We are greeted by a more daring Vince while the other blokes face new challenges in the seventh season of Entourage.
We are greeted by a more daring Vince while the other blokes face new challenges in the seventh season of
WATCHING Entourage is sort of like flipping through a glossy gossip magazine and getting a sneak peek into the lives of celebrities. Lindsay Lohan’s in and out of rehab, Mel Gibson axed from the set of The Hangover II, whatever. It is all about the celebresphere we call Hollywood.
In Entourage, Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his posse are of course fictional characters but they’re built around real time celebrity Mark Wahlberg’s experiences as an up-and-coming film star.
The series has entered its seventh season and though some may wonder how the show has lasted so long, I still tune in every season if just to check what these blokes are up to. With just 10 episodes per season, it doesn’t get to be too indulgent but fun.
The season opens with Vince back on the A-list and the debacle that was Medellin is long forgotten.
Ari (Jeremy Piven) is as loud and proud as ever and with reason as he now owns the biggest talent agency in Hollywood.
Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) is in limbo for a while but soon he too scores a TV deal, E (Kevin Connolly) is happy to be engaged to the love of his life and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) has a brand new business to manage.
But it’s TV and it’s Hollywood so something dramatic has to happen. And it does.
So far, although he is the main character, Vince has become quite one dimensional. OK, let us not beat around the bush: his character has become increasingly boring. His supporting cast, namely Ari and Drama and even Turtle, were beginning to steal the limelight more than a little.
But not this season. Vince is starring in a new movie directed by Nick Cassavetes ( The Notebook, My Sister’s Keeper), who plays himself.
Cassavetes kind of bullies Vince into doing his own racing stunt and though there is a slight mishap, the experience gives him confidence. All of a sudden, he feels like a man. He can do anything. And he goes skydiving without even consulting his buddies.
The old Vince used to pow-wow with the guys before even ... buying a shirt. For the new Vince, skydiving sets the pace of a new phase of life: that of a full-fledged diva. If you thought he was a sweet pushover before, you won’t recognise him this season. He becomes a bit of a dousche.
For me, it’s a relief to see another facet to his character. It’s a development that’s been at least five seasons coming.
Ari’s story gets a little more interesting, too. He begins the season as he always does: arrogant and potty-mouthed. He rarely speaks to his staff, he screams at them. He is always blowing off family engagements for work, leaving his wife (Perry Reeves) extremely frustrated and annoyed.
Well, this season Mrs Ari kicks his ass. You’ve seen Ari apologise to her but have you seen him almost grovel? A grovelling Ari, let me assure you, is really, really funny.
This time around, the stories about the rest of the crew take a backseat. E has to come to terms with the new Vince as well as the fact that his engagement will curtail his partying with the guys. Turtle tries to stand on his own two feet, attempting to run his own businesses.
Drama is still trying to land a role that will make him a star like his brother. He has a shot this time but it kind of involves him wearing a costume of sorts. Entourage definitely picks up this season. The seventh season of Entourage airs on HBO (Astro Channel 411) on Mondays at 9pm with repeats on Sundays 3.40pm.
No more Mr Nice Guy: Vince (Adrian Grenier, on bike) isn’t a pushover any more. In Season Seven of Entourage, he becomes the stereotypical mean superstar. Watching him are (from left) Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), E (Kevin Connolly) and Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon).