Billions is back, and it’s time to crank up your Boomer-rock playlists.
It’s been 14 months since COVID-19 forced Axe Cap and Co. to join the Roy family in a seemingly eternal hiatus, but Tom Petty and the Velvet Underground are welcoming Axe Cap’s comeback.
First and Foremost, let’s Address The Most Obvious Issue: Chuck Rhoades’s New Appearance!
I’m kidding, but I’ll get to that point later. I mean of course, it’s how a tale that was originally created before COVID quarantined the planet a year and a half ago is brought right back into Billions. There were only seven episodes of season five left to film when production was terminated in March 2020.
Filming on “Copenhagen,” the eighth episode, was completed two days before the closure, according to Showtime. In order to make up for lost time, Billions has been filming seasons 5 and 6 at the same time since March of this year. Due to COVID-safety rules, there are likely to be more intimate moments in “Copenhagen” than in the past.
The sudden loss of Damian Lewis’ wife and Peaky Blinders star Helen McCrory, who died in April 2021, added another wrinkle to putting Billions back on our screens after such a long break. Because of some TV magic, Bobby Axelrod is still able to crush his opponents, despite Lewis filming certain sequences in the United Kingdom.
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Does COVID Appear in the New Series?
A little bit. We’d be wise to set the story in the period between January and February of 2020: There was a “coronavirus” mention in the most recent episode, which was shown in June of 2020, and there will be a telling line of speech in the following episode.
Copenhagen takes place a few days after “The Limitless Sh*t,” so we’re in in the middle of most of the season’s key storylines. As a fast refresher/to-do list:
- Axe: Destroy Mike Prince. 2. Destroy 2. Create a bank account for Axe Cap.
Dad needs a kidney. Chuck: 1. The Dark Passenger must be kept at bay at all costs.
- Donate a kidney to Charles Sr. Don’t succumb to your injuries.
Get my moody artist partner to accept his fortune, yet not be corrupted by it.
prove to my generation that I’m wiser and smarter than they are.
Chuck and Catherine Brant’s Off-Screen Separation
Chuck and Catherine Brant’s off-screen separation (because Chuck wasn’t a fan of threesomes) occurred just a matter of days after Corey Stoll’s deca-billionaire Mike Prince was awarded the ambassadorship to Denmark.
No matter what the reason for Margulies’s resignation, it allows New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to focus on the season’s third act without having to worry about the end of Chuck’s Yale teaching.
The conscious detachment also provides Chuck with an acceptable justification for his alteration in looks. Even though Paul Giamatti looks unnaturally thin and more grey than red on top, we’ll keep the discussion focused on Chuck’s goatee removal, just like Allan Havey’s Karl Allard did.
For those who have been following Wendy’s romance with Nico Tanner, it appears like things aren’t going well: Tanner is enjoying his newfound wealth, much to Wendy’s chagrin. This is a little hypocritical coming from someone who made $9 million last year. At least until cameo-of-the-week Jason Isbell reminds him that he is nothing more than a commodity to the Axe Cap bros in Lester Bangs mode in his thoughts.
When you’re in mediocre-storyline hell, you’re stuck with Taylor. There is a lot of time spent on Rian because she dares to have a life outside of Taylor Mason Carbon. However, it must be acknowledged that Rian’s act of defiance – working catering gigs to remain in her friends’ inner circle — is deserving of employment evaluation.
Mase Carb’s analyst, Rian, serving mock-tuna wraps at a Bail Project event is a terrible picture for the company since it suggests that Taylor is underpaying him.