Sunday, May 14, 2017

What I’m Watching: Billions (Season Finale)

Billions: Season 2, Episode 12 “Ball in Hand” (B+)

That scene at the very end of this episode perfectly encapsulates everything that happened up until this moment since the show started. Axe feels no remorse for what he’s done, and in fact isn’t really even worried about spending time behind bars after his oh-so-intellectual advice from Dollar Bill about what to do as it relates to your stomach before being arrested. And Chuck is fully aware that he’s likely to experience more career fallout than Axe as a result, but he’s fine with it, emphasizing that it’s all been worth it since he got to take Axe down with him. Ira was understandably furious at Chuck, and even though he’s going to recover, there’s no way he’ll ever forgive him. Chuck Sr.’s parting words for his son were particularly harsh and equally fitting. Somehow, Wendy isn’t all that upset, and she was there just as Axe got arrested, hugging him and telling him that it would all be okay. It is extremely interesting to see the triumvirate of Wags, Taylor, and Wendy taking the reins without missing a beat at Axe Capital, with Dollar Bill offering surprising loyalty and deference to Taylor’s proven expertise. Lara hiring Orrin as her lawyer showed where her priorities are, and Axe is not going to find a friendly home waiting for him when he gets released. With all the other shows I watch being cancelled recently, I’m glad to see that this one will be back again, having been renewed for a third season way back in March. I look forward to its return.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Damian Lewis as Axe

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