Friday, April 22, 2016

What I’m Watching: Billions (Season Finale)

Billions: Season 1, Episode 12 “The Conversation” (B+)

It did not take long at all for things to implode in the wake of Chuck’s betrayal of Wendy’s trust. Chuck should realize just how obvious it is that he is using his minions as puppets, and the look on Brian’s face when he heard about the tip Lonnie got said so much. Chuck pushing ahead so aggressively by feeding the information to Lonnie enabled Axe to get wind of it immediately, and he struck right away rather than let Wendy squirm not knowing that he was fully aware of what she had done. Recording her husband’s confession of his actions and playing it for Axe was a bold move, but one that paid off very well, as it got her pardoned and enabled her to leave her job with a $5 million dollar bonus in the bank. She was livid when she realized what Chuck had done, and he did a very poor job of defending himself, with his most hurtful argument being that Wendy was a criminal. Somehow, all of this and the fear that Axe was headed for certain arrest only motivated him to be more effective in retaining clients, ditching his buttoned-up routine and buying casual clothes to really be personal himself. I was pretty surprised that Chuck showed up in person to taunt Axe, and he’s essentially declared war on him, telling him that the only thing holding him back was Wendy, and now that she’s left him, he’s pulling out all the big guns. This has been a fantastic first season, and I’m very eager to see where season two goes.

Season grade: A-
Season MVP: Giamatti and Lewis

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