(S05E02) "No indies E! Think of it like the Holocaust - never again!" - Ari
Ever since the beginning of Entourage, I've been waiting for this episode. As much as I love Vince, it's been a long time coming for his "I'll do whatever the hell I want" mentality to finally come full circle and bite him in the ass. His career is in the toilet, Ari even admitted that his worth as an actor "remains to be seen," and E is officially taking his own career more seriously. If Vince wants a comeback, then it's going to be up to him and I love that it's been set up that way. Up until now, his failures have been a direct result partly because of his reliance on Eric and partly because of his own laissez-faire, "what will be will be" attitude. If he screws it all up now, it's his own fault.
(S05E01) "Our next film is Medellin - the ultra-violent story of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar starring Vincent Chase in a fat-suit in bad make-up that makes him look like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a case of Twinkies." - Richard Roeper
Ouch. It's been six months since Cannes, Medellin is getting a straight-to-DVD release, and people are still talking about it. One of the worst films of the year. I can't say that I'm surprised. Considering how last season ended and what we've come to expect from Entourage, this felt less like a season premiere and more like just another episode. Vincent Chase can only stay down and out hidden in Mexico for so long before the allure of his almost dead career came calling.
Vinney was playing with dynamite. It wasn't good for Vincent's career, but it was great for Entourage. Failure is always funnier than success, isn't it?
Well, as bad as viewers thought Medellin seemed to be based on the brief scenes we saw last season, in the September 7th premiere on HBO, the media weighs in. At the Movies' critics Michael Phillips and Richard Roeper filmed a fictional review of Medellin to be shown in season premiere of Entourage, and it's not good. In fact, if they were stilling using the thumb-o-meter, Medellin would get two big thumbs-down.
That's good to know -- especially in these dog days of summer TV -- but if you want to know what's going to happen next, read on. Both Jerry Ferarra and Kevin Connolly, Turtle and E, got a little chatty with OK! magazine's Oliver Coleman.
If you don't want to know how things are going to unfold in season five, don't read after the jump.
(S04E12) "In France, I'm a Viking god." - Drama
Medellin. We've been talking about it all season. We've seen clips, a ridiculously good trailer for the film, and even a "making of" documentary. Despite all the positive hype, we've only had one question: what if it sucks? Well guess what? It sucks... a lot. Amidst a frantic and hyper crowd at Cannes, Medellin's screening worked like a sedative. Only Billy and Vince seemed to be enjoying the film as if they were in on some joke. It even garnered a few "boos." To be honest, it felt anti-climactic to me if only because this was exactly what I've been expecting. This was the only logical outcome. Everything always comes up roses for this crew. They needed a reality check and this proved to be the perfect vehicle for it.
(S04E11) "Ninety-seven minutes, E." - Drama
It just keeps getting better. Like everyone else, I've complained here and there about some of the mediocre episodes that have aired this summer. However, it's hard to stay angry when we get one like this. It was perfect really. Hands down, one of the best written episodes of Entourage -- spanning all four seasons. Think about it. When was the last episode that flawlessly integrated every character into the action as well as guest spots from Kanye West, Sydney Pollack, and Anna Faris?
(S04E10) "I like being E." - Turtle
Back to the season. This episode did what we like to call "advance the plot." Remember the plot? This show had one at one point, and as much as I've enjoyed the past few episodes exploring E's choices, I'm glad we finally got back to what the show is all about: Vince's career. Another cool factor? Eric had nothing to do with it this time around. As many folks predicted in last week's poll, right out of the gate E seemed to be focusing his energy on Anna and putting Vince on the back-burner. Doubt very much that'll last too long.
As many readers and commenters have pointed out, for the biggest part of today, the official Medellin website was plagued with bugs. Most notably, the inability to stream the trailer without having some crazy HBO password. Perhaps this was due to high site traffic because it worked fine for me at the crack of dawn this morning. Regardless, and I'm not sure for how long now, but the site is back up and running smoothly. So for those of you that missed the trailer following last night's episode of Entourage, here's your chance to see what's being heralded as the second coming of Scarface. Too bad it's not real. Additionally, there's a bunch of photos from the film as well as an interview with Vince. I don't think it's related to the interview he did with Elvis Mitchell in the episode, but it's still a fun read. Apparently all Vince ate to bulk up for the role was Drama's spaghetti carbonara. Looks like it worked.
(S04E03) "Yeah, it was real cozy listening to you snore all night Turtle. And please... tell me I didn't catch you whacking it at four AM?" - Eric
The thought of Turtle tugging it while I'm right next to him repulses me. I can't say that I blame E, but I guess that's what you have to expect when you're living in tight quarters with Drama. As many folks predicted, Drama's condo (which he technically couldn't afford) has become home to the gang... because Vince can't afford anything. Medellin needs to get some positive buzz and as Vince and Ari have realized, that's not going to happen with Eric running around saying the film sucks. The whole ordeal has created this pseudo-fight between Vince and E and so far, I think it's one of the best story lines the show has had.
(S04E01) "Medellín is not a movie. It's a life. It's how it is. And I defy anyone to define where life stops and the film starts... or vice versa." - Billy Walsh
I have to say, a two week season hiatus for a show like Entourage might be the best thing ever. Granted, once this season ends we probably won't see new episodes for another two years... but hey, live in the moment. What we got though was something special, unlike anything Entourage has tackled in its previous 42 episodes. A documentary look at the making of Vincent Chase's latest feature. A blend of the humor we've come to expect from this show was merged with a heavy dose of reality and drama -- what goes into making a film under the harshest of conditions. It's a layer of the show that we haven't seen before and I hope that it can continue when the normal format returns next week.
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