Monday, September 25, 2017

TV Show Review: Ballers (Season 3)

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson returns to HBO for another season as the stressed out money manager Spencer Strasmore. His ambition grows this year with an ultimate goal of bringing a football team to Las Vegas. His clients have an endless list of problems that demand his attention at the same time and Spencer relies on his partner Joe (Rob Corddry) to help him solve them but Joe doesn't always have the best solutions. Ricky Jerret (John David Washington) is trying to move to a new team, the Patriots, but is suffering some mental lapses. Charles Greane (Omar Benson Miller) has complications working in the front office for the Miami Dolphins. Vernon Littlefield (Donovan W. Carter) has been a troublesome client with his best friend Reggie (London Brown) and are getting into even more trouble when they invest in a weed business. 

All of these troubles are only magnified when Spencer's ambitious venture causes the lead to take stricter action against his clients. Ricky's mistake of entering another person's house and assaulting the teenage kid inside is made public. Vernon is drug tested by the NFL. Jason (Troy Garity) the agent recruits some new clients that have a unique way of testing their representation. Charles clashes with the GM Larry Siefert (DulĂ© Hill) and his wife Julie (Jazmyn Simon) doesn't always come up with the best solution. Mr. Anderson (Richard Schiff) becomes involved in the Vegas venture trying to woo wealthy investors including his brother. 

Spencer heads out to Las Vegas to sway politicians and landowners dining with the wealthy and sleeping with his girlfriend Chloe (Serinda Swan) who works for the billionaire Wayne Hastings Jr. (Steve Guttenberg). Spencer also clashes with the NFL representative Candace (Emayatzy Corinealdi) who sees profit for herself in the move to Vegas. Spencer and Joe travel all over from New York to Las Vegas to Oakland to San Francisco to woo billionaires and achieve the seemingly impossible. They are called back to deal with the troubles of their clients as Ricky contemplates leaving the sports and Vernon transfers to Virtual Reality.

The team has to sell the company to get enough capital to buy the stadium but this causes strife since they are loyal to their employees. Spencer has one last ditch effort to convince the owners at a meeting to move the Raiders to Vegas but his faces betrayal for Wayne Hastings and Candace. Ricky finally decides to leave football and be a father. Charles makes the right moves to overthrow Siefert but decides to strike out on his own on another team. Vernon gets back into the swing of things in training camp more experienced with controversy. Spencer tries to keep the Raiders in Oakland but the owners decide the move could be profitable. Joe and Spencer are able to retain the company and even expand at the end of the season ending on a positive note.

Ballers is a fun comedy to comedown after the intensity of the best hour on television. The comedy is always wild and the utter shameless display of wealth is fun to watch. Dwayne Johnson is truly a super star and it's amazing how he juggles this show and all of his blockbuster projects. It looks like the show will continue on for a fourth season and while it isn't an award winner, it is usually an enjoyable half hour. HBO needs another boys' club of wild riches and Ballers has taken the reigns on that genre.  

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