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TV Review: BALLERS: Season 1, Episode 6: Everything is Everything [HBO]


HBO’s Ballers Everything is Everything TV Show ReviewBallers: Season 1, Episode 5: Everything is Everything makes Ricky (John David Washington) the comeback king of the NFL without stepping onto a field, but rather into an interview to handle allegations brought to TMZ by Ms. Cooley, Alonzo’s mom.

I don’t want to be one of those writers who hates stories and has figured out that hating stories is a cottage industry in journalism where you label all your story analysis “critique” and then forget there is an on screen world that is only shaped by conflict, but episode six of Ballers was a little bland even for me. And I get excited to talk to the mailman about his route.

Not quite. Watching Everything is Everything is like peering into the male brains of these “geniuses”, and the consequences of having such a gendered brain when things aren’t going so well. Reggie’s (London Brown) epiphany, Charles (Donovan W. Carter) being caught running away from his responsibility, Joe’s (Rob Corddry) amazing deal with the lawyer, and Spence (Dwayne Johnson) finally getting to emotionally vent to a dropped call are all relatable idiosyncratic character developments that showcase the weak spots of these guys.

It’s not that what they are trying to accomplish is weak, they just need a push out of their doubts and flaws, and in Joe’s case, this is of being addicted to whatever is in front of him – as long as it’s money. Spence has issues with emotional expression. Charles doesn’t know what he wants. And Reggie can’t make up his mind.

Are they cliches? Yep. Compare the idea that none of these issues make these men more likable, but respectively it’s how they sell that part of themselves – to themselves.

Spence should want to see his brain by now, but don’t we all know what it’s like to push something that might break you away from your top list of priorities? Sometimes success only rears its head when you face those fears. If you care about how men face their fears (or don’t) as a team, a team of just men, Ballers is your show. You’ll be inside men and whoever they have been inside. I mean, what they have learned in the world of the characters on screen, of course.

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Stephanie King

I am a meticulous writer. Story is my strong suit.

I do not waste time on political "critique" or paranoid "undertones" that might have been an inspiration to a story writer, but clearly are not a main or secondary theme.

I can identify high concept, main and sub theme(s), protagonists and antagonists, secondary character roles, the turning point, the key, the antagonist's story thrust, the spine, twelve sequences, the climax, the resolution, and most importantly, the goal of any film. I am aware of the act structure which can be from three to five acts, generally.

Aristotle elaborates in his Poetics on Plato's Republic on act structure.

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