Goliath: Season 2 – Review

Goliath returns to Amazon Prime Video on June 15th.

By Matthew Stanford

Friends often ask me for TV recommendations. Since October of 2016 my answer has always been the same, Goliath. The first season of this legal thriller starred Billy Bob Thornton as a disgraced small-time lawyer that takes on a large law firm lead by William Hurt. Thornton won a best actor Golden Globe Award for this performance. It reminded me of the old 90’s movie The Pelican Brief. (FYI, if this were a movie, it would definitely be rated R. Do not watch with kiddos around.)

Note: The rest of this review will contain spoilers for Season 1, definitely watch first if you haven’t seen it!

Season 2 picks up a bit after season 1. After winning the case, Billy is millions of dollars richer, but hasn’t changed one bit. He drinks constantly, still lives at the Ocean Lodge Hotel and is a pretty nice guy. It is clear that Billy McBride is uncomfortable being wealthy. He bought a beautiful house but didn’t get around to moving in yet. He bought a fancy car but doesn’t drive and walks everywhere (thankfully with all that drinking). He is the sort of guy that can call females “honey” and it seems endearing instead of creepy or demeaning. Despite all of his flaws he does seem to genuinely care about other people and helping them when he can.

This season begins with Billy McBride passed out drunk in his favorite local bar The Chez Jay. Oscar Suarez, a friendly bar tender played by Lou Diamond Phillips helps awaken him and walk him home. Once settled back home, Oscar mentions to Billy that his son Julio has been arrested and accused of double-murder. Billy responds that he doesn’t work murder cases but he is happy to go talk to Julio and make sure he is getting proper assistance from his public defender.

Brittany then reappears in Billy’s life. If you recall, at the end of Season 1, Billy’s only true friend (and employee) Brittany backstabs their legal team and defense causing the case to almost be lost because of it. During the passage of time between season 1 and 2 they have not spoken but she apologizes and all is forgiven. Later Billy mentions that he can basically forgive anyone for anything except for murder.

After a series of horrible events, Billy ends up taking Julio’s case. He gets the season one band back together to work the case (Brittany, Marva, Patty). This is a group that plays great off of each other and I love each actress in their respective roles. The case as you would expect has many twists and turns and there is a lot more than meets the eye. This time Billy & team are up against a drug cartel, corrupt police, government and many more!

New to the cast this season is Morris Chestnut as Hakeem Rashad, who is the leader of the legal team opposite Billy McBride. Ana de la Reguera plays Marisol Silva who is a mayoral candidate and possible love interest for Billy. My favorite new addition is Mark Duplas who plays Tom Wyatt who is a very confident and extremely out there villain. He does some very heinous things with precision and a smile while wearing a tracksuit. He isn’t just a fixer but reminds me of a less refined version of “The Wolf” in Pulp Fiction.

Season 2 is a little less focused than season 1 and I do miss William Hurt’s extremely creepy Donald Cooperman, but it is still excellent and a worthwhile watch. Being that it is Goliath, expect that there will be shocking unexpected events along the way that may lead you to shout noooooooo! My one wish would be to see Billy McBride in a smaller scale case like the case in The Night Of. I know given that the show is called Goliath this can never happen as that would be like having Jack Bauer take down a guy that robbed a 7-11, but I can still dream. The strength of Goliath is its cast, it is well rounded and Billy Bob Thornton is so great in this role. There are also wonderful transition shots between scenes that are not the cookie-cutter camera work that is typically in similar shows. If you like legal thrillers or Billy Bob Thorton it is definitely worth your time.

I give Goliath Season 2 a B+.



17 thoughts on “Goliath: Season 2 – Review

  1. B+ is a little to high of a grade for this season in my opinion. I feel totally let down by the scripts and the direction of this storyline thus far. Subplots of the cast that drew me in are basically non existent. The intellectual aspect of the writing is absent. It seems how quickly can we put out 8 episodes, get paid and go home was the intent here.
    I only on episode 3 but there is no urge for me to watch the next episode. What is it that you see, that I am missing?

    1. Your missing a ton! Are you high or are you eating dinner playing with the kids and on your cell during the movie! We are fiending for 3! I guess you have to not be a Billy Bob hater to enjoy these amazing fast paced shows!

      1. Can one really believe that this young woman who is associated with neither party (or any party) and doesn’t campaign because she is spending nights and days with Billie, becomes mayor of a large city with no scrutiny of her background. I’m afraid S2 jumped the shark. Hope S3 cuts back on grandiose plots and focuses on characters. And fewer coincidences.

    2. I was greatly disappointed by season 2. It failed in so many ways it’s hard to understand the gap between the quality of the 2 seasons. It lacked a coherent story and had gaps in the plot. I would give it a D-

      1. 👍. Much of the story was ridiculous but kept watching because of the characters. Had a feeling some plotlines were there to set up S3 or offshoots.

      1. Season two started with happy anticipation for me and the wife, thinking we were going to get another great story. Not!!
        The story starts with Billy trying to give away a Prius he bought and it’s the last time we see the car. His old mustang magically re appears. The story continues to go down hill with almost zero direction and so many gaffs it’s almost funny.
        We watched until the last episode hoping it would get better and come together but it never did. I would Give this season a 2 a 2 out of 5.
        We were dissapointed

  2. Seizoen 2 was beter dan 1 en die vond ik al goed!
    Het was spannend , misleidend en hilarish bovendien. Ik hoop op een 3e seizoen. Billy en zijn helpers mogen blijven.

  3. I couldn’t agree more! Awesome series! I think these dudes commenting are Billy haters ! Or amazon trolls! Amazon is kicking out amazing original series! GOLIATH IS hands down one of the best!

  4. Terrible second season – such a let down after season one. The cast is great – the writers should be ashamed for wasting the player’s talents.
    Am hopeful of a great season three.

    1. So true. We kept sayig all thru it that it was getting ridiculous (noncampaigning nobody wins LA mayor race!), that plots ran parallel because of coincidence after coincidence, bad guys did things that made no sense and characters were brought in and abandoned I guess for later seasons? Nobody thought of dropping a line to the LA Times that the new mayor is a fraud or to the major party candidates?
      But kept watching because we liked the cast and characters. Put in some better writers and get back to sensible plots. Would be a shame if they self destruct.

  5. These haters are NUTS! Hubby and I power watched Season 1 & 2 this weekend and are hooked!
    It’ll seem like forever until a season 3 comes out.
    Billy Bob is outstanding as is Nina – the entire cast rocks this show. Scripts and storylines are so good.
    Love it!
    I give it 9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Only because I wish there were 12 episodes per season instead of 8 and that we have to wait until next year for Season 3! lol

  6. first of all, i love bbt, he’s a great actor, but all the negative reviews here are right on target… goliath s2 was not only terrible, it was incredibly stupid, like something created by hs kids high on meth… i just hope everyone associated with the s2 fiasco gets fired and that someone with half a brain makes s3 at least as good as s1…

  7. More plot holes than Swiss cheese !! It’s like the writers thought they were writing for a 16 part series then they were told last minute- oh no it’s only 8 !! None of the sub plots are relevant, so many gaps in the plot and action it’s laughable! Great acting with poor materials! If there a season three for gods sake amazon get some decent writers!!!

  8. Season 1 was incredible and deserving of awards. Totally hooked on it. Great characters, story plot, suspense and acting. Season 2 was just the opposite a total waste of great acting talent. Story was effectively incoherent, plot worthless and totally lacking any kind of professional script writing. Everybody but the actors should be fired for incompetance.

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