'Billions' Season 6 Episode 10 Review: Prince, Chuck recharage batteries in slow chapter
Emphasis on Sacker would have made for a more impressive storyline than seeing two contrasting personalities wrestle with who they are
Contains spoilers for 'Billions' Season 6 Episode 10: 'Johnny Favorite'
After what has been an eventful couple of episodes of 'Billions', the blockbuster Showtime drama quite literally sees the two key characters take a break...ish. Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) is still reeling from the defeat he suffered at the hands of his new and formidable adversary, Mike Prince (Corey Stoll). Even a retreat with his pals won't help the latter shake his mind off the ignominy of defeat, and understandably so. It has been a season where Chuck's been suffered just as much as the New York Jets have. Now, a retreat is supposed to calm him?
Meanwhile, Wendy (Maggie Siff), in a quest for her own identity, puts Prince through the wringer. She gets her answers after grilling the MPC head honcho, who begrudgingly confesses that all he needs is to be loved while being respected. Technically, one didn't need to look at a hardcore Q&A session with a performance coach to deduce this. When Prince wanted to make things work with his wife Andy (Piper Perabo), he almost landed the New York 2028 Olympics deal. He had his ways, underhanded at times, but he did so proving he'd go any lengths to earn and in his words, "demand" love.
Guess it all worked out in a way. He may not have had Andy by his side after he throws a helluva party featuring Questlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson) in a cameo, but he does wake up the next day with Rian (Eva Victor). How this affects his and her relationship with Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) is a story that can be tabled for another day, but that's just Prince recharging, or should we say, recharged now.
Chuck, at best, is scheming, egotistic, and devious. His moral compass can best be described as flawed especially when he gets his emotions doing the thinking. Even he's a hero at the retreat when he slams a douchebag looking to cause trouble. It almost earned him some, but he's shrugged it off just because he's still bent on driving Prince down to the ground. With all of this as part of the storyline, Kate Sacker's (Condola Rashad) arc of her being branded as a hypocrite in her career surge takes a backseat, unfortunately.
It does feel like Wendy and Kate are pretty underused at the moment. It may get better, but for now, much of the focus was on the two biggies getting some R and R, but honestly, this was a chapter that could've been done away with. Emphasis on Sacker would have made for a more impressive storyline than seeing two contrasting personalities wrestle with who they are. That said, Chuck promises to rain hellfire, so how's the retaliation going to be?
'Billions' Season 6 airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on Showtime.