Chuck Rhoades, a sincere but ruthless US attorney, engages in an egoistic battle with hedge fund kingpin Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod as they try to outdo each other in the competitive financial market.
Creator : Brian Koppelman, David Levien
Genre : Drama
Here are some aspects that make “Billions” worth watching.
1. The Story
Chuck Rhoades is a ruthless US attorney that engages in an egoistic battle with Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, a charismatic leader of Axe Capital hedge fund. Axe is being investigated for insider trading activity. Both try their best to outdo each other in the competitive financial market.
2. Another Level of Manhunt
If you are getting bored seeing Manhunt stories with barbaric shootings, Billions offers quite a different style. No one is hiding from anyone. The manhunt is smart and classy. Each battle is done by thinking, it combines politics, strategy, and law. See how you can take down one of the smartest financial people in the country.
3. Wendy Rhoades
The battle is far from simple because Chuck’s wife, Wendy Rhoades, works as a motivational coach at Axe Capital (and has total trust from Axelrod). Chuck investigating her boss causes tension between them. However Wendy Rhoades stays neutral & keeps her work confidential.
4. Axe Capital
Axe Capital is a hedge fund company with plenty of top traders. Their day to day life is fun to watch. Most of them are smart & well educated, further enhanced with their cozy office. See the brutality of the stock market, from interesting IPOs into taking down a well established business to ruin their stock price.
5. Taylor Mason, The Intern
Taylor Mason is one unique character here. A talented intern at Axe Capital who becomes close friend of Axelrod and later being trusted to do all the important things at Axe Capital. She is smart, confident, and able to read the mind of others. See how Mason rises to power and helps secure Axe Capital from the FBIs.
6. Comprehensible Storytelling
The storytelling here is clever. The flashbacks are used brilliantly. On one second you have random scene which eventually happens D+3, you will wonder what it’s about. The show will travel back to show you D-2, D-1, etc. Stuffs like that. In the end you have the complete picture. Sounds complex, but easy to digest.
7. Bold Soundtracks
At the beginning I was quite sure the music is going to be flat, but I was wrong. Billions may not have an opening theme, but all the soundtracks are top class. Axelrod is a metalhead and surprisingly you have live appearance of Metallica, and tons of other background tracks from Megadeth, Pantera, etc.
8. Top Tier Acting
Billions is not just a battle between Axelrod and Chuck, but also an acting battle between Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Each of them has won best lead actor in Emmy Awards prior to this role. Paul Giamatti won it in 2008 for his role in John Adams, and Damian Lewis in 2012 for Homeland. All out acting guaranteed.
To conclude, Billions is highly recommended to watch. It may not be for everyone, but just try yourself. Billions is a Showtime original. If you’re not familiar with Showtime TV, they have other top originals like The Affair, Homeland, & The Big C. It’s a shame Billions never won any Emmys, but trust me it is really, really good.