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And Just Like That, Entourage Is Awesome Again

Submitted by on August 16, 2010 – 10:19 amNo Comment

We write about Entourage a lot on this site. Our ragtag group of scribes is a diverse bunch yet, for most of us, this HBO series is mandatory viewing. Last night’s episode in one word? Epic.

The previous week’s cliffhanger storyline of Vinnie Chase (Adrian Grenier) succumbing to “d’evils” of drugs promised to deliver, and did it ever. For the first time, Vinnie’s actually becoming as interesting as the characters whose lives revolve around him, allowing Grenier the chance to flex his acting chops a little more. For an hour-long show so fast-paced scenes seem to last microseconds, multiple themes were carefully explored last night and each main character’s storyline was intense: Eric (aka “E”) continues to juggle pre-marital life with Sloan while injecting energy into a stalled career; Drama‘s anger at people’s lack of faith in his abilities to carry his own TV show is reaching a boiling point; Turtle‘s flexing his business muscle like never before with his Mexican tequila dealings (although Dania Ramirez‘s sub-par acting as his new girlfriend, Alex, is distracting); and Ari is at the biggest crossroads of his career, with his future (he’s poised to own Los Angeles’s first NFL franchise) being affected by his past (his fraught relationship with ex-staffer Lizzie Grant). Ari and Lizzie’s intense, honest exchanges regarding both personal and professional issues are a highlight, with Lizzie’s character the latest in a line of strong female powerhouses.

It’s Vince’s new persona, however, that’s giving the show new life (we’re up to Episode 85, after all). It’s clear Vince hasn’t been the same since the season’s first episode, where he hurt himself attempting to perform his own movie stunt and emerged a rebel without a cause. Armed with a devil-may-care attitude (and boo’ed up with real-life adult film star Sasha Grey, pictured above) Vince’s drug- and alcohol-infused spiral is the reason his once golden career now hangs in the balance.

According to the show’s Wikipedia page, after these episodes, Entourage will return in summer 2011 for a shortened season. It will be the show’s last and will likely contain six episodes. A film is also planned after the series ends.

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