Wednesday, April 11, 2018

What I’m Watching: Billions

Billions: Season 3, Episode 3 “A Generation Too Late” (B+)

It’s so interesting to see the values that are guiding the characters on this show and where they fall on the moral scale. Opening the episode with Ira watching as his future wife casually got $280 worth of truffles on her pasta before he told her he couldn’t afford to propose showed just how miserable he had become, which is why he was unexpectedly open to Axe’s proposal of a buyout for way more money than his company was worth in exchange for being decidedly on Axe’s side in the case. Ira held to his deal with Chuck and stopped Ira as soon as he mentioned Chuck’s involvement in illegal activity, whereas Bryan was much more ready to hear what he had to say. I was worried that Bryan was going to drink and do something stupid, and instead he just opted to make an aggressive move against the guys that he knew he didn’t like. Chuck, on the other hand, is facing a moral dilemma of his own, one which is now going to have him truly working to achieve good, a far nobler aim than his self-serving activities prior to this have been. His father was legitimately surprised that he was open with Wendy about what he had done to him, and it’s a wonder that she’s able to handle all these mind-boggling conflicts of interest. Taylor’s hiring process is fascinating, and I particularly enjoyed seeing Will Roland from “Dear Evan Hansen” as one candidate who tried to be way too cocky and ended up without any shot at getting the job.

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