Books are a Trigger for Billions – Repost

Perhaps not as sexy as the food or the music, nor as readily noticeable, is the backdrop of books used in a show. Shows that care about such things, like Billions, speak volumes with those carefully chosen volumes. It’s about setting the stage, providing props for the characters and the action. Most interestingly, the placement of books is about saying a thing or two about the character who owns them, in a language both visual and textual (if you look closely enough :)) Alternatively, barring such esoteric “meaning”, at the very least, books laying about¬†can be fun Easter eggs that may say a thing or two about the folks who put the show together.

So, join me as we browse through the bookshelves of Billions.

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Billions Season 2 Dining Guide

My husband and I are crazy foodies. He¬†loves to cook (we are talking about a man who bakes bread, brews beer and makes pancetta here!) and we both love to eat. Thus, NYC dining scene, from its “special occasion”¬†restaurants to¬†yummy¬†hole-in-the-walls to city institutions to cozy neighborhood joints, making memorable appearances in Billions¬†makes us¬†smile big!

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Today¬†I turn that big smile into¬†Billions¬†Season 2 dining guide with a huge THANK YOU to the show creators for loving and honoring¬†the dining capital of the world:¬†Some of these places are my personal¬†favorites¬†and I believe, being the forensic fan that I am, I have been able to figure out almost all of them using hints from the scene as well as Google and, hey, Google earth, too! ūüôā And big thanks go to Brian Koppelman for kindly answering a few of our restaurant related questions on Twitter.¬† Continue reading “Billions Season 2 Dining Guide”

Billions Season 2 Locations in New York City and Beyond

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I am an immigrant. I moved to the US for graduate study in late 1990s. My¬†husband and I, having finished our PhDs, moved to¬†New York in 2001, only¬†weeks before September 11, for our first jobs. The city has since given me so much in so many different dimensions and defined me as an individual: a foodie, a film buff, a theatre lover, a feminist, a wine snob, a runner and more… Even though we moved to the South five years later for new jobs, we could not give up on New York. We still have a tiny apartment on¬†the Upper West Side¬†and we are proud part-time New Yorkers ūüėÄ

And, as I mentioned a billion times before, Billions is a dream show for me not only because my favorite actor is in it, but also New York, from its landmarks to city parks to its distinct neighborhoods, appears as a cast member! As someone who feels the only home she has in the world is the city that never sleeps, I particularly love it that Billions is taking over New York, the BIG film studio that it is, and shooting all over the place, from Manhattan to Queens to Brooklyn to The Bronx to Long Island and to northern suburbs. So this Billions Season 2 Location Guide is a loving tribute to my most favorite place on earth and a heartfelt thank you to the Billions show creators for giving us a love letter to the city.

ENJOY!

ps. If¬†you think I am missing a location, please let me know and I will be very happy to add it to the list. Continue reading “Billions Season 2 Locations in New York City and Beyond”

Best of Billions Season 2

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Decisions, decision, decisions. We aren‚Äôt quite ready to let go of Season 2 just yet and we encourage you to share your ‚ÄėBest of‚Äô in the comments below.

Billions is no longer the new show on the Rhoade. Nope, Season 2 has left us all desperate for Season 3 which thankfully we know is confirmed.

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Billions on Showtime 2.12: Ball in Hand

We sit in the mud, my friend, and reach for the stars.

‚Äē Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

Here we are, at the end of Season 2 of Billions, and what a ride it’s been. I know I’m not alone in wishing that these folks wrote and worked and filmed and screened all at the same time, so we wouldn’t have to suffer the excruciating dry months of waiting for the next season to start. In this season, the entire lot of them exceeded all expectations. The story was tight, the performances even tighter. It’s like they all came into their own skins this season and it was a treat to watch.

My review here won’t be a recap, because you’ve already read those. Instead I’ll focus on the father and son scenes central to¬†Season 2, Episode 12, “Ball in Hand.” And I can’t leave the season without talking a bit about Bobby and Wendy. While most other connections between characters are clear, it seems there reigns a central mystery, still, between who Bobby and Wendy are to each other. This season, wonderfully, didn’t solve the mystery a bit, it only intensified it.

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Billions on Showtime, Season 2 Episode 12: Ball in Hand

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May I just say I will miss Sunday nights? My typical Sunday evening runs like this: I watch the show at 10pm and take notes. Then I watch for a second time and take more notes. Then I sit down and write. I typically go to bed as the sun rises. It¬†sounds crazy, doesn‚Äôt it? Writing for hours as if the world is waiting for my recap… But it is not about that… It¬†is about the show and the thrill it gives me: WORTH IT! ūüėÄ ¬†Besides, Billions is the ONLY¬†show, other than Mad Men, to date, where I care about every single character. It does not mean I love them all, but I care about them all, which I think is the biggest achievement¬†a show can ever have.¬†I give standing ovation for all brilliant minds behind and in front of the camera and give special thanks to my husband¬†for bearing with me for the last couple of months and letting me sleep until noon on Mondays.

The¬†season may be¬†coming to an end, but we still have so much to say about it. For starters,¬†we are currently working on a FUN¬†Best of Billions¬†we will publish next week followed by a locations guide, a dining guide, a music guide and more. We¬†hope you stay with us! Continue reading “Billions on Showtime, Season 2 Episode 12: Ball in Hand”