Top positive review
More wheeling and dealing in the high octane world of New York finance.
12 December 2017
Probably not since Dallas in it's heyday have so many objectionable and morally duplicitous characters combined to provide such rollicking entertainment as this show which centres on the ongoing battles between hedge fund owner Bobby Axelrod (Damien Lewis) and District Attorney for Southern New York Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti). Whilst some of the dialogue can sometimes descend into cliche using psycho babble and financial jargon with characters making statements rather than actually conversing this is no way gets in the way of a story being well told and which has no difficulty in maintaining the audience's attention throughout the twelve episodes of Season 2.
Of particular interest in addition to all the regular members of the cast who continue to perform consistently well is the character of an intern analyst (Taylor Mason) who becomes a protege of Axelrod and who is played by non-binary gender Asia Kate Dillon - the first such to appear on mainstream TV in the U.S.A.
Billions has been renewed by Showtime for a third series and there is plenty of mileage left to see which of the two titans eventually wins out. The fact that the show is loosely based on fact is not necessarily a guarantee that the outcome will be the same as happened back in 2013.
The extras comprise Being Billions / Making Billions in New York and They Theirs & Them. The only subtitles are English SDH.