101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2010
Caveat Emptor - Buyer beware! For the majority of this series' life, its bread and butter has been Hollywood satire. It's been the funny story of how four guys from Queens with a small amount of guile and virtually no talent have come close to taming Tinseltown.
Past seasons have been summertime bliss. It's been the equivalent of the afterglow you feel leaving a beach-party in a sweet convertible with the rag-top down and the stereo thumping knowing you have crazy stories to tell your friends in the morning.
This season is a sharp departure from all of that. Everything is the inverse of what it was in seasons' past.
The movie star, Vincent Chase, has always been like the (former) planet Pluto. He's loopy, sort of remote and meandering in a different direction than other celebrities in his orbit. His aloofness is what has made him charming, cool and fun - (perhaps because he's the refreshing opposite of the preening divas celebrities normally tend to be.)
But when he emerges from a life-threatening situation in the season's first episode, the Vincent Chase we see is one driven by a cold fury. And this fury takes the entire season into an extremely odd and unexpected direction.
Everyone is affected by this moodswing.
Johnny Drama, who was slowly mounting a comeback before some unfortunate (self-inflicted) mishaps, appears to have completely given up on his dreams. We as viewers have never been privy to Drama when he was not animated by his dual quests for career redemption and to finally be taken seriously as an actor. (What is the B-actor to do when he can no longer find his motivation?)
Nor have we seen Turtle (previously such an unmotivated hanger-on that he could barely get out of bed each morning) so desperate to succeed. His newly-found motivation is so jarring that you want to say "Imposter, who are you and what have you done with Turtle?"
Eric finds himself suddenly paired with an evil doppelganger played by Scott Caan. It's eerie. If Eric was a foolish, chauvinistic, unscrupulous lout who was successful, he would be Ari Gold. If he had the same bad qualities and wasn't successful, he would be Scott. The dynamic between Eric and Scott is fascinating.
Ari remains Ari. Over the years, he's grown rich and powerful while alienating nearly everyone. The proverbial bull in the china shop. His enemies finally decide to gore this bull. What happens to him at the end of this season is surprising but makes perfect sense.
In conclusion, the writers of Entourage tried something different this season. It almost as if we've stepped into a Bizarro universe this time around. It undoubtedly is the most polarizing of the Entourage seasons thus far. I found the writers' effort entertaining and admirable. But, with its extremely dark undertones, this season's not for everyone.
51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2010
"Entourage" is one of my favorite shows, and I own every season. This season however has been the weakest yet, as the storylines disrespect the characters we love, and they are almost all depressing. Vince is going the way of Lindsay Lohan. Turtle is a struggling business owner. Drama and Eric are going through the exact same things they did last season. There is a major lack of fun - the balance is just off. I will remain loyal to the show, but this edition of the series is not it's shining moment.
20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2010
Entourage has lost the fun that made the show so watchable in its early run and the show is just not that great at pulling off dramatic moments. The character of Sasha Grey brought nothing to the show and the other guest stars were very little fun. The show has gone overboard with celebrity cameos and athlete cameos. The main plot of this season is that Vince is now an adrenaline junkie who has gone off the rails - this fails for several reasons. Vince has for the past six years been a laid back guy and now he is intense? Also no disrespect to Adrien Grenier but he cannot act that well and with his character being more central this season that is more apparent. Turtle is a black hole and his misery is hard to swallow considering how fortunate and lucky he is. The only positives of this season was that it was a great showcase for Jeremy Piven to show off his chops; the stuff with Ari being exposed as a crude and abusive guy makes no sense considering that it was almost a given that thats what his character is known for. To Piven's credit he sells it well and it somewhat believable. Entourage has reached the point that some other shows (Weeds comes to mind) where the show is no longer fun and no longer great. Entourage really went off the rails after Season 3 when nothing bad would happen to the guys at all. Life was really perfect for every single one of them. That wasn't realistic and hurt the show but it was still enjoyable at moments. I appreciate that the show is trying to be more "real" this version of Entourage is disappointing.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2010
Talk about not knowing what you're all about.
Let's face it, "Entourage" (well, previous to this season) is candy. You go there to enjoy some light satire, but mostly to watch a group of young guys hang out in Hollywood, lead the high life and chase chicks. "Entourage" has been a great diversion...till now. It seems the actors want to be AC-TORS. Well, that's probably unfair. I doubt the actors have much say in the show's direction.
This season handsome, funloving, reasonably humble Vince has taken a turn toward James Dean (which is not really accurate; as far as I know Dean was not a coke head and did not date porn stars). He's deep this year. Gone to the dark side. Turtle, newly buff, is now an entrepreneur, albeit a bad one. Eric is an engaged bore. Drama...finally...is still consistent Drama. I suppose dufuses are the easiest characters to write for.
