Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What I’m Watching: Billions (Season Finale)

Billions: Season 3, Episode 12 “Elmsley Count” (B)

Someone I was talking to about this show told me that they were sure this was going to get back to the Chuck-Axe rivalry after all indicators were the opposite, and I certainly didn’t expect to see the hour end with Wendy, Chuck, and Axe sitting together drinking wine and strategizing the best options for revenge against their new enemies. You’d think there would be far too much bad blood at this point for them to do it, but I guess they realize they have much big fish to fry to accomplish their shared goals. I knew that something was coming for Chuck when he so easily set up his takedown of Jock, and all those he had quashed seemed to take great satisfaction in knocking him off his throne. What doesn’t make all that much sense is that Jock was dictating how cases should be handled, and now Bryan, Oliver, and Kate have allied themselves with someone they know to also be corrupt in taking down one corrupt boss. Taylor’s betrayal was nearly as dramatic, and if Axe didn’t seem angry enough at them for their betrayal, Wendy was even more furious at the thought that she could be poached. Both Axe and Taylor working with Grigor is a bad idea, and seeing him slap Hall in the face when he interrupted him showed just how dangerous he is. This has not been my favorite season of the show, often favoring grandstanding speeches and scenery-chewing to legitimate plot developments, but it’s still a decent ride and one I look forward to re-boarding in season four.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor

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