Monday, December 3, 2018

What I’m Watching: Goliath

Goliath: Season 2, Episode 7 “Diablo Verde” (C+)

There’s only one episode left in this season, and I’d assume in the whole series given how little I’ve heard about this show since its second season premiered, aside from Satellite Award nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and supporting actor Mark Duplass, who didn’t appear at all in this installment. I can’t imagine what kind of resolution we’ll get in the concluding hour, since now even the bad guys are killing each other off while the good guys are no closer to truly being able to serve justice. Billy being stuck in Mexico with a handful of babysitters didn’t feel like a necessary hour at all, particularly because we, like him, didn’t have any idea how he got there. I recognized Steven Bauer as one of his more verbose guards, though it’s strange to hear him without the Israeli accent he puts on as Avi on “Ray Donovan.” Paul Ben-Victor was another familiar face as the less patient and much angrier leader. Billy, as usual, worked calmly and efficiently with Lauren Tom’s Applebees to engineer a major jailbreak that managed to get her to some degree of safety and him back to California crumpled up in a trunk. Showing the title that usually serves as the opening credits indicator of the show a full forty-one minutes in was a peculiar choice, and I would have appreciated an hour that dealt much more with Patti using her newfound romantic relationship to her advantage and Denise engaging in some truly disturbing, daddy-level drinking when Billy went missing. Danny getting killed seems puzzling since now the cartel is out two corrupt cops, and it’s strange that all signs point to David Cross’ broker rather than Tom, who has been seen with Danny at the club so many times. I’m hopeful that the finale will provide some sense of resolution that will make me eager for a third season, should one be commissioned.

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