In shedding certainly one of its lead characters, the Showtime drama has basically hit the reset button, reverting to its define pitting an aggressive prosecutor in opposition to an equally pugnacious billionaire financier. Yet the sixth season additionally heightens the emphasis on your entire billionaire class, in a extra pointed have a look at earnings inequality and all that entails.
Yet Prince achieved that victory with the assistance of New York Attorney General Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), solely to double-cross him, depriving him of the high-profile conviction that he was wanting to safe.
Never one to shrink back from a battle, Rhoades, naturally, has moved on to combating Prince, whereas Prince should undergo the method of swallowing an organization crammed with hard-driving overachievers who worshipped on the altar of Axe and consider him with comprehensible skepticism.
Those two situations unlock an entire lot of inherent drama, in a approach that has reinvigorated a present that, frankly, had develop into just a little stale. The storytelling all of a sudden feels tighter, fueled partly by the return to a clash-of-the-titans spine.
"Billions" additionally advantages from the sharpness of its writing, which tosses off strains referencing motion pictures like "Trading Places," presents alpha males bonding over Harry Chapin's tune "Cats in the Cradle" and provides Chuck strains like, referencing his public admission that he had been in a dominant-submissive relationship, "No more skeletons in my closet to rattle. Let 'em just try to Spitzer me."
The new season works in some amusing cameos, one capitalizing on Prince's love of utilizing basketball philosophy to encourage the troops (he is an enormous fan of coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success), and one other involving real-life journalist Olivia Nuzzi, with the specter of a dangerous leak dangled over someone's head.
Nevertheless, the Rhoades marketing campaign in opposition to a metropolis run by a "cabal of billionaires," and his railing in opposition to "plutocrats," offers the form of hook that, via 5 episodes anyway, has moved "Billions" from "hold" again into the "strong buy" column.
"Billions" begins its sixth season Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.