The fourth and final season of Goliath left me disappointed especially after the powerful performances in the first two seasons.
To be honest, I was never a fan of Billy Bob Thornton. However, the first season of this show was perfect enough for me to fall in love with him as well as Patty (Nina Arianda), Brittany (Tania Raymonde), Denise (Diana Hopper) and Marva (Julie Brister). Fast forward to the final season (the fourth season) and it’s obvious that the show took a wrong turn at some point.
That point was halfway thru the third season. Viewers fell in love with Billy McBride because he was a washed-up lawyer who spends most of his time in bars than the courtroom. When he finds a case, he believes in, he will fight tooth and nail for you. Or at least this was the case for the first two seasons.
Somewhere in the third season, the show turned into a psychedelic trance which happens to have a lawyer as a participant. That wasn’t the show I signed up for and I barely was able to finish that season.
Two years later (thanks to Covid) we get the final season of the show, and it’s a mixed bag. For whatever reason, Billy gets dragged into a lawsuit against big pharma. Sounds familiar? It is! We even get freaking J.K. Simmons to play the villain opposite Billy Bob Thornton. And yet, the producers managed to screw it up with weird flashbacks cryptic scenes that made no sense halfway thru each episode.
Psychedelics aside, I’m thankful that we got to see Billy again in a courtroom doing what he does best: plotting to win a lawsuit for the regular person. However, I would have loved the show to get back to its roots in the last season instead of this mixed bag of mess.
Should you watch it?
A bit disappointing, the fourth and final season is filled with a lot of useless scenes. However, if you skip those, you’ll get an almost perfect ending that could have won an Emmy even if it were only four episodes long. Instead of the eight filled with nonsense.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream all four seasons of Goliath exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.