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‘Goliath’ Season 4 On Prime Doesn’t Disappoint

TSL TV show review

I must admit, I am not the most experienced film scholar. I may miss many references to the past made in modern media due to being a teenager, but I love seeing how the past connects to the present. This is what happens when a 17 year old becomes a 5-year fan of a television show headed by film veteran Billy Bob Thornton, but I enjoy it nonetheless. The final season of “Goliath” on Amazon Prime Video arrived September 24th, and it satisfied longtime fans and newcomers alike.

In many respects, “Goliath” could have gone wrong. It’s a legal drama series about LA and corrupted corporations; it’s been seen before, done before. Each season follows a decently similar structure: A David and Goliath style lawsuit that comes with just as many threats and conspiracies as one would expect. Billy McBride, the grizzled protagonist played by Thornton, is a washed up former celeb attorney who lost his name partnership at his firm after falling off the wagon. He teams up with Patty Solis-Papagian, part time realtor/night-law-school graduate, and Brittany Gold, a former hooker he represented who also does paralegal work, to bring justice to victims of monster corporations and their legal reps who steamroll lives for profit.

Season Four doesn’t fail to fall in line with its predecessors. After winning big on his last case, Billy relocates to San Francisco at Patty’s request. He leaves behind his teenage daughter and light of his life Denise, who refuses to clean up his mess after he spirals back into alcoholism while recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound. He joins Patty at her new white-shoe firm on a fraud settlement going after three big pharma opioid distributors, the most ambitious target they’ve tackled yet. Head of the firm, Sam Margolis, is a shrewd and jumpy Jena Malone. Sam pulls the strings of the case, dealing her own dirty deeds, battling chronic illness that is wonderfully relevant to the topic of the case and never shied away from, and delivering some of the final blows in the finale.

Regarding the legal aspects of this case in comparison to past seasons, the concept doesn’t fail to be compelling. The opioid epidemic is fresh on audience’s hearts and minds, and presents a usual Goliath-type villain. It takes a while to reveal just how deep the sinister motives of Zax Pharmaceuticals run, but they reach new personal depths of betrayal for all witnesses and plaintiffs involved.

All in all, fans can cheer, laugh, cry, and dive into the world of the antagonists in a fresh way. Personification of a nationwide epidemic is challenging, but Zax Pharmaceuticals steps up to the task. When someone has all the money in the world, it’s only simple to bulldoze anyone in their way. They can’t afford it. Unflinching evil, last grasp desperation and pyrrhic victories: This show has it all! I give it 4.5 stars, and highly recommend it to anyone reading this looking for a new binge.

 

By Leah Ollie, Freshman, Butler University

Instagram @leahgraceollie

Written by Leah Ollie

Leah is a senior at Whitney Young High School, and has been working with True Star since fall of 2020. She loves fruit smoothies and cats, and dislikes kale and action movies.

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