Show me the Giamatti
Luckily, there's enough teeth-gnashing, S&M-loving, daddy-issue-having Giamatti to keep the show's stock from crashing for now. After a year of watching the beloved Sideways actor play conniving music managers in Love and Mercy and Straight Outta Compton, it's invigorating to see him in a lead role again. His eyes dart. He growls beneath his bushy beard. He shoves noodles into his mouth with glee.
His performance keeps the repetitive cat-and-mouse plotting from falling into tedium. Luckily, he's surrounded by enough compelling supporting actors, including David Costabile (Breaking Bad), Toby Leonard Moore (Daredevil), and Condola Rashād (Smash), to give him worthy collaborators and rivals to feed on.
As the tension builds in the show's sixth episode, which finds him even closer to catching Axe, he draws you in with his unwavering, rabid intensity. Instead of being bound and gagged, Billions needs to let Giamatti unleashed.
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Dan Jackson is a staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment and saw Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps in a movie theater by himself. He's on Twitter: @danielvjackson.