Billions focuses on ruthless US attorney Charles Rhoades Jr (Paul Giamatti) and his attempts to take down ambitious hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis).
I’m a few episodes in & so far I’m liking it.
The fast, complicated speech of the show reminds me a bit of Aaron Sorkin’s works such as The Newsroom & The West Wing. That’s a good thing. I’m a big fan of those & of Aaron Sorkin’s work.
One of the most noticeable things about the show are its lack of likable characters. Both of the main leads are flawed. That’s good because it means they’re pretty well developed. However, they’re also not very redeemable. This makes it difficult to root for one side or the other. Paul Giamatti is presented as the ‘good guy’, but we’re constantly reminded that he’s a bit of an ass. Without a solid, likable lead, Billions is difficult to get truly invested in.
All of the cast are great. There are numerous big names & well known stars in it. One of the surprises is Maggie Siff who is really good in the show. Her character is by far the most interesting & likable and she’s given some of the best material the show has to offer.
Another thing that needs to be addressed about Billions is how good looking it is. The cinematography is brilliant and the many sets are gorgeous.
On the whole, Billions is a good show, so far. It has a couple of minor flaws but they can easily be overlooked. The subject matter does however limit its appeal. I’m liking it, I’m definitely going to watch it all the way through, but it’s not for everybody.