A friend of mine once described Entourage as “Sex and the City for guys.” I initially thought the comment was ridiculous, as the subject matter of the two shows was (on the surface at least) very different. I have come to the conclusion though that he may have had a point. The fact is, Sex and the City was always a guilty pleasure of mine anyway. I was “forced” to watch it with my girlfriend, but I kind of liked it. Of course I could never admit that to her, but what the hell, now it’s out there.
Comparisons to the four chicks in Sex and the City, and the four dudes in Entourage aside though, I have never made any bones about how much I enjoyed Entourage. And I was very surprised when they called it a day last year with their eighth season. The fact is, the guys were all getting a little too old to be living together and acting like teens. So it made sense to end it, before it became a parody of itself. I have to say that I miss them though. It’s kind of like when Regis Philbin “retired” a few months ago. It was obviously time for him to do it, and it certainly made sense. But now I simply cannot watch Live With Kelly, it just is not the same without him.
The “official” star of the show was Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase, but the real star was Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold. I guess the proof is in the pudding as they say, for Piven won three Emmys for his performance over the years. The character, and Piven’s portrayal was comedy gold, some of the funniest stuff I have ever had the privilege to watch.
In the final season of Entourage, Ari Gold’s marriage problems constitute the bulk of the tension in the show. But there are plenty of other events going on in the world of Entourage, that tempting as it might be, I am not going to play spoiler.
I have to be honest, the finale (as noted on blogs worldwide) was a disappointment. It felt completely rushed, trying to tie up the various loose ends, and not doing a very good job of it. For those who will be seeing it for the first time on the newly released two-DVD set Entourage: The Complete Eighth and Final Season, I will make a simple comparison that might make sense. Remember the final Seinfeld episode, or that of The Sopranos? "The End" was the title, and It left a lot of questions unanswered.