Entourage: Drive (season premiere)
(S06E01) "Can we drive with the airbags deployed?" - Drama
The boys are back, and as I mentioned in my Early Look review last week, everything we knew about Entourage finally seems to be evolving. Some of it's logical and some of it's forced so that the story progresses, but all of it makes sense. Entourage was due for an overhaul if you think about it, and what could be more perfect than seeing what life is like for the guys when they aren't constantly worrying about Vince's career?
You think Turtle would have ever had time to smoke a J in a hot tub with Jamie-Lynn Sigler if Scorsese hadn't called Vince? I don't think so.
That fact right there, the Scorsese call, might be the biggest forced plot device of the season. But like I said - whether you believe Vince is good enough or not to be in a Marty Scorsese flick is irrelevant because it was necessary to get where we're going.
A lot of the premiere was familiar territory with just a lot more emphasis. E's love life is easy fodder for humor at this point, but seeing him play the field is just as mesmerizing for us as it is for Drama and Turtle. That's the uncharted territory but it doesn't seem like all the women will last long with Sloan back in the picture. You really do have to question her motives here. Is she just trying to be a friend or is she trying to mold Eric into the man he never could be by living with the rest of the guys? Something tells me we'll see a lot of her at his new place.
Turtle clearly has plans for the future, too, but it's a little iffy because the guilt of abandoning Vince definitely weighs on him. Having someone successful like Jamie-Lynn push Turtle is definitely the lynch pin, but other smaller factors like Vince finally getting his license certainly can't hurt. That was another forced development. The only reason he got the license is because his next project is the Enzo Ferrari bio-pic. What would have happened if Vince landed something else? Turtle would still be behind the wheel. Now Vince just needs to learn how to drive safely.
As for Drama and Lloyd, they're like polar opposites. Drama is still content just doing what he does on Five Towns (no real change there) while Lloyd refuses to let his career stagnate any longer. I think it's a safe bet that he will become a junior agent, and I can't wait for it to happen. Lloyd dealing with celebrities will be comic gold.
A few more thoughts on the season premiere:
No mention of that bar Drama bought at the end of last season?
Ari and Lloyd's exchange about Mad Men and how they'll all have heart disease, lung cancer, and cirrhosis by season four was hilarious.
Speaking of Ari, I'm loving the interaction between him and Andrew - they're great together.
It's not often that Entourage feels dated, but the time in between seasons really killed it this time. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Greg Garcia/My Name is Earl in one ep? Ouch.
And speaking of Leno, I was really hoping we'd see a scene from Gatsby.
And speaking of Gatsby, I was also really hoping that the premiere would have featured at least one or two scenes of Vince filming in NYC, but the film has already wrapped.
How about that final scene? Has there ever been a shot where Vince is totally alone on this show? And I don't mean when he's filming something and you just don't see anyone else. I mean alone. He still has his friends, but they've got their own lives now. Looks like Vince may actually have to take control of his own life for once, which leads me right into my favorite exchange of the ep - Lloyd taking control of his:
Ari: "I will not be strong-armed, Lloyd!"
Lloyd: "You just were, Ari Gold!"