Review: Entourage Series Finale – “The End”

17 Sep

For the smallest sliver of a second, I thought everything would not work out in the world of Entourage.  Then I thought to myself for a second and laughed.  All would not be right in the world if Entourage didn’t end like it did, and more than that Entourage wouldn’t be being true to itself if it ended any differently.  That’s not necessary a good thing or a bad thing; it’s probably a little both.  It’s just a true thing.

What I hadn’t realized coming into the episode, though I suppose it seemed obvious as the episode went forward, was that Turtle’s and Drama’s plots had wrapped up in earlier episodes.  Perhaps this is because both arcs ended so suddenly; Turtle’s with the reveal that Vince hadn’t sold his or Turtle’s Avion stock, making them both more millions and Drama’s with the abrupt end of his and Andrew Dice Clay’s strike and then Vince offering to pay Phil Yagoda’s charity a cool hundred thousand to cast Johnny.  There was no cool down after the climaxes to both of these plots; Turtle’s dream of bringing Don Pepe’s to LA was never resolved one way or the other or mentioned again, and Drama just sort of will be off making his TV movie eventually, and his show may or may not be a hit.

So the finale is mostly about Eric, Vince and Ari.  Actually it’s not really about Vince either.  Vince got shorted a plot for much of the season after his drug scare was over.  Often one or two cast members draw the short straw plot-wise in an Entourage season, and this season may have been more dramatic than others.  The season as a whole was not particularly well-plotted, and I’m not sure if that’s due to the fact that there were less episodes than usual.  Vince’s second plot started as the season was winding down and involved him interviewing with a beautiful journalist and then trying to win her over, against her better instincts to date him.  In an episode or two, after some fairly simple persuasion she agrees; obviously her policy against dating actors and or subjects is not as rigid as she initially led Vince to believe.  More than that, we find out in the next episode that out of nowhere, Vince had the BEST DATE OF ALL TIME and is getting married to a woman who didn’t even want to take him two days before.  I don’t expect Entourage to be realistic, just consistent, and this stretches the boundaries even for me a little bit.

Eric and Sloan, I realized while watching, is by far the longest plot in the Entourage universe, extending throughout several seasons.  The smart move would have been to either end this last year, with what seemed like a nice final wedding end, or just push off last year’s plot to this year.  Instead, Entourage reached into the well one too many times and had fans groaning about the E and Sloan drama not being over yet.  Even though any Entourage fan knew to expect that they’d get together again, it still felt way too forced in the finale, as Sloan went from despising him and the idea that he may have slept with her ex-mother-and-law to getting back with him again.  Now that I think about it, Turtle and Drama convinced the journalist to date Vince, and Sloan to see Eric again; they must be extremely persuasive speakers.

Of course, Ari and his wife have had their issues before, but until this season that was just chatter and not serious.  At least this plotline was thoroughly worked through the season – it was definitely the plot that got the most attention and at least felt fairly complete.  It also felt a bit forced how they agreed to get back together once Ari quit, but not nearly as rushed as Eric and Sloan or Vince and I don’t even remember her name because she was in only three or four episodes.

Just in case we thought things were wrapped up in too neat of a little package, after the credits Ari, now jobless and on vacation with his wife, is offered the job as the head of the studio, or whatever is higher than that, something more prestigious than he’s ever been offered before.  Do I smell movie?

The plots weren’t particularly strong.  Everything felt rushed.  I don’t think I’d necessarily want or expect everything not to work out; that’s what Entourage is, ultimately.  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for the plots to be well developed before they end well though.  It’s by no means Lost-level failure, nor could it be within the parameters of what Entourage is and if I don’t think about it too much I’m happy to live in a world where everyone’s happy, but it’s weaker than it needed to be with just a tiny bit more work.

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