Check Out Goliath, Season 3 on Prime Video

Is Lady Justice really blind? Or is she just blind to the wrongdoings of the rich and powerful? This age-old debate is being played out in the third season of Prime Video’s Goliath. That’s right! Lovable misfit attorney Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton) is back with his lovable retinue of misfits to take on another Goliath. This time, it’s a group of unscrupulous almond farmers who are responsible for the death of one of Billy’s friends. Before I go any further with this Billy Bob Thornton vehicle, here’s a look at the Goliath season 3 trailer:

Goliath Season Three is Typically Goliath

If you’re a fan of this TV series, you probably know what I mean. If you haven’t watched it, then the title of this paragraph might sound confusing. Let me clear it up for you. The show takes its name from the classic David-versus-Goliath trope. In other words, the small guy taking on a giant. It’s a classic good-versus-evil tale where the side of good prevails against powerfully superior enemy.

Okay, each season operates off a simple formula. The struggle to gain legal remedy for little people who’ve been wronged by large, powerful groups or corporations. Season one pitted Billy, a boozy lawyer, against both a powerful corporation and his former law firm. In season two, he took on a vicious drug cartel. This time around, he’s up against a consortium of California almond farmers. Almond farmers? Really? Trust me when I see this group is no less a Goliath as the others.

Goliath Has Something to Say…

…And that’s what I love about this show. Look, there are some TV shows I watch for comic relief and others I watch for the action. I watch Goliath for its talking points. The series explores topics that are can be tough to think about, let alone discuss in mixed company. But that’s what makes it so interesting, apart from the acting, plot, and pacing of course.

As the title implies, this TV series asks the same question each season. That is, “Do the rich and powerful have an unfair advantage in the American justice system?” The answer to that varies season to season. I’ll be honest, Goliath isn’t like Star Wars, where a ragtag group of rebels goes up against the Evil Empire and wins by the sheer force of goodness alone. It’s far more realistic in its depiction of life. Consider these points:

  • Billy doesn’t always win in court despite his expert legal wrangling.
  • Billy gets hurt and betrayed by some of the people he loves.
  • Good people die, usually due to deliberate cases of murder.
  • Friendships, loyalties, and people’s patience are often stretched to the limits.
  • The good guys don’t always get the closure they’re looking for.
  • The bad guys don’t always get punished. In fact, they sometimes get away with it.

In other words, Goliath is as cruel and unpredictable as life itself. If you watch an entire season of and don’t become upset that these things really happen, then you’re sleepwalking through life.

Goliath Season 3 Talking Points

I’m only a few episodes into season three and I’m already asking myself these questions:

  1. Just because something is legal, does it make it right?
  2. What should be done to companies/corporations when their actions lead to the deaths of innocent people?
  3. What should be done when corporations infringe upon the rights and well being of people?
  4. Do the rights of job creators trump those of regular folk?

While I wrap my mind around all this, I’m thankful that the show’s writers aren’t heavy handed with their approach to these issues.

Goliath’s Star-Studded Cast

Even if you didn’t like Billy Bob Thornton in the past, you’ll love him as Billy McBride. He must be doing a good job if he’s the star and the show is on its third season. Thornton’s character is bolstered by a strong supporting cast that includes Nina Arianda, Paul Williams, and many others. In addition to the recurring cast, each season has guest stars that usually play the bad guys who want to stop McBride. This time around, the rogues’ gallery includes these big names:

  • Dennis Quaid
  • Amy Brenneman
  • Beau Bridges
  • Griffin Dunne
  • Sherilyn Fenn
  • Graham Greene
  • Illeana Douglas

If you’re a fan of any or all of these actors, you should enjoy their latest performances in Goliath’s third season. Really, there’s no reason not to watch it… unless you don’t have Prime Video, I guess.