August 23rd, 2010
01:35 PM ET
I'm a little disturbed, "Entourage" fans, and not just because it’s Monday.
It appears the beloved crew from Queens is officially "a man down,” and if the signs we've seen in Vince this season are par for the course, the "Entourage" will cease to exist long before the show ends next summer.
But let me back up for a minute. You know, as "Entourage" starts each week, there's always that familiar feeling of, "OK, let's see what's gonna happen next!” Then as things wind down and the sweet music kicks in to set up the next episode, I think out loud to no one in particular: "OK, let's see what's gonna happen next." It ends as it begins. Always.
This week, the show did end as it began, but this time, I was sitting there motionless in stunned disgust. Let's see if I can find the exact height of this disgust…Ah yes, here it is: I threw up in my mouth a little bit.
Not to say that "Sniff Sniff, Gang Bang" wasn't a good episode, because it was - but it was also disturbing. As much as I enjoyed seeing Ari Gold struggle to make things right again and the continuing saga of Drama's dissatisfaction with "Johnny goes Bananas,” the episode moved my meter in a distinctly new direction.
Vince's behavior - such as the make-out marathon in the opening scene - is "concerning," but Eric put it best: Vince is in free fall. The problem is he's really annoying on his way down, and I don't like Vince Chase anymore. (THIS Vince Chase can kick rocks. He's GOT to go...Please, for the love of Peter, Paul AND Mary, bring back Aquaman or Pablo Escobar. Get rid of this guy.)
So this week, E was the star. As the show went along, the tone of his conversation became more urgent, and also more riveting. It sounded exactly like someone who is managing his best friend's career and is beginning to freak out as he smells the distinct aroma of his downfall.
Ah yes, the downfall. Vince's refusal to take the studio's drug test (among other things), points directly to his stupidity these days, and I'm STILL not sure Sasha Grey is exactly the problem. Sure, dating an adult film star can have its drawbacks (right?), but I think Sasha's presence in his life represents a deeper problem.
But all in all, I thought it was a solid show. Let me also give kudos to the readers and fans (like Santos and Dave) who put the word out on Tequila Avion's brilliant product placement. While it’s only available in New York and California, I'm sure the buzz is "buzzalicious" these days thanks to Vince and the boys enjoying it. (What's that? Oh, the answer is "yes,” I gotta get some.)
One more thing: I'd be remiss if I didn't make mention of this episode’s use of music. “Entourage” has always been stellar when it comes to clever, catchy and sometimes jarring music cues that really hammer home a point about the scenes and character interactions. Since the show began in July, 2004 (the pilot episode featured The Who, Outkast, Jet, Jay-Z and Joe Walsh's "Rocky Mountain Way"), good music has been a basic fixture. But then again, it’s not just "good music" - it’s timely, well-planned "tuning" that adds flavor to the fabric of each show, and I love it.
If I had to pick one, I'd say season six’s episode "Runnin’ on E" had the best soundtrack, but I'm sure you readers have opinions (and iTunes playlists) of your own. For me, hearing the show is just as important as watching, and some old tunes are often given new meaning. This week, the credits rolled with Jared Evan's "In Love With You," a perfect fit for the tenor of the Vince/Eric confrontation as the show concluded.
Here are some of my all-time favorite “Entourage” tunes (and the scenes they came with):
Suicide – "Ghost Rider"
Phoenix – "If I Ever Feel Better"
The Doors – "When the Music's Over"
Edwin Starr – "Easin' In"
Rich Boy – "Throw Some D's"
Did I miss one of your favorite songs from a prior episode? Let me know in the comments, along with whether or not you loved, kinda liked or hated the show. I can't be the only one not feeling Vince right now. See ya next week!
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