Can we all just forget that season three of Entourage ever happened? Sure, it had its moments, but it paled in comparison to those first two spectacular years. The show had hit a lull and it didn’t seem like a sure thing that Entourage was ever going to get out of it. The ambitious season four premiere was great, but it wasn’t indicative of how the season would play out. It was an atypical Entourage episode, and therefore couldn’t be put in the same category as the Entourage we’re used to. Last night, though, we got confirmation: Entourage is back, and in a big way.
Entourage has never been known for its “storytelling” or “conflict” or “character development”, but Sunday’s episode showed some maturity in those areas. This is what went down. Vinnie is out of money and needs Medillin to be good in order for Ari to get him another big time job. Billy Walsh, the crazy auteur, refuses to screen the film, even though he’s worked on it for months on end. He finally agrees to show it to Vinnie and E, but steals the only print of the film and goes on the lam. Vinnie and E finally convince Billy to screen the film after searching for him and pleading with him all day. Afterwards, they congratulate Billy on a job well done. However, in the car, E asks if they’re both on the same page. E thought it was terrible. Vinnie loved it. Uh-oh.
That sets up a great story line for the remainder of the season. Is Medillin good? Lots of times, even studios aren’t sure of how good a film is until they receive the mass critical and public reaction. I think that’s going to be the case for Medillin. Some will love it, some will hate it, and there’s going to be a lot of questions unanswered until the film premieres.
The star of the episode was certainly Billy Walsh, who has become a revelation lately. His antics last night were positively insane, and a glimpse into the egomania and neurosis that some Hollywood directors certainly display. Just take a look at this video of David O. Russel on the set of “I Heart Huckabees”. (Warning: Extreme Language)
Entourage looks to be back on the right track and, hopefully, it will stay there.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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