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Entourage is a half hour long comedy-drama about young movie star Vincent Chase and his best friend and manager Eric Murphy. Filling out the entourage are high school friend Turtle and Vince's brother Johnny "Drama" Chase. High powered, ambitious and foul mouthed agent Ari Gold also helps to manage Vince's career. HBO 2004-11


Episode 1 - Fantasy Island

29 March 2012

Synopsis: Eric has a new client and Ari gets a new offer for Vince. Desperate for him to get the job they both race down to Mexico where Vince and Turtle are chilling out on a private beach. They convince him to come back only to discover that it was all a set up to get Emile Hirsch in the film for a better deal. Johnny is shooting new publicity pictures for Five Towns and causes a fuss when he refuses to be shot from the right. He is still maintaining a long distance relationship with Jacqueline (from 412).

The Good: It’s good to see that Medellin was a failure and that Vince has to deal with the consequences of that. It’s the first time Vince has failed and that should provide some interesting stories for this season. It’s interesting that the characters take shots at the poor makeup job Vince had during the film because as viewers we know it looked bad but it wasn’t clear if the producers (of Entourage, not Medellin) knew that.

Essentially though this is business as usual for Entourage. Johnny and Turtle provide the laughs and Eric and Ari provide the story twists. Turtle being buried in the sand and then rushing off to have sex quickly before they leave is pretty funny. Johnny’s silly story is predictable though he does get the best line (see Comic Highlight). It will be interesting to see where his relationship with Jacqueline goes.

Eric is the one who is actually changing here, with a secretary and allegedly two clients. The others point out how similar to Ari he looks but we of course see he is quite different when he gently encourages his new client.

The Bad: For best friends Eric and Vince seemed strangely business like throughout. At first that seems to be the story because Vince calls Eric out for jumping straight to business talk without saying hello. But then when Eric tries to convince Vince to come back it is all career talk. He asks if he wants to be remembered for Medellin? He claims he needs Vince to do well because he feels bad. It just doesn’t seem like Eric cares about Vince’s feelings. I don’t think that is what they meant to portray, the writing was just a little impersonal.

Comic Highlight: The king of understatement Johnny Drama tries to empathise with Eric over the bad reviews for Medellin. “I remember crying myself to sleep when Roger Ebert singled out my performance in License to Drive as the end of the golden age of cinema.”

Victory?: A so-so episode. Exactly what you would expect from the returning Entourage. The key to this season will be whether their failure changes Vince and Eric or if everything stays the same.



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