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Hitting the Ground Running
by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 10, 2021
All day long I think of things, nothing seems to satisfy Think I’ll lose my mind if I don’t find something to pacify I need someone to show me the things in life that I can’t find I can’t see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind Paranoid – Black Sabbath
Welcome back to the Trader’s Desk. What a long, strange trip it has been over the last 15 months. I hope that this post finds you healthy in both body and mind.
Now, without further ado, let’s get into “Copenhagen”, albeit a tad differently. The name of the episode may be the Danish capital, but this Trader’s Desk is going to Spain. Instead of the typical recap, I’m going to just give a few observations, tapas style, as there was no real “fin-speak” this time around.
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Jason Isbell and Damian Lewis on the Set of Billions
by Derrick Rossignol | Uproxx | September 9, 2021
Jason Isbell has got his acting beak wet: the mid-season premiere of Billions aired earlier this week, and Isbell played a role that nobody could play better than him: Jason Isbell. In the episode Isbell performed at a benefit hosted by Taylor Mason Carbon, playing “Last Of My Kind” from 2017’s The Nashville Sound. Later in the show, he admires some paintings by Nico Tanner (played by Frank Grillo) with Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis).
Isbell later shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the episode and wrote, “Behind the scenes on @sho_billions. That was a really good time, and I appreciate Damian Lewis, @frankgrillo1 and the crew patiently answering my ‘acting questions.’ Generous and kind folks.”
Watch a clip of Isbell’s Billions appearance below:
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Who’s Top Dog?
by Jake Dee | ScreenRant | September 8, 2021
From Charles and Wendy Rhoades to Bobby and Lara Axelrod, Showtime’s Billions has several complicated characters that boast flaws and virtues alike.
No matter which side of the moral coin they operate on, the characters in Showtime’s hit drama series Billions are extremely well written, and they’re brought to life by a talented ensemble cast. While much of the drama revolves around the vindictive corporate battle between ruthless U.S. Attorney Charles Rhoades Jr. (Paul Giamatti) and cutthroat hedge fund master Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), it’s their well-connected friends, family members, political allies, and financial enemies that really make their conflict so compelling.
With the second half of season 5 now underway, it’s worth profiling the most substantial characters on Billions in relation to their duration on the show, plot functionality, redemptive arcs, and overall memorability.
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Billions MVP Awards for Season 5, Episode 8, “Copenhagen”
by Gingersnap | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 8, 2021
We continue to award our Most Valuable Players for Billions season five in our series compilation, the ‘Billions MVP Fanbook,’ which commemorates all those in honor of achievement for the utmost brazen, uber shameless, ultra scheming, unmatched bad asses to date – from sports references, music and tasty food to pop culture remarks, shocking twists and ultimate paybacks. In case you missed it, here are the MVPs for episode one, episode two, episode three, episode four, episode five, episode six and episode seven.
Let us continue with that tradition as we award our Most Valuable Players (MVPs) for the mid-season premiere. Here are the Billions MVP awards for Season 5, Episode 8, “Copenhagen”
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Season 5, Episode 9: “Implosion”
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | September 5, 2021
As Prince spirals in the wake of a scandal, Axe looks to take his attack to the next level, putting Taylor’s business in the crossfire. Chuck reckons with his failures and his father’s mortality. Tanner struggles to finish his paintings, while Wendy worries the money may be getting to him. Airs Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 9:00 EST / 8:00 CST on Showtime.
To view more sneak peek photos, please visit our Gallery here
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It’s Always About the Past…
by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | September 5, 2021
And just like that – THEY ARE BACK!
Episode 8 picks up soon after Axe decides to go to war with Mike Prince. It sets the tone for the rest of the season, and is packed with Billions-y twists and turns, wonderful cameos, and some serious punches in the face!
So what is Mike ‘Thomas Aquinas’ Prince doing, in full costume, rehearsing lines before the mirror??? Look at his face, he can not have enough of himself in the mirror with that ridiculous hat…
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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.