7.01 - Stunted - Review
What Happened This Week? Vince almost killed himself with a stunt; Ari ignored the wife; Drama haggled with the studio over his holding deal.
The Funniest Line? Not a spectacularly funny night, but Ari's-- "I don't give a shit" -- was a nice button on the scene.
Welcome Back: Okay, so not the best premiere. I'm perfectly willing to admit that Entourage has lost a bit of its sizzle. The dialogue isn't as witty, the story isn't as entertaining and because they've given Vince practically everything a movie star can have, he's no longer interesting to watch.
What Made This Episode? Drama realizing that this industry is fucking brutal. That he can only live as the brother of Vincent Chase for so long, that he's not a star, but that he has to fucking work for it. It's a nice conflict, especially after Drama's cushy gig on Five Towns afforded the writers to lay low on his story. He was by far and away the most interesting aspect tonight.
Gripes? Why do I find myself... bored? The last time I was truly entertained, truly surprised, was when Martin Scorsese told Vince he was bringing him on board Gatsby. It was a phenomenal moment and one of the best the show has ever had, but now, resorting to episode's about a stunt that will obviously turn out fine... hey, it's not working. At least not for me. I need more conflict for Vince. I need to see him actually worry. And with Walsh coming back soon, hopefully the conflict is big.
Oh, and Turtle. I like Jerry Ferrara. He was part of what made the show so damn charming in the earlier seasons, but he's the fall guy now. Ridiculous sub-plot and ridiculous sub-plot just makes Turtle so much less of a character for me.
Cameo City: Hey, it's Nick... that son whose father was really, really talented! Yeah, that guy! He did look like he could kick the shit out of me, though. So respsect. And for Top Chef fans -- Stefan Richter made a brief appearance.
Where Do We Go? I'm hesistant to say that Entourage can't make a return to greatness, but it's looking like the show will stay a level of Vince is rich, Ari really doesn't have any problems and Drama is the most interesting character. Hopefully, I'm wrong. I really, really hope.
Next Week? In two weeks (yes, two), Ari takes a meeting with the NFL; Vince makes a drastic change; Turtle must deal with his former employee.