Critic Consensus: An influx of new characters and a fresh narrative twist give Billions an added boost during its thoroughly entertaining second season.
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What little has changed isn't significant so much as superficial. Billions keeps its macho energy alive..
Still I'll watch, mesmerized by the question of how far this show will go, and how overcooked the acting will be, and how silly the sexual subplots will get. How bad will it be this season? I can't wait to find out.
It's all about forward momentum, keeping you leaning forward from one scene into the next to see how it all adds up. And it works.
In its second season, the show has adopted that ethos of its characters, taking everything that made it appealing in Season 1 - the egos, the plot twists, the vests - and turning up the volume.
The Showtime drama hasn't reinvented the wheel in its second chapter, but there's something different about the tale this year. It's more fun. It's more focused. It's just ... better.
Audience Reviews for Billions: Season 2
The stakes are raised and the drama gets more intense in Season 2 of Billions. When US Attorney Chuck Rhoades gets investigated for his recent conduct in the Axelrod case he makes a Hail Mary play to keep his job, meanwhile hedge fund billionaire Bobby Axelrod takes on an unlikely protégé and makes a risky investment in the proposed site for a new casino. Both Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis give extraordinary performance; especially Giamatti, whose role is much more demanding and complex this season. And while it takes a while for the season to get some momentum, once it gets going it doesn’t let up. Additionally, the writers do a good job at explaining the financial jargon and money making schemes without it coming off as exposition dumps or grinding things to a halt. They also address some interesting sociopolitical and moral issues. Incredibly compelling, Season 2 of Billions is even better than the first.
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