Billions: Season One             review by Bobby Blakey

Being a huge fan of all things Paul Giamatti it goes without saying that when I found out he was going to be in the new Showtime series Billions I was instantly in. Add to the mix Damian Lewis from Homeland and you potentially have a hit on your hands. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out then now you can with Billions: The First Season.

The series follows Shrewd, savvy U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and the brilliant, ambitious hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod who are on an explosive collision course, with each using all of his considerable smarts, power and influence to outmaneuver the other. Outside of Giamatti and Lewis, the show stars Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Moore, David Costabile, and Condola Rashād making up a great team to bring this series to life. This is one of those shows that relies on the characters, dialogue and intrigue that is way more compelling than you might expect. Both sides of the coin that are these characters are playing a game of cat and mouse with writing that borders on brilliance. I found myself fully invested from the first scene thanks to the often slimy charisma of Lewis’ Axe who you can see both the good and bad in. The same often goes for Giamatti who despite being the U.S. Attorney is clearly playing both sides while never fully becoming a villain, but also never fully a hero.

 

There is so much to love about this show and will keep you fully engaged from start to finish. Sure there are numerous moments of people trying to screw each other, but also the human elements of their lives and relationships to see what drives them to do all the business and schemes. This collection brings together all 12 episodes of the first season as well as numerous bonus features including character profiles and featurettes that take you deeper into the world of the series.

 

Grab your copy of Billions: The First Season on Blu-ray and DVD available now from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

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