'Billions' Season 6 Episode 2 Review: Intriguing chapter explains Prince, Chuck's plans
Spoilers for 'Billions' Season 6 Episode 2 'Lyin Eyes'
If the season opener of 'Billions' spoke about Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Mike Prince's (Corey Stoll) ideology heading into Season 6, 'Lyin Eyes' talks about the plans they have to bring change. The New York AG has one motive: Take on the billionaire class who believes have their motives where they get richer by the day and is firmly is convinced no one should have that much wealth or that much power. Prince's agenda is a lot more different — he believes he's the man to raise NYC from the ground up every time it crumbles.
So there you have it — two crusaders who now face off against each other. While the first two episodes show the two influential figures doing their own thing, it's only a matter of time before Prince comes in Chuck's crosshairs sparking all-out war. Prince tries to get his new team on the trading floor on a new play he makes to short Rask Sportswear but is met with doubts and criticism. It is later revealed that he has more motives than just making a power play. Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) and Wendy (Maggie Siff) try to decode his mind but are far from coming to a conclusion.
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Although there is enough to suggest that Prince is doing this for personal motives (He's planning to give his relationship with his ex-wife another shot) and to win her trust. What makes it interesting is that his coup on Rask is timely and convenient to get things on the right track with her. The more gripping storyline is Chuck taking on Bud Lazara, a billionaire who refuses to pony up for the Doorman Union for their services. The good cop approach by Chuck and the President of the Association fails and the former think the 2% increase is a sham.
Lazara laughs Chuck out and despite the advice of Chuck Rhoades Sr, who tells his son that folks like Lazare are not be poked with, the younger Rhoades resorts to blackmail to get the better of the crooked billionaire, and to make matters worse, he rats him out to the press despite getting his win.
It's easy to see the route that 'Billions' is taking here. With Damian Lewis out of the picture, the show takes its time in connecting an event that pits both the parties against each other. Chuck and Prince have their challenges, but not as. big as the one they take to win the power battle that's brewing.
'Billions' Season 6 airs Sundays at 9 pm ET on Showtime.