Thursday, January 21, 2016
TV Premiere: Billions
Showtime's newest series Billions observes the super rich and the prosecutors that chase after them for their obscure crimes that never seemed to result in punishment. There are plenty of glimpses at the wealthy lifestyle and the struggle to keep that wealth while the line between legal and illegal is increasingly blurred.
Plenty of great actors staff this series including Damian Lewis who had a brilliant performance in Showtime's Homeland. Lewis plays a hedge fund manager or CEO or whatever of Axe Corporation, his corporation. There is a lot of financial talk that I can't always follow but they do a decent job keeping it entertaining. Paul Giamatti plays a U.S. attorney who faces off against the corrupt financial system and investigates Axe corporation. Already in the first episode Giamatti and Lewis face off and I can only see it getting better as they get deeper into the show.
Maggie Siff, Tara Knowles from Sons of Anarchy, plays Giamatti's character's wife and also a resident psychologist at Axe corporation. I'm glad to see Siff back in a show since seeing her on screen is always enjoyable. Malin Ackerman, Silk Spectre from Watchmen, plays Lewis's ruthless wife and it quickly become clear that she will do anything to protect her wealth.
This show has a lot of potential and Showtime usually produces high quality entertainment so I look forward to seeing how the storyline progresses. I'm glad to see a new show with powerful actors facing off!