Roush Review: Amazon's 'Goliath' Takes a Confident Approach in Season 2

Matt Roush
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He’d rather drink than fight, but beach-bum lawyer Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), reprising his charismatic Golden Globe–winning performance) just can’t resist a good hard-luck appeal in Goliath.

Taking a reluctant break from literally throwing away the fortune he earned after facing down a corporate giant in Season 1, Billy takes on adversaries who are even more daunting and disgustingly twisted this time around.

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Like Amazon’s Bosch, this L.A. crime story is satisfying in its confident approach to a familiar genre. The bonus here is its broad streak of offbeat humor in Billy’s laid-back cunning, which contrasts nicely with the brash impatience of his sidekick, Patty (Nina Arianda). They take on the case of a friend’s teenage son, framed for a drug-related double murder that, naturally, isn’t as simple as it looks.

Before long, Billy and his team (including James Wolk, amusing as an FBI agent besotted with Patty) tangle with a Mexican cartel. They also uncover corruption within the LAPD and a mayoral campaign, whose deep-pocketed donor (Mark Duplass) harbors a stomach-churning fetish. Go get 'em, Billy.

Goliath, Season 2 Premiere, Friday, June 15, Amazon Prime Video

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