Wednesday, April 10, 2019

What I’m Watching: Billions

Billions: Season 4, Episode 3 “Chickentown” (B-)

I’m not sure how long this show could have sustained Axe going to war with Taylor since it doesn’t have the same appeal as Axe and Chuck being at each other’s throats, and it’s good to see that, after some dirty tricks employed almost entirely by Axe, they were at least able to meet to talk about a peace offering. Though he’s a magnetic character in some ways, Dollar Bill is probably one of the more despicable people on this show, never apologetic for the way in which he treats people and always looking out for himself above all. My wife wasn’t happy at all about his “final solution” idea that led to Wags proclaiming a “chicken Holocaust,” further evidence of most of the characters on this show being terrible people, and I suppose that plotline was only really worthwhile for the way in which Axe showed support to Dollar Bill when he did mess up. I’m not sure what we’re supposed to take away from Chuck snapping his own rubber bands in the bathroom at a function, perhaps that he doesn’t need Wendy anymore, or maybe that she knew exactly what she was doing when she triggered him with the noise in the morning? I liked the casting of Kevin Pollak, who’s also been recurring on “Better Things,” as Taylor’s father, who seems to have created some major identity issues by his refusal to address them by their preferred pronouns and also inspired them to persevere in spite of obstacles like that.

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