AVClub: While “Machete Charge” boasts a lot of issues in terms of the objectification of women and just a general sense of narrative sloppiness, including contrived writing, one of its biggest problems is its lack of narrative structure. I’ve mentioned before that Ballers has been striking a precarious balance between being a drama and a comedy, and for the first time all season, that balancing act results in disaster. “Machete Charge” has an interesting concept at its core. It’s an episode that takes a broad look at how athletes can potentially ruin their careers. More specifically, it muses on how football is all these guys have, how it’s their whole identity. While it’s not exactly easy to create sympathy for multi-millionaires, there’s something to be said for the immense pressure that many athletes face on a daily basis. Most of them have been bred for their particular sport since childhood, and it’s all they know.