Monday, January 31, 2022

What I’m Watching: Billions (Season Premiere)

Billions: Season 6, Episode 1 “Cannonade” (B)

It’s hard to believe that this show is now entering its sixth season, but it’s good to see that it’s doing so with a new approach. Prince isn’t just a replacement for Axe who was able to outwit him, but instead someone who is determined to do things the right way, so much so that he was ready to get rid of almost his entire client dossier in order to start fresh. That’s a sincere pivot from his surveillance of his employees with the rings, though he did step in to save Wags’ life when it looked (correctly) like he was having a heart attack. What’s less likely to work is for the staff to be as conscientious given Axe’s disregard for morality, though Mafee is considerably nobler and more well-intentioned than Dollar Bill, two people we’re probably going to see again in some context. Wendy appeared to be impressed that Prince took her advice after initially not buying into it, but he also was very ready to experience therapy from her, making himself very comfortable on the couch. Wags turning down an instant $40 million payout was a big deal, and maybe he’ll even end up becoming a good person by accident as he sticks around Prince Capital. I enjoyed seeing Michael McKean, a standout player on “Better Call Saul,” as Chuck’s cannon-loving neighbor who became the subject of all of his attention. Having endangered turtles planted in the stream was a bold stunt not unlike much of what he’s done before, and I wonder if this is the kind of behavior we’re going to see Chuck engaging in this season rather than trying to take down criminals.

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