John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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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.
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.
"Billions" twists and turns with impressive dexterity, but the joke at its core is that the showdown between Rhoades and Axe doesn't need to happen at all.
Though it's more soap opera than insightful Wall Street commentary, Billions can be a promising roller-coaster of cutthroat egos if you approach it with the right attitude.
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.