It’s interesting what happens when the biggest movie star in the world takes part of his year to make a good television show. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is perhaps the biggest movie star in the world right now so a choice to continue on with Ballers is a curious one. The summer movie season doesn’t really seem to feel fully arrived until a film that costs $200 million with Johnson has a massive release, it seems, and Ballers is the sort of show that someone without Johnson’s movie star charisma would do.
This season’s overarching story follows Spencer (Johnson) as he tries to bring the NFL to Las Vegas. Life would imitate art, as the Oakland Raiders would move to the city as they would on the show, and the season follows Spencer as he tries to do a handful of things including help move the Raiders to Vegas. Throw in his contemplation of fatherhood, his wacky clients and continuing working relationship with his partner (Rob Corddry) and Spencer has a long way to get back where he started.
Functioning as almost a soft reset by the end, ala Silicon Valley, Ballers is in an interesting position. It hasn’t grown into the sort of show it could be, instead following a route that makes it feel like a lesser East Coast version of Entourage in many aspects. Season 3 has all the trademarks of what makes it an interesting watch visually but it feels like its still trying to find what it wants to be about. It keeps you engaged because it’s visually stunning but there isn’t much beyond that.
Ballers has so much potential but so far, three seasons in, doesn’t feel like the sort of show it could be.
HBO presents Ballers (Season 3). Created by Steve Levinson. Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington, Omar Miller. Released on 4.3.18
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