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Critic reviews for Pilot
It could get crasser and dumber and sleazier, it could get sharper and smarter and more self-confident. For now? If it's yellow, let it mellow.
Despite the occasional awkward line of dialogue or unreal event, Billions seems to be off to a promising start in portraying the world of finance in a somewhat accurate fashion.
The plot in this first episode is entertaining, but the show doesn't display much depth yet. But thanks to the likes of Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti and Maggie Siff, Billions becomes a character drama worth watching.
A disappointment precisely because it's so pilot-y. Both Axelrod and Rhoades are the broadest possible versions of their characters and too much emphasis is placed on the black hat/white hat dichotomy between them.
No one can blame Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien for wanting to inject some messy humanity into what could easily become the calculus exam of TV shows. But man alive, the way they did it is so, so off-putting.
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