Worst of all, the character of Ari is embroiled in constant turmoil (and not the funny kind). In many ways, this character is the mover and shaker of this series. Jeremy Piven's great comedic skills are completely wasted this season. It appears the powers-that-be would rather see him red eyed and mooning over his hysterical wife than popping off wisecracks and KEEPING THE SHOW MOVING. Of all the bad decisions the series producers have made, wasting Piven's talent on soap opera stories is the biggest screw up. The guys running this show would have had Groucho Marx playing Hamlet...badly.
More bad news. The character of Lloyd, excellently played by Rex Lee, is all but gone from the series. What is the rational behind that? Stupidity?
There were some good moves that, because of the overall flatness of the season, did not work out. It was great to bring back the Billy Walsh character, who, unfortunately, is not the Billy Walsh character at all. He is reformed....and damn dull. The idea of having Drama's career ascending, while Vince struggles is a good one. However, that idea is done-in by deciding to get a nuclear bomb to blow up Vince's career. It would have been much more interesting - and more important, funnier - to have Vince simply struggling (bad career decisions, etc.) while Drama falls ass-backwards into success.
The core of the show, formulaic though it may be, was all these young guys, with lots of money, laughing, drinking and standing in amazement at their good fortune when the credits role. The "entourage" is no longer an entourage at all. Let me say that again...the entourage is no longer an entourage at all. You have all of these little subplots pulling each character into their own world (and hence, scenes).
We watched two episodes and my wife turned to me and said, "Why did they ruin this show?" We used to be all over the new episodes as soon as they aired. Now, we see them when we think about it. In fact, episode 10 (I think) has been available since Sunday and we still haven't seen it. We'll get to it when we get to it and if this trend continues into the next season, we'll likely just leave it behind. We don't watch "Entourage" in order to explore the darkness in men's souls. We watch it to be entertained. It's really just cotton candy. That probably does not appeal to the artistes who fancy themselves as Billy Wilder or Orson Welles, but that's the way it is; and if they don't get back in touch with that vibe, this show is done.
1)Why would the idgits running this show not use every excuse possible to get the unbelievably beautiful (and talented) Debi Mazar into every possible scene? Here's an idea. Write out Sloan and give Mazar every scene left vacant.
2)Is it just me or has Hollywood turned (in a clever way, they probably think) against women? It seems I am continuously seeing these hysterical unreasonable female characters (i.e. Ari's wife and her sister). From "Knocked Up" up to Carmelo Soprano (who married a mobster and is simply disgusted by the fact that he does bad things). Hollywood women - RISE UP! Entourage producers - WISE UP!
3)Someone will have to explain to me the big deal about Sasha Grey, the porn star turned would-be legit actress. She is not particularly good looking and stiffness, though of great value in her day job, is not particularly appealing when it comes to acting.
19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2010
I am a huge fan of Entourage, but I have to admit, all the living large and blowing cash while bedding down every girl in town does get old after a while. Who's life is really like that all the time? Let's face it, people cant handle or stomach the truth sometimes. This season brought more truth to how things really are. Celebrities are constantly in re-hab and clubbing around with the wrong crowd. They are people who have problems just like everyone else. Vince has been sheltered by his constant Entourage of boys. It makes sense that when he finally stikes out on his own of course he's gonna fall, hes never had a challenge in his life, his entourage handled all his "challenges so far".(remember the first 6 seasons guys?) To the people who think this season sucks, go turn on a fairy tale that will give you that yearned for happy ending. We live in real life people, the drug addiction, wanting to change a woman, getting married, and Ari's wife finally saying Enough is Enough are all things that happen in REAL LIFE!! I dont watch the show to escape from my own reality. If you need to watch tv for an escape and then chatise writers for not giving you what you want, you are the ones with issues! Grow up and get therapy already. This show is amazing and I am glad that the writers chose to explore the characters in new depth. Lets be honest, life isnt all champagne and roses. Even movie stars arent perfect and have challenges to help them build their character. It would have been a lie to not show these sorts of things happening, after all, it is Los Angeles. Or perhaps some people writing the bad reviews have never been to Los Angeles, in which case they shouldnt even be commenting on that which they know nothing of. Frankly, I am surprised these sorts of story lines werent used in earlier seasons. This season you can really feel for the characters in their situations, they are protrayed as more real. And I absolutely LOVE when the porn star points out to Vince that although she gets paid for sex, he isnt much better than her cuz he sleeps around with lots of women just for the fun of it. Its very sad to see so many people hating on the show because they showed some of the ugly truths that exists in the industry.
Oh, and bringing back Billy Walsh sober and on point was refreshing, as I felt sorry for the character before, from his anger and drinking, he was obviously a character with a lot of pain...its refreshing to see the change and clever to throw it in this season while Vince is spiriling downward. It sets it up so that Walsh, having been where Vince is headed, can be the one to help him see the light and heal from his pain to become himself once again. I still just cant believe some people hating cuz this season was different from the rest. No wonder hollywood can continually recycle the same lame movie/tv ideas and keep remaking them and people keep buying it up. As for me, I love the originality and passion in something new. Im not interested in watching old ideas be continually resurected and re-done with the same endings. Where is everyones imagination gone too? perhaps too many people remain slaves to their 9 to 5s and have lost the light within them.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2010
Season 7 of Entourage was always going to be tough, just like Season 6 and 5 before it...
