Editorial

REVIEW: ‘Ballers’ Whimpers To An End On HBO After 5 Seasons

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

“Ballers” is officially over on HBO, and it didn’t end well.

After years and years of enjoying the hit show with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, I couldn’t have been more disappointed with the finale season.

The show had a lot of fun elements, it had a lot of party elements, the sports aspects were huge and it was a great time for the first four seasons. (RELATED: The Final Season Of ‘Ballers’ Has Been Terrible Through Five Episodes)

The fifth and final season was not good, and it crawled to a whimpering end. Spencer convinces the NFL owners to give players lifetime healthcare, and everybody pretty much goes their happy ways.

 

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There’s nothing wrong with that, but the show just took itself way to seriously when it was all said and done. I enjoyed the storyline about Ricky’s head issues, finances in the sport and other serious aspects.

I even enjoyed the idea of debating healthcare in the sport after retirement. For whatever reason, and maybe I don’t even truly know why myself, I found season five to be incredibly boring.

Ballers” was at its best when Joe and Spencer were together. That happened for only a few moments in the final season because they hated each other before making up.

 

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I don’t know why the show fell off the way it did. I really don’t. Maybe after four great seasons, the people involved were ready to move on.

All I know for sure is “Ballers” had for excellent seasons and then a bad fifth and final season. As a huge fan of the show, it was such a letdown.

 

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Will I still watch the older episodes when I have some time to kill? Of course, but the reality is the show went about a season too long.

The whole thing could have been wrapped up after season four and it would have had a much better conclusion.

 

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Still, “Ballers” was a fun show for longer than it wasn’t. At the end of the day, it was a success for HBO. I just wish it’d had a stronger ending.