OIL CHECK: As is often the case after a Season of Game of Thrones, I end up with HBO for a month or two before I get around to canceling it. I never seem to get around to working my way through the shows that I should: the Wire and such, but end up poking through their documentaries and such. Anyway, I clicked on to The Rock's "Ballers" last night and ended up watching all three episodes.
I can't help by find Dwayne Johnson as an ex-NFL player turned financial manager. He's of course as charming as hell, mind you. But I can't decide if this show is good or just sort of a hot mess. It's certainly fun. I like the drama on this side of the athlete's life - post-career depression, egos and inadequacy, and all that. I like the characters, I like the actors. But I'm not sure I like the show or not -- the story arcs are thin interludes to The Rock flashing a smile or being awesome, after all. But I'll keep at it.