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Billions Season 5 Episode 9 Implosion Review: New York Times

A Prince Among Thieves

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 12, 2021

Season 5, Episode 9: ‘Implosion’

Axe continues to let his emotions lead his decisions. And now the consequences are teaming up to take him down.

“He’s not dead till I say he’s dead,” says Bobby Axelrod of his decabillionaire rival, Mike Prince.

“Bobby Axelrod has to be wiped from the face of the earth,” says Mike Prince of his decabillionaire rival, Bobby Axelrod.

Heck yeah, says I.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 9 Implosion Review: Vulture

Who’s Your Son Now?

by Sarene Leeds | Vulture | September 12, 2021

When the single mention of your name sums up the extent of your destructive power, you know you’ve reached a new apex of evil.

Bobby Axelrod’s one-word moniker suffices as the explanation for no less than four plot points in this episode: (1) Mike Prince’s permanently tattered reputation. (2) Wendy and Tanner’s acrimonious split. (3) Taylor Mason Carbon’s decimation. (4) Senior’s kidney transplant.

(Even more impressive is the fact that Axe managed to wreak this much havoc primarily via Zoom and FaceTime calls. Owing to the fact Damian Lewis was likely in the U.K. at the time of filming, several of his “Implosion” scenes resemble those of Hitchcock’s in the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.)

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Billions Season 5 Episode 9 Implosion Review: Entertainment Weekly

Axe’s Enemies Have Teamed Up and They Are Coming For His Head

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | September 12, 2021

This season of Billions, in all its divided-by-COVID glory, has been a lot about legacy. After four seasons of watching the likes of Chuck, Axe, Wendy, Taylor, and many others go through various power plays to make more money and gain more power, the fifth season has asked two questions: does any of it matter, and what kind of personal toll does this kind of intense hunger for power do to a person?

This season has pushed Axe and Chuck to confront themselves and their legacies more than ever before, and it’s no surprise that both men have reckoned with themselves in different ways. Each has had his catalyst for self-reflection. For Axe, it’s the threat of Mike Prince, a man who’s not only on his level financially but also embodies the spirit of the “good billionaire,” the guy who genuinely wants to use his wealth and power to create a better world. As Prince says in this episode, “wealth will always be there, and power with it,” but he wants to make sure he leaves the world a better place than he found it.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 8 Copenhagen Review: New York Times

Back in Business

by Sean T. Collins | New York Times | September 5, 2021

Season 5, Episode 8: ‘Copenhagen’

Chuck Rhodes has shaved off his beard. But he wants to be clear: It’s not that big a deal.

“You look ready to toss your cap in the air at West Point!” exclaims his underling Karl Allard (Allan Havey).

Rhodes’s weary reply? “Don’t make a whole thing of it.”

My guess, and it’s just a guess, is that this new clean-shaven Chuck Rhodes has more to do with the vagaries of scheduling talent for the back half of this Covid-scrambled season than a decision made in the writers’ room. If your show stars Paul Giamatti, and if he has gone beardless sometime during the many months since you were last able to film, then by God, your main character will go beardless as well.

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Billions Season 5 Episode 8 Copenhagen Review: Entertainment Weekly

Two Big Wins for Axe, But This Ain’t Over Yet

by Kyle Fowle | Entertainment Weekly | September 5, 2021

Billions is finally back! Season 5 was interrupted by COVID-related work stoppages last year, depriving all of us of the back half of what has so far been a really solid season. A quick recap, since it’s been so long: Axe is trying to get in the business of running a charter bank so he can, you know, have even more money than usual. Chuck, as attorney general, is doing everything he can to stop that from happening, while also trying to finally find something to take down Axe and Axe Capital for good. Meanwhile, Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) has arrived as another rival for Axe, the seemingly do-good entrepreneur representing everything Axe despises — namely good intentions, real philanthropy, and making money without exploitation.

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