The line has come to an end for Billy McBride. Goliath’s fourth and final season concludes the narrative of Billy Bob Thornton’s unconventional lawyer, featuring standout performances from the shows’ protagonist and new members of the cast J.K. Simmons, Bruce Dern, and Jena Malone.
All You Should Know Before Watching
In season 4, Billy and Patty will fight another empire: Big Pharma corporations and their vicious, poisonous loop with the opioid crisis that has engulfed America. It has a compelling plot. But what other lawyer could figure out how to bring down a monster? The series raises a lot of points regarding the drug problem that is still relevant today. It honed its rage at the lives sacrificed for profit.
Season 4 of Goliath may be the final season, but it’s also the loudest. And Goliath wants to make sure it goes out with a bang, so he brings in J.K. Simmons to play the villain. The casting is superb and nearly unreplaceable in this film. Despite being a millionaire, he is a character that seeks more. His presence may be felt. He feels unstoppable, and it’s impossible not to be riveted to the screen when he walks into a room.
What can we expect from an actor other than a whirlwind of conflicting performances when paired with Billy Bob Thornton? Season 4 has a flair for amazing direction and creating the tone, much like the previous episodes; nothing is a coincidence — no line of conversation, movement, facial expression, or Just for occupying time, the video has been taken. Everything is designed to lead the viewer to a specific moment or goal.
And, while the tale does smooth out a little as it gets closer to the end, which is to be anticipated as we say our goodbyes, there’s an arrogance to it. The show is well aware that it will captivate viewers. Season 4 isn’t going to be a send-off. It is certain of the tale it is telling. It effectively communicates the point.
What All We Know About the Spoilers?
In season 4, the show maintains its Twin Peaks feel. In an Old West town, Billy is imprisoned in limbo, conversing with his dead father (Robert Patrick) while waiting for the midday train in black-and-white dream sequences. (The aspect ratio varies in these sequences to imitate the sense of vintage movies and television.) Simmons dons a top hat and sings out a cheery song about being “the pain killer” in one episode, backed by a group of costumed dancers who wouldn’t look out of place in a classic Hollywood musical.
From many apparent Hitchcock parallels to the noir-ish atmosphere of Billy’s Chinatown flat, the entire season is full of homage to classic cinema. However, in Goliath Season 4, the intensity and brutality are toned down. There’s only one (offscreen) murder, no shootouts or chases, and no tree-shaking machine attacks as in season 3. In the season’s later episodes, when Billy and his crew square off against a cocky George Zax in court, there’s plenty of courtroom drama.
Those features in season 4 may annoy viewers impatient with Goliath’s more fanciful qualities in earlier seasons. Goliath’s last season is an interesting, watchable, and occasionally odd ride and a suitable send-off for Thornton’s tormented, multifaceted character for those who don’t mind a little unusual with their courtroom drama.