Friday, July 23, 2010

What I’m Watching: Entourage

Entourage: Season 7, Episode 3 “Dramedy” (B+)

Everything is really kicking into gear in this episode as each of the characters gets something concrete to do that should keep them occupied for the next couple of weeks. Vince is still kicking back and relaxing as he doesn’t have much to do, living it up and racing people on motorcycles (“can’t be careful, we’re racing!”) in the middle of searching for jobs with the help of Eric’s number one nemesis Scott. Turtle’s financial woes may give him his most interesting plotline in years, allowing him to reconnect with Alex and embark on some new, potentially illegal international venture. As long as Alex doesn’t start bleeding from the eyes and reveal that she has a twin brother, I’m happy to have her around. I like the spot-on casting of Jeff Garlin, who stars on another long-running HBO comedy series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” as the Emmy-winning writer brought in by Lloyd to reinvigorate his finances and Drama’s career. I like Eric and Drama together, and I think that Drama and John Stamos can hopefully do some good work and help put Drama back in the game. Even though I always tend to like Ari’s plotlines, here he has a fresh and interesting one, for once putting his wife’s wishes ahead of his desire to succeed. I enjoyed Ari not threatening his employee’s jobs but their lives, and I was also delighted to see him take part in a dramatic plotline for a change. His delivery of “I’m sorry, kid, but I’m not the one who’s going to satisfy you” was very impressive. If only the Emmys weren’t over Jeremy Piven – he’s probably going to deserve his accolades at the end of this season just as much as in years past.

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