The season finale of Entourage aired last Sunday night, leaving me with one less thing to talk to my friends about during the week. It’s one of the only TV shows that I can relate to, other than The Hills. Entourage represents things that are easy for me to understand such as money, vanity, and being the center of attention. Commoner America is entertained by Big Brother, Survivor, Dancing With the (D-List) Stars, Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew, Biggest Loser, and American Idol. It’s impossible for me to watch or relate to “reality” television since these shows so closely resemble the life of an average American. These shows typically start with a bunch of commoners trying to “make it” and end with one commoner “winning” after overcoming “insurmountable” obstacles. Winning a reality TV show is like being the coolest gel head at Around the Corner, even though you leave the show a winner you’re still coming home as a complete loser commoner. I don’t understand why someone would actually want to live in a commoner filled house with cameras that record them 24 hours a day or why someone would move to a new city to be one of seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real.
Very few shows are as complex and entertaining as Entourage. When Vince got a role in that new Martin Scorsese movie during the last 2 minutes of the season finale, I was shocked. Who knew the writers would totally surprise the audience by having Vince get a huge new movie deal in a last minute phone call that Ari set up with a famous director? I never saw it coming. I really thought the next season was just going to be 8 episodes of the characters getting yelled at by their disgusting Yankee mothers while living in the shit-hole neighborhood they grew up in. Instead, next season they’ll be working on a new movie and dealing with a new writer/director that I don’t recognize but seems to be important because Ari works really hard and yells a lot while dealing with this person and any other studio heads/competing agents/co-stars that are involved in the project. I also love the complete lack of character development. Why should the characters ever learn from any of the experiences they’ve gone through or be significantly affected by any other external factors?
The way the show uses a few lines of dialogue in the first episode of each season to tell me what’s happened in the 6 to 8 month period that has elapsed between seasons is just brilliant writing. Brief references to the major events that occurred in that time period prevents me from having to follow all the twists and turns that I would normally be confused by. They just tell me what happened and I automatically like the show, no questions asked. The incredibly diverse plot lines that occur throughout each episode are riveting, especially that one episode where Turtle and Johnny Drama got into that whacky situation across town while E and Ari argued about what was best for Vince while Vince sat around and looked confused until all the guys met up again at that party/their house/a nightclub where a really hot girl walked by causing Turtle to make a sexually suggestive remark at which point Drama then took the comment out of context and used it to make fun of Turtle in front of everyone. I lost it when Ari added in that equally degrading comment making fun of both Turtle and Drama which made E roll his eyes and look at Vince in a semi-homosexual way right before the credits started to roll and the cool new song from that rapper started to play. Hilarious. Poor people just wouldn’t understand this humor, which is probably why it airs on a channel they can’t afford to watch. I can’t wait until next season when I get to relive all of those exact same moments again.