TVOM: Ballers began its freshman voyage last week, in which it premiered admirably. The ratings were good for an HBO comedy, and it showcased an intriguing premise, coupled with a talented cast. The challenge in any second episode is to maintain. A show has to continue all of its strongest elements from the first episode, and translate that into a sustainable model. People need to not only remain interested, but their interest needs to increase from a first to a second episode. It’s not an easy thing to do, but Ballers did that for me.