Axe, Chuck, and the Illusion of Control
by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | June 3, 2018
Do you know why Billions is such a great show? There’s a ton of reasons, but one of them is the show’s ability to swing between ridiculous and tense in a matter of moments. This is a show that has unbelievable control over its tone. Its over-the-top moments hardly ever feel too over-the-top, and when they do there’s usually some sort of character motivation behind it. That kind of control allows the show to don many masks, to be funny and scathing and frightening all at the same time.
That kind of control is evident as “Kompenso” kicks off with Salt Bae. No, you didn’t read that wrong. As the episode gets underway, Kate and Chuck are dining at Salt Bae’s restaurant in New York. Or rather, Chuck is dining, and Kate is lustily eyeing Salt Bae, imagining a different kind of meal for the night. Chuck and Kate trade witty remarks before Karl shows up and delivers some bad news: He still hasn’t found anyone within Jock’s radius that can corroborate the Jeffcoats’ shady deal with Texas South Cable. Essentially, the whistleblower Cutler isn’t enough to build a case on because of his propensity to lie. He’s hardly a credible witness, which means the search is on for another one.
Continue reading Billions Season 3, Episode 11 Recap: Entertainment Weekly – June 3, 2018
by Nicole Cliffe | Vulture | June 3, 2018
Good episode, teammates! A really good one! You’ll remember that I felt the writing has been a bit shaky recently: notes not hitting right, characters behaving out of character just to move the necessary plot points, etc. Well, I shouldn’t have doubted, because Billions just geared up with a roar for these last few episodes of the season. I’m impressed, I’m happy; let’s get into it.
I knew that we were going somewhere the minute I saw Sacker getting noticeably flushed while watching Salt Bae work his Turkish steak magic. Sacker doesn’t really get a chance to shine in this episode, so I’m glad she had some fun at dinner. When is Sacker going to get a worthy romantic plotline? I don’t want to return to the lovesick vibe she gave off in season one, but I would dearly love to see her go toe-to-toe with a man on her level (should such a man exist.)
Continue reading Billions Season 3, Episode 11 Recap: Vulture – June 3, 2018
Betrayals and Surprises
by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | June 1, 2018
Don’t you think I know what I’m doing
Don’t tell me that it’s doing me wrong
You’re the one that’s really the loser
This is where I feel I belong
Snowblind – Black Sabbath
Hello, and happy Friday from the Trader’s Desk! This week, we see Axe looking for “Redemption”, and it’s twofold: the $1.5 Billion Andolov is redeeming from his investment in Axe Capital, and Axe trying to find his own salvation, after almost selling something worth more to him than his soul – a piece of his firm!
Continue reading From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S3E10 ‘Redemption’ – June 1, 2018
Good Gracious – Axe is Bodacious
by JaniaJania | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 31, 2018
Billions Season 3 Episode 10, “Redemption” was the first episode where Bobby’s omniscience as written felt truly believable.
Not only does Bobby know everything, he also doesn’t break a sweat when returning Maria Sharapova’s serves. As he finishes up getting crushed sweatlessly by one Russian, he absorbs the blows of another Russian, John Malkovich’s Grigor Andolov, pulling his money out of Axe Cap minutes after it has just landed. Axe doesn’t see the game Andolov is playing. All he knows is that he’s been struck and he needs to recover. The deft speed with which Bobby Axelrod gets back on the horse is a thing of beauty. His resilience is the one truly beautiful (ie sympathetic) thing about him.
Continue reading Billions on Showtime, 3.10: Redemption – May 31, 2018
Maria Sharapova, Pee Fright, and Ivan Ramen
by Miles Surrey | The Ringer | May 28, 2018
Here is the best, worst, and most from the 10th episode of Season 3
Three seasons into Billions, it’s clear that Axe and Chuck constantly need to sate their inflated egos by challenging someone and, ultimately, brutally crushing them (sorry, Connerty!). But even these accomplished dick swingers seem to be approaching obstacles that may be too high to hurdle, with Chuck hoping to topple Attorney General Jock Jeffcoat and Axe agreeing to invest billions of dollars for an intimidating Russian oligarch.
Still, our, um, heroes (??), rise to those respective challenges in Season 3’s 10th episode, “Redemption.” Also, there is food porn aplenty, Chuck roasts Jeffcoat in the best way possible, and Ben Kim … well, you’ll see. Let’s go through this week’s superlatives.
Worst Inconspicuous Meeting Place, Redux
Continue reading Billions Superlatives: Best, Worst, Most from S3E10 – May 28, 2018