Thursday, August 23, 2007

Medellin...Boom!

During my eight month hiatus, the hardest part about living life as myself and not as The WAD was giving up Television Tuesdays. Sure, at its core, The WAD (the cite and not the man – and yes, I realize I have referred to myself in the third person twice in two sentences) is really about sports. But, with the exception of the running diaries, my ramblings about television have always been the articles I've most enjoyed writing. So, it is with great joy that I am about to waste the next five to seven minutes of your life celebrating season four of “Entourage”, or as I like to call it, “Entourage: A Return to Glory.”

If you remember, I was very critical of “Entourage” at times last season. Week after week I bemoaned the fact that the writers had lost sight of what made the show great from the start: beautiful women, celebrity cameos, irresponsible spending, Drama’s ridiculous exploits, and Ari saying and doing things we only wish we could say and do. In fact, by the end of season 3, I was afraid “Entourage” was quickly headed the way of “The O.C.” You know, a potential first ballot hall of famer that peaked too soon and inexplicably ate itself out of the Show faster than Mo Vaughn. Well, fortunately for all of us that rely on fictional television characters to provide an escape from our own thrilling lives, season 4 has proved much more Ankiel than Vaughn. What’s made the difference? I’m glad you asked. Here are the five biggest reasons “Entourage” is back on the fast track to Cooperstown:

1) Turtle and Drama - these two have quickly become one of the best comedy duos since Pryor and Wilder. This season we’ve continually seen episodes involving two distinct story lines. One story line usually involves E, Vince, and Ari doing somewhat respectable things, while the other story line usually involves Drama and Turtle falling into absurd situations. I mean, in a four episode stretch Turtle hooked up with Lisa Rinna while Drama hooked up with an obese elderly woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1cY7n9bJZE), Drama jumped head first into the sub-culture of furries (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhA-MSbF6TM) , and the dynamic duo paid $62K for a Koufax jersey after Vito from the “Sopranos” backed out of the deal. These are just the highlights. I haven’t even mentioned Drama serving as a human canvas for Gary Busey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6SzmQDVAXw). Honestly, Turtle and Drama could carry their own show at this point.

2) Mrs. Ari- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFk9f5IVa8c I think it’s best if I let you draw your own conclusions.

3) Billy Walsh- Honestly, if I knew somebody like this in real life I would hate him. This, however, is not real life, and Walsh’s insanity is hilarious. Plus, how can you not love a guy that wants to beat E’s ass? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjTSU7au01I

4) Lloyd- The growing relationship between Ari and Lloyd may be the most entertaining subplot of season 4. Every time these two are on screen together it's comedy gold. Don’t believe me? Just take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LSr_2COFd8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ozRIGIMLGk

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHrhjQNQVq0&mode=related&search=

5) Ari- This, of course, is a no brainer. Even during the down times of season 3, Ari always brought his A game. Now, in season 4, believe it or not, he’s taken it to a whole new level. I could try to explain it, or I could just let you take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKKwpS1Y2Vw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnMmrF0nhMA&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3-D2StzXk0&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpVdSQYHYqg&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sc-Bb_pRhQ&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBfV5L2F8UA&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Or46IG_yhY&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0tRB3DDKZM&mode=related&search=


As great as it's been, however, Season 4 does have one glaring weakness. Specifically, the idea that E could actually walk away from a woman like Sloan and somehow fall into Anna Faris is not only absurd, it’s offensive. Seriously, at this point, E has become so annoying that I’m almost ready to declare him the male equivalent of Dr. Yang from “Grey’s Anatomy.” Almost. But, even my ever growing annoyance with E can’t spoil what has been an MVP season for a hall of fame show. Let’s just hope that we have enough Ari, Lloyd, Drama, and Turtle in the last two episodes to make us somehow overlook the fact that we are inevitably going to be asked to believe that E could actually land a movie star.