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Is it worth sticking with Billions?

  • 03-02-2022 5:27pm
    Registered Users Posts: 804 ✭✭✭

    Disclaimer: I know there's a Billions thread already but it's full of spoilers.

    I'm halfway through Season 1 of Billions and it's fine. After Succession wrapped I was looking for something to scratch that itch and it looked like it would do nicely... But it's no Succession. It's very soapy and lacks any subtlety whatsoever from I've seen so far.

    But these shows often improve after the first season so I'm just wondering whether it's worth sticking with it or should I could my losses at this stage? 6 seasons is a big commitment.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,721 ✭✭✭billyhead

    It can be hit and miss. Some seasons are enjoyable and others not so.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,521 ✭✭✭magic_murph

    Season 1 and 2 are good and worth watching but it does get very samey after that.

    Succession is on a totally different league so not a fair comparison really.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,797 ✭✭✭✭_Kaiser_

    Loved the first 5 seasons of Billions myself

    However, with Damian Lewis's completely understandable decision to quit the show for personal reasons at the end of season 5, continuing on with Mike Prince vs Chuck seems like a mistake as the entire show was built around Axe (much like House of Cards WAS Spacey) and without him, it's just failing badly IMO.

    I'm giving it to the mid-season point myself (2 more episodes) but unless it dramatically improves, I don't think I'll be sticking with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 33,349 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

    I got to the end of Series 5, but 5 was a struggle.

    No interest in season 6.

  • Registered Users Posts: 234 ✭✭sonandheir

    Yeah I was the same. The show became too wrapped up in itself. Just watch Seasons 1&2, skip the rest.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 374 ✭✭Useless Lump

    I’m only aware of the basic concept - Giamatti trying to prosecute Lewis for some illegal activities and the pair try to outmanoeuvr each other - but five seasons season of it seems a bit much?

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,071 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    session 6 is extremely slow, but 5 was good, theyre gonna struggle to move on after it...

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,471 ✭✭✭ILikeBoats

    I quit after season 4.

  • Registered Users Posts: 804 ✭✭✭Homesick Alien

    Cheers it sounds like it's worth sticking with for the 1st two seasons anyway. Problem with coming to shows like this late is that knowing there are 6 seasons removes a lot of tension in terms of anything happening to the major characters.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,524 ✭✭✭✭yabadabado

    It should have wrapped up after probably 3 seasons.Its very poor the last few years ,just rinse and.repeat.

    Even if Lewis was still involved it wouldn't be up to much.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,721 ✭✭✭billyhead

    Season 6 without Lewis is something I will avoid. Even though the last 2 or 3 seasons weren't great Lewis made it watchable at least.