The show has been based on it's comedy approach for it's life, until the late seasons and I've got to thank the show's producers for offering something different, offering some drama and concerns outside the fun times of the road to success and stardom.
The characters are developing very nicely and showing that they are changing as they grow, along with how they reach out to hold onto the friendships and business partnerships (except Ari) that have seen them reach their highs. We know Entourage won't go on forever and to try to keep it the same so it will always appeal to the early followers would be holding back the potential of some great young actors and their abilities.
I've really enjoyed the entire pace of Entourage and think the producers are right on the money for what has been an extremely entertaining show from episode 1.
Embrace the change, understand that we as people change, regardless of Hollywood exposure or not. We have lows and highs, just like in Vinnie's career and to say the season finale blew me off my seat and has to be an understatement.
Great great work and enjoy it for not going stale and predictible.
24 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2010
This show used to be fun. It used to be entertaining. But in its seventh season, its turned into trash. The basic appeal of the show was a bunch of young guys who were friends living the good life. That formula worked for a very long time. But for some reason they have thrown it out the window in favor of trash not worthy of a soap.
Last season Vince did nothing. This season Vince is suddenly a drug addict chasing porn stars for no particular reason. Eric has no character to speak of. Turtle is all serious. And Drama is trying for comic relief in a show with no sense of humor anymore. The Ari character taken away from everything thats interesting and put into family life drama which nobody wants to see. In short, everything that created appeal in the characters is gone. The show isn't fun and it isn't funny.
Its almost at the level that looks like deliberate sabotage aimed at ending a popular show that nobody wants to be a part of anymore.
Its best to write off the seventh season as a mistake and pretend that the show ended with season six.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2011
The seventh season of Entourage is the weakest by far. Vince's descent in the seedier side of Hollywood is done well but threw off the balance of the show. The show's strength has always been the comedic interplay between Drama, Vince, Turtle, E and Ari. With Vince's character spending most of his time pouting with new girlfriend Sasha Gray and spending time with Scott, the chemistry between the friends is rarely seen this season. Sasha Gray is also a boring addition to the cast. Her character is lifeless and has no chemistry with Vince.
Also, Ari spends the entire season trying to land a NFL team and takes away from the Hollywood shenanigans his character is normally embroiled in.
After watching this season, it feels like the series has gone on too long and probably should have ended 1 or two seasons before. I hope that the series has a strong finish with season 8.
Even with this season's flaws, I recommend true Entourage fans to watch these episodes. With the season finale, looks like the writers are building up to a great last season.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
Don't be mislead! Change isn't necessarily a bad thing! In this season Vince reveals a darker side that we've seen in all the previous seasons, but the difference in S7 is the depth that we explore this aspect of his personality. Turtle becomes more successful in his ambitious side, that came around toward the end of season 5 (when he first thought of taking over the Limo business), and E's temper plays a more active role again as he tries to protect his best friend (since the show is based on themes of friendship, it's only natural he becomes more aggressive in response to Vince's downward spiral). While many weren't thrilled with the darker aspects of the season, I found them to be right on the money. After all, the show tries to take place in real time, with the time spent off-season being accounted for, and after 7 years of Vince's super-stardom it's only natural the guys become more settled into the town and the lifestyle, which brings about drama over time. After all, we can't expect to watch 7 full seasons of Vince getting laid. I don't see the depth in this season as changing personalities, but rather enhancing them, and the character development was not far fetched from what has been building over the past few seasons. Additionally, since there is only a short season remaining of the series, it's natural it starts to boil down to some sort of change. Overall, this series is solid, and packs new excitement and depth without getting rid of its core values. Definitely worth a watch!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2010
The 7th Season. They are out of really fun ideas, really good scripts and really interesting stories. I thought the series ENDED after Harvey Weinstein offered them 1.00
for their theatrical South American bomb directed by Billy Walsh. I thought that is the way the series should have ended, Four guys struggling to get their dream script financed finally realize their dream only to see it crumble into dust leaving them nowhere. It would have been a great END. But these days, once you have a cash cow, an established series, you just keep going. ENTOURAGE Season 7 is just that. A series meandering wiuthout a true purpose, without most of the wit of previous seasons and without a reason. It exists, you watch it, and you wonder WHY you watched it. The show is no longer cool, in style or fun and season 7 is the worst of all seasons. It also changes the tone and even LOOK of the show. I mean, don't we all MISS the somewhat obese but loveable Turtle? The completely narcissistic Vincem screwing without care. This season tries to add "depth" and meaning to the characters while the storylines stall and go nowhere. I think the death toll has sounded on Entoutage.....only no one will admit it. Harvey, this season is worth just that 1.00 you offered.