Monday, August 27, 2007

Entourage; Flight of The Conchords

Maybe I'm just all Entouraged out. Or to quote George Costanza, "It's not you, it's me." You know how you sometimes just lose interest in a book or a movie or even a person? Maybe that's happened to me with Entourage.

I say all this to be as fair as possible about last night's script. It struck me as strained and dead at its center. They gave Ari another gimmick through which to show his humanity. This time the "problem" was taking his wife to Cannes. In retaliation she goes shopping. And then he relents in Good Guy fashion. Not even E was interesting. And Walsh for all his drama and darkness is actually a pretty dorky dude. Now they're off to Cannes in a variation on stunt casting. I dunno. I'm afraid that one of my favorite shows is played out.

On the other hand, I thought Flight of The Conchords was funny all the way through. The birthday song to the boys' manager was hilarious. In wanting to praise him and make him feel better they managed to cite every disapppointment and disaster in sad and luckless life. And the idea of hiring a "semi-professional" actor to call him pretending to be a big record executive was brilliant. A near miss after all those years of flat out rejection should have been a triumph. Unfortunately, the semi-professional actor gets carried away when the manager begins to cry and beg (lterally) for a contract. The semi-professional actor then actually offers him a pretend contract. I won't spoil the rest for you. Absolutely terrific writing with the two slugs rising to the occasion. (Hell would be trying to promote these two.)

It was good enough that I'll probably watch it again.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Every episode of Entourage seems familiar. Too small of a world to inhabit for this long, I guess