TV Catch Up: Billions

by Matthew Thompson

Billions sees U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) going after hedge fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damien Lewis) for insider trading and other improprieties used to gain his fund’s considerable wealth. Making the whole affair all the more tricky is Chuck’s wife Wendy’s position as performance coach at the fund as well as her close relationship with Axelrod. This puts her smack dab in the middle of the two men as they wage war on each other throughout the series Continue reading


TV Catch Up: Justified

by Matthew Thompson

Based on the Elmore Leonard novella Fire in the Hole, Justified is part modern-day western, part US Marshal procedural and part prestige crime drama. Initially it didn’t seem like it’d be something I would love, but by the end of the first season I was hooked, watching it every chance I got over the past few months. Having finished up the show a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d give my thoughts on this brilliant series Continue reading

TV Catch Up: Veep

by Matthew Thompson

Every summer when my TV load is a little lighter I try to tackle some shows I missed the boat on when they first premiered. My main quest this year was to at least start up Buffy the Vampire Slayer which has been a fun time so far (I am currently in Season 2 and will talk about it at some point this summer). But when I was unable to flip on Netflix due to some wonky wifi one night, I tried to find something else to dive into OnDemand. I settled on Veep and boy am I glad I did. I had watched a couple of episodes years ago, but didn’t stick with it for some reason. This time I was hooked though and am here with some impressions of the show Continue reading

TV Catch Up: Banshee Seasons 2 and 3

by Matthew Thompson

A few weeks ago I wrote about my impressions of the first season of Banshee and now I’m back with my thoughts on Seasons 2 and 3. These will contain spoilers for both seasons, so if you aren’t caught up you’ve been warned Continue reading

TV Catch Up: Banshee Season 1

by Matthew Thompson

(For this blog on the first season of Banshee I kept the spoilers to the bullets, so non-watchers could see what it was about and those who have seen it can see some more spoilerly thoughts of mine further below.)

High art Banshee is not, but it sure is fun. When an unnamed master thief (Antony Starr) is released from prison after fifteen years and looks to reconnect with his past, he finds himself in a small town named Banshee. In a ridiculous sequence of events, this man ends up taking the identity of the soon-to-be Banshee Sheriff Lucas Hood and in charge of the law enforcement in this rural Pennsylvania town. Things don’t get any more realistic from here, but if you can find your way past that you’ll be treated to a fantastically fun action series unlike any other you’ll find on television Continue reading