Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A look back on Entourage

SPOILER ALERT: I'll be looking back on all 8 seasons of Entourage and there will be spoilers. If you haven't watched it yet... why the fuck haven't you watched it yet?

Created by: Doug Ellin
Starring: C'mon... seriously?

and we're done... I can't believe Entourage is over. Even though it's not set in stone, yes, there'll be a movie eventually but really, Entourage is over. For 8 years, every June we were treated to a few months of great television and nine months of classic re-runs and now it's over. Sure, we'll find something else to fill the void but Entourage will always be there. I know I'll always be quoting it, things will remind me of it and every once in a while i'll catch up with someone or meet someone new that is also an Entourage fanatic so we'll proceed to spout off countless quotes and reminisce classic episodes.

I'll start with the finish. After 8 seasons, Entourage covered a lot of ground, it wasn't just one type of show. It was funny, really funny, dramatic, sad, at times a little repetive but always fun and always a good way to spend half an hour. It won awards and many fans. The thing about such a long running show with so many fans is that it is just impossible to keep everybody happy and you can forget about everybody loving the finale. Some people take the show for what it is, for whatever is given to us and other people want the show to be what they want it to be, only to be pissed off/disappointed when it goes somewhere else. Hey asshole, guess what, this isn't your show, it's Doug Ellin's show and the writers' show and the actors and so on... so just sit back and enjoy it.

Early on, people bitched about it being too much of a fairytale. 'It's unrealistic', something bad has to happen, people need to fail. Then, after a while, things got less rosy, movies failed, relationships failed, Vince spiralled out of control, all that. Then other people bitched about it not being funny anymore and blah blah blah. You know what I say, shut your mouth and enjoy the ride. Early on it was fun to watch everything go right for the boys. And it was funny. Then, whether you want to admit it or not, you get attached to all the characters, especially Ari, even though in real life you wouldn't be friends with a guy like that. So when the writers developed the characters some more and put them through tough times and all that stuff, I cared.

Back to the finish. I like the way Entourage finished. It all worked out. I'm ok with that because essentially, that was one of the underlying themes for 8 seasons. Like E and Vince would always say. "Don't worry. It'll all work out. Trust me". And it did. That's that's my quick little arguement supporting the finish. I do think that the last few episodes happened rather quick though. Although that was half the point of Vince meeting the girl of his dreams and instantly falling for her, I just couldn't buy it. The writers could have easily stretched a short 10 episode season into the regular 12. Not sure why they only did 10. Could be a network thing.

Sloan getting back together with E? I'll tell you what. I thought Adrian Grenier wasn't that special an actor in this show but he did the job. He didn't suck. Funny thing is, the scenes throughout the show that have him 'acting' in movies actually were fucking terrible. Especially in smoke jumpers. He sucked a bag of dicks. I'm on the crazy German director's side with that one. But still, Dana Gordon's boss 'loved what Vince did'. Are you kidding me? Anyway. I digress. Vince's little speech to Sloan which single handedly saved the E-Sloan love story was his best piece of work in the entire show. It was some moving shit. Sorry about all the profanity, Entourage brings it out in me.

My 5 star rating. After maybe 100 episodes of this show, it's impossible to not poke holes in Entourage, to not whinge about something, to not argue that it should have done this and not that. I agree. Certain things could have been different but, I'm not reviewing what the show could have been. I'm reviewing what it was. It was awesome and I loved every bit of it. It had everything. Countless one-liners that will live on through us. Beautiful women. Sex scenes. Parties. Glamour. An insight into Hollywood. Drama. Failures. Drug addictions. Betrayals. Lying. Cheating. Stealing. Suicides. Break-ups. Make-ups and you know what... it all worked out in the end and I wouldn't change a thing.

Favourite cameos:
Matt Damon: "One in six American kids are FOOD INSECURE!"
Andrew Dice Clay: "Nobody fucks Dice. Dice does the fuckin"

Worst cameo: Kanye West (so painful watching him onscreen)
"We goin to London. Jus chillin' for a second"

Favourite characters:
Drama: "nah bro, this shirt is mad-hetero"
Lloyd: "I always imagined a double teaming would be more fun than that"
Ari: "I didn’t go to the Lakers game because they were playing the fucking Bobcats… And I came here today because I thought this was a session on how my wife could learn to communicate, how to answer a question without a question, basic Humanity 101, which I thought, given your wall of fucking diplomas, you could easily fix, or if you couldn’t, you could give her a pill that would either fix it or make her a mute. But now, to turn around and gang up on me? I have work to do. I have hundreds of clients to deal with, and just so we’re clear, I don’t care about ANY OF THEM. They’re ALL just a number, like Wife #1 and Therapist #7… GOOD DAY!"

Favourite recurring characters:
Billy Walsh: "I don't make movies, I make FILMSSS"
Harvey: "Walk the other way David or else I'll pull out your f**king eyeballs"

Favourite minor character: Yayir Marks
"She will hang upside-down while you tickle her asshole"

Entourage on other shows...

a couple scenes from my favourite episode

probably my favourite cameo in the show would be Matt Damon... it's for the kids Vince!

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