The popular HBO television show Entourage wraps up its eighth and final season this summer, bringing to an end one of the most entertaining, funny and celebrity-laden television shows of the 21st Century. In preparation for the show’s July 24 premiere, Entourage: The Complete Seventh Season partied its way onto DVD yesterday.
Some say Entourage, which stars Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven as Eric, Vinny, Johnny, Turtle and Ari, jumped the shark years ago. I disagree. The show’s fourth season – which begins with the filming of Medellin on location in Colombia – was not a great one, but the series has rebounded nicely since.
The last couple seasons have been especially entertaining, even if Vinny is just as obnoxious as ever. Vinny was pretty well behaved in Season 6, but in Season 7, Vinny pays the price for his irresponsible behavior – but not before he starts a relationship with porn star Sasha Grey and does other questionable things.
Ari, meanwhile, finds himself the target of a woman scorned – and for once becomes nervous for his prospects – and Turtle starts a new business venture. Eric continues to prove he’s the smartest guy on the show as he prepares to marry Sloan, played by gorgeous Emmanuelle Chriqui.
As always, the series has plenty of cameos – ranging from John Stamos, William Fichtner and Mark Cuban to Eminem, Christina Aguilera and Drew Brees – and a mounting series of subplots.
Season 7 is frustrating as Vinny’s behavior deteriorates and threatens to destroy everything, but then again, the show has always been about him being frustrating and the characters surrounding him having to manage accordingly. The show’s writing staff injects plenty of interesting new supporting characters to keep the stories fresh.
The two-disc DVD set includes all ten episodes of Entourage: Season 7 as well as a few well meaning but pretty forgettable bonus features. The set includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes, one about the show in general, the other focused on Sasha Grey. Sasha’s interview is interesting as she compares her real personality to the one depicted on Entourage.
The set also includes three audio commentaries with executive producers Doug Ellin and Ally Musika and three of the four main cast members (no Dillon). It’s disappointing HBO couldn’t provide commentaries for every episode.
Despite what some people say, Entourage is still hot – but it only has one more season to go before its filed away in the archives. Season 7 is entertaining and fun to watch as it manages the introduction of more serious topics well. Highly recommended.