone’s head.

After a hot start, the “Billion” star has cooled, eclipsed by “Inheritance,” (rightfully), as the standard-bearer of premium TV’s profiling of the rich and powerful.

However, Rhodes’ campaign against a city run by a “billionaire syndicate” and his bashing of the “rich” provided a hook to move “a billion” from “hold” in five episodes anyway. Return to the “Strong Buy” section.

The sixth season of “Billion” will begin on Showtime on January 23rd at 9pm ET.


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