Sunday, November 23, 2008

5.12 - Return To Queens Blvd - Review

What Happened This Week? The Gang returned home in hopes of finding peace, but it's soon derailed by Eric's meddling with a new Gus Van Sant film, with it only to end up with Martin Scorsese calling Vince and asking him to be the lead in his new film. He accepted.

The Funniest Lines? "Turtle! Get your fat ass home!" “What's the idiot saying?"

The Funniest Cameo? Martin Scorsese. Michael Phelps. Gus Van Sant. Has there ever been another episode where this much talent has been present? Gus Van Sant was shockingly more than a cameo and could have been an arc for next season, but Ellin threw us a curveball with Scorsese making an appearance. I can't wait to hear Ellin recount the tale of how he landed Scorsese.

What Made This Episode? You mean besides the utterly insane Martin Scorsese cameo episode at the end? The friction that was finally cut out between Vince and Eric. As much as I may have had a problem with the way Vince treated Eric, it still felt nice to bring the anger that has been bubbling all season to the surface. A little disappointed by the end, but I have a feeling the next season may be a bit gloomy.

Gripes? You're really making me answer this question?

How could Vince be so cold? Despite his career floundering, I was surprised to see how angry he was. He's luckier than anyone could imagine. He was the star of the highest grossing film of all time. He has a brother who continues to support him. He has a chauffeur who doesn't charge a dime. And to top if off, another friend who could be making millions as an agent, but chooses to stick around and remain loyal.

But Vince didn't care. Yelled. Screamed. Cursed. Arguably, Vince wouldn't be where he is, or rather, was, without Eric constantly barking at Ari and remaining alert. It was uncalled for by a character I'm supposed to sympathize with.

I watched the sequence about three more times. I realized that I was wishing Eric wouldn't take back his position as Vince's manager. It'd be an interesting notion: what would Vince do without Eric, a possibility Vince mentioned himself?

On The Next Season Of Entourage: Martin Scorsese and Vince make the film, but after a disastrous test screening that has Vince pegged as an "unlikeable lead", Scorsese is forced to cut down his potential Oscar bid peformance, thus bringing Ari and The Gang back into the worrying zone. It's all an assumption, of course.

Next Week? You do mean next year, right? Course you do. I have zilch to report on the matter. Or do I? Stay tuned.


Anonymous andyk said...

why are you so negative about next season? i mean after everything they went through already if vince cannot finish a film with scorsese and be successful then he is done as an actor... that shit doesnt even happen to lindsay lohan... he fucked up aquaman 2, medellin, then smokejumpers, even the ramones project, and that other project with dana gordon that never happened...

he needs a break and i think the perfect comeback for next season would be to show how vinny is back on top, after being to the lowest point (back in his house in queens with his mom yelling at him like if he was drama). he is now hoping for an oscar, but maybe now he has once again directors or studios fighting for him... who knows. i hope the angle goes more in that direction and not him continuing to struggle to find a job. its season 6, been roughly 6 years of their lives since the show started and they vince did "head on", and he does not have much to show, especially after aquaman, so he needs a break or else he is officially done. think about any young actor who you havent seen in three years, and he is probably done.

November 23, 2008 at 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought Vince would be the same guy whether or not on top or not. Dissappointed E got blamed. Showed Vulnerability and that he's no longer mr. Laid back

November 23, 2008 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

You can't have everyone in "la-la land" every episode. There has to be a conflict and a resolution.

A perfect situation for conflict is Vince being fantastic in the film, but the audience simply isn't willing to accept him as a star again. It's the Rourke effect. It'd ultimately come down to Vince deciding to do what's best for the film and agree with Scorsese to cut his role down.

Would I be happy with something else? Yeah, obviously. I hope they do find another way to enter the season. It's much more satisfying for me a viewer.

November 23, 2008 at 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Duffman said...

I think after a season of them not being in "La-La Land," they will Allow Vince to be good again, or good enough to begin recieving roles again, i.e. working with Van Sant, possibly the Ramones project. As for Ellin being able to get Scorsese to appear, I have a feeling Wahlberg had something to do with that, since he worked with him in The Departed. Hell Scorsese must like him since he was the only one left alive.

November 24, 2008 at 2:43 AM  
Anonymous entfan said...

