July 12th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
Welcome back "Entourage" fans! Let's jump right in.
As business-like (and generally "meh") as last week's season premiere episode was, this week's show was a fast-paced party that delivered a nice dose of that old familiar magic. (Wait a minute....did I just make the first two episodes of the new season of "Entourage" sound like a mullet haircut?)
In last week's blog, I took a moment to list some items I wanted larger doses of this season while also mentioning a few things of which I could see less. Apparently, the same HBO gods that delivered my Ari Gold, "we're going to hell, so bring your sunblock," screen saver also heard my cry, and saw fit to grant me more Shauna Roberts!
Score! For some odd reason, Vince's snarky publicist just floats my boat; I'm convinced that she's the macaroni AND the cheese. Her snappy exchanges with pretty much any character are enthralling, and Debi Mazar (who plays Roberts) brings fantastic flavor to the show in this role.
This week's show just reeked of cool: In addition to more Shauna, we also got a cameo from Dallas Cowboys' mega-mogul owner Jerry Jones and a scene with the always incredulous Bob Saget, a.k.a. Bobby Sags. (I call him "Bobby Sags" much like you refer to Curtis Jackson as "50 Cent," since Saget's alter-ego is more prevalent now than that other guy who played the dad on "Full House.") Though Bob's cameo was brief, he did great work as usual. Jerry wasn't bad, but...he shouldn't quit his day job.
Meanwhile, there were other plot points that made "Entourage" as entertaining as ever. From Lloyd's latest intriguing choice in transportation (the 2010 Chevy Camaro SS/RS) to Maria Menounos' sharp stab at Shauna after her "all-access" interview with Vince, I thought the show provided all the original comforts of why we fell in love with it in the first place.
While there weren't many "wow!" moments, there was great dialogue (the repartee between Eric and Scotty Lavin, Ari and Lloyd, Drama and Lloyd as well as Shauna and Eric all delivered) and the editing in many scenes was timed to perfection. By the end, I thought the show flipped over to "fantastic" as Vince jumped out of a plane in his latest thrill-seek. Let's see where his adrenaline-junkie antics will take him next after that plunge.
Elsewhere, Turtle and Drama's travails continued, but to a lesser degree. Each had a few scenes that updated their stories, but the show's writers didn't take deep dives into their situations, and I'm perfectly fine with that.
It was a solid show for me, and I think we're in store for another good show next week. I also caught a few mentions of some shenanigans that may pay dividends in upcoming episodes. After all, the show can always use an appearance by Jeffrey Tambor, a scene with Andrew Klein in rehab and a look at Sophia Loren's chandelier (as long as Ms. Loren accompanies the piece of fine lighting that Mrs. Ari is interested in purchasing).
Two episodes are in the books and I've enjoyed half of them. Next week, we'll dust off the "Mojo-meter" (used to accurately calculate the amount of Mojo in past season's episodes) to see exactly how "Entourage" is performing, or if the whole "jumped the shark" mantra applies. I'm not willing to label it just yet, so stay tuned.
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