Has the Student Become the Master?
by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 6, 2018
Happy Friday from the Trader’s Desk.
The title of my post comes from the TV series “Kung Fu” which features a student (Grasshopper) and a teacher (Master Po). I couldn’t help but think back to this reference throughout, and especially at the conclusion of this episode. Has the Student become the Master?
Axe behaves like a full blown addict in this episode. Some people are hooked on drugs or booze. Some on food or shopping; Axe is addicted to the trill and control that trading, and making the big moves brings to him. It’s late at night, and he can’t sleep. It’s his first night of withdrawal, and he’s aching. You can see it on his face “what did I just do?” He needs to talk to the only person who can get him through this, and that is Wendy. Wendy is his sponsor in the AA of trading.
Continue reading From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S3 Ep2: Young Grasshopper vs Master Po – April 6, 2018
You Can’t Always Get What You Want, You Get What You Need
by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 4, 2018
Bobby and Chuck are a set of twinsies this episode of Billions, Season 3, Episode 2, “The Wrong Maria Gonzalez.” Where we saw Chuck mildly relishing in his win in the first episode and Bobby not-so-mildly wondering what to do about his loss, in this episode the two foes are on more equal footing.
Bobby can’t act on his investing instincts about the earthquake on the coast of Africa, which he knows will lead to a tsunami on the coast of South America, leading to losses for Axe Cap investments in Brazil, specifically flooded sugar crops and interruptions in shipping.
On the other side, the wheel of fortune doesn’t roll in Chuck’s favor to be awarded the judge sympathetic to his cause in Eastern v. Axelrod.
Both Bobby and Chuck have obstacles set before them, both master their obstacle du jour, in essentially similar ways.
Continue reading Billions on Showtime, 3.02: The Wrong Maria Gonzalez – April 4, 2018
Flat Whites, Avocado Toast, and Literal Helicopter Parents
by Miles Surrey | The Ringer | April 2, 2018
Every week, The Ringer will celebrate the passing of yet another Billions episode by honoring the installment’s best, worst, most, and least. These are your Billions Superlatives.
Axe’s trading license has been frozen—he’s no longer running Axe Capital—and in the second episode of Billions’ third season, “The Wrong Maria Gonzalez,” he has honored this legal mandate and stepped to the sidelines! He’s hanging out with his kids more, eating healthy … oh, forget it, you know I’m kidding. Axe wants to pull $2 billion from Axe Capital to do all sorts of shady shit with it behind the scenes, and you know he’s not attending his sons’ Little League games. And that clusterfuck is just the tip of the IceJuiceBerg this week. Let’s get to it.
Continue reading Billions Superlatives: Best, Worst, Most from S3E2 – April 2, 2018