So, Season 5 has wrapped, with Vincent Chase set to star in a Martin Scorcese movie, thanks to the ever diligent workings of manager and best bud Eric "E" Murphy.

Drama has found a 2nd career as a bar owner (hey, someplace he can try out his recipes), and Turtle has a girl (you go, Sal)!

E has begun to branch out and finally has a client who appreciates him. Season 6 is surely going to separate him more from his movie star friend. He never should have agreed to go back as Vince's manager at the end of this episode as is.. he's way to loyal to a self-absorbed guy like Vince.

HBO announced last night that Season 6 is already in production. They are set to begin filming in Feb/Mar 2009 and will hit the airwaves June 2009!

Let the speculation begin.......

November 24, 2008 at 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Brandan said...

How is Vince a self absorbed guy? He's put his three best friends on his back for how long now? If it wasn't for Vince, Drama wouldn't have an agent, Turtle would be stuck in Queens, and Eric would still be "spinning pizzas back East".

Its easy to see why Vince was mad, he wasn't able to do the thing he loves and in return he made a mistake by firing E(the guy who told him to do his outstanding project Queens Blvd. The guy who found the next best agent in the town in Amanda. The guy who had put up his own money to help fund a project that Vince really wanted to do. The guy who didn't blame Vince when he stuck by the absent for a season Billy Walsh.) Eric is easily the most personal character.

He has to deal with so much but very little gets credit. He just got Charlie a stand up performance on Kimmel! And a freaking pilot!

And why would Vince want to lose his best friend for over 25 years? If he truly felt that Eric was incapable of making good decisions for him then he would have never asked him back. But Vince knows better.

Season 6 should be similar to Season 2. Vince was able to get Aquaman with James Cameron based off of the first 10minutes of a 4hr movie(Queens Blvd.), and now he got Scorsese with less than a week worth of dailies.

Vince is long overdue for some stardom. I think he'll have an Oscar winning performance, and the movie will be amazing. But the problem will be that Vince doesn't get recognized by the Academy. So, even more determined than this season, he'll be looking for the perfect role. How does that sound?

November 24, 2008 at 7:03 AM  
Anonymous Joe said...

Great way to end a great season. I seriously did not see this coming. When Vince fired Eric, I was waiting for the credits to start rolling, and then I realized we still had 10 minutes of airtime remaining.

I'm curious to see where next season will start off. Will they do what they did with Aquaman and come back when the movie is premiering, or will they pull a Medellin and start with them making the movie. If I had to guess, it will be after the movie premiers. Can't wait until Summer 2009!!

November 24, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Anonymous entfan said...

Brandan- not to be rude, but I'm gonna guess you're in college (or high school even).....
Last night's episode showed that all the growth Vince did this season was for naught. He is still totally absorbed in himself. When he found out Drama was buying the bar, Vince looked disguisted. This is because he realized everyone was moving on but him. E has his business, Turtle has his girl, and Drama was opening a bar with is name on it. Any poster that says Vince has supported his "boys" has it turned around. They've held him up this whole time. True support is not financial, its the emotional and unconditional. Drama, Turtle and E have stuck by him since his days as a kid back in Queens. The real underlaying of the show is about the friendship these guys have, and Vince sh*t on it when he blamed E for his failures. That is why he is still self-absorbed.

November 24, 2008 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Aria. said...

OMG!.... and that's all i got to fucking say about this season finale.

November 24, 2008 at 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Brandan said...

lol, Yes I'm in college for whats its worth.

When I saw Vince's look(for Drama's restaurant)I saw a look of disappointment/shame for himself than disapproval for Drama. Everything was falling apart and he needed some vindication. Unfortunately he took it out on the guy who was there from the start. He had a legit reason to be upset, and he's not used to the position he was in, if that makes him self absorbed, then it does.

November 24, 2008 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Joe said...

I dunno, I took the look Vince gave as one of those "Drama's being an idiot again" looks.

November 25, 2008 at 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe Vince blamed E for his stupid mistakes...E did everything for vince to prevent him from falling but Vince was the one who made the stupid mistakes, E told him the movie he made was bad but Vince thought otherwise.

The season should of ended with E leaving the gang, I know there are BFF but it would of been great anticipation for next season with the gang without E but I guess it was ok.

November 25, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

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