Entourage finally returned for its 6th season last night, and after a tumultuous 5th season that was finally looking up at the end, I expected great things from this the Season 6 premiere, 'Drive'. Sadly, no such luck.
I've always felt Entourage episodes should be an hour instead of a half hour since it's not nearly enough time to get in enough fun and/or drama with the boys, but this half hour episode premiere seemed like the shortest and most pointless Entourage episode ever. Sure, you can have nothing really happen on an episode now and then, but to have that be a season premiere is pretty disappointing.
After last season's conclusion including Vince finally getting a great new movie with the Gatsby remake including him staying in New York for the filming and having a summer romance with his high school love, I was looking forward to at least a little bit about that comeback film and possible romance.
But nada. Instead, the movie was barely mentioned as it was implied the movie did well and got him back on track for his next film for which he'll play a race car driver. So, with Vince onto his next movie, the episode circulated around him preparing for the role by finally getting his driver's license (with a bribe), and how the guys are growing up and growing apart. Depressing much, premiere episode?
The guys are getting too old and mature to live in their "frat house," as Sloan called it, but that doesn't mean the gang has to spend a lot less time together so we lose that great group vibe that's the entire point of the show.
I enjoyed seeing Turtle branching out having a happy relationship and thinking about his own projects, whatever those may be, and I'm also happy to see E having success with his business and perhaps even with Sloan again, but it all felt very pushed. It feels as if the producers and writers realized they needed to make things change on the show, then just jumped right into it.
The only great parts of the episode turned out to be Ari referring to Mad Men when he was drinking a $1,200 scotch in his office, and Lloyd's attempt at change by pushing Ari to give him a promotion. Now that's a change I can get on board with since it's actually interesting, but Vince sitting at home by himself bummed out his friends are moving on? Not so much.
So what will come next? Are we moving into an era of Entourage where all the guys start to take themselves too seriously getting their own places, serious girlfriends, and successful, steady work? I understand that by Season 6, a show needs to make some changes, but do you think these changes can at all make for an interesting season and change for the better for our beloved crew?