‘Billions’ Season 7 Premiere Recap: Axe Is Back

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In a meeting held before the iconic Tower of London, Wendy, Wags, and Taylor reunite with a character who has been neglected throughout the series. Bobby Axelrod, known for his love of movie references, compares the team assembled to Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca, with himself as both Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon. The stage is set for a war against their common enemy, the emperor.

Meanwhile, a second front opens in the battle against Prince. Despite being downtrodden and disgraced, Chuck Rhoades is far from defeated. At the end of the previous season, he willingly accepted exile from the legal community and faced his own legal troubles in order to help his colleague, Attorney General Dave Mahar of New York, bring down Prince.

However, Chuck is not one to sit idle while his reputation is tarnished to the point where his own children are ashamed to be seen with him in public. With the assistance of journalist Lucien Porter, known for his obnoxious demeanor, Chuck starts a public relations campaign that portrays him as a modern-day Robin Hood. He is portrayed as the lone man willing to defy the wealthy elite through actions rather than just words, paying the price with the loss of his government positions not once, but twice.

This sudden change in the public perception is possibly Chuck’s most brilliant move to date. Suddenly, his dreams of being championed by socialist figures like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez don’t seem so far-fetched. While it may anger Dave, who hints that their nonaggression pact is off by the end of the episode, Chuck believes that she didn’t reveal the entirety of her plan, so he sees no reason to reciprocate.

With this shift in dynamics, “Billions” gains a sense of urgency that it hasn’t had since the intense conflict between Chuck and Axe. The episode begins with a flash-forward five months into the future, where an enraged Prince confronts Wendy and violently confronts her, questioning why she is confident he shouldn’t be president. In that violent act, he unknowingly answers his own question.

Despite being created before major political and economic events such as Brexit, the Trump presidency, the rise of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the Covid-19 pandemic, “Billions” has managed to stay relevant and adapt to the changing times. Characters like Clancy Brown’s Attorney General Jock Jeffcoat and Danny Strong’s Treasury Secretary Todd Krakow have showcased the show’s ability to reflect the current political landscape. However, it is undeniable that the reality of America and the world has become even stranger and more unpredictable than even the brightest minds in Hollywood could have imagined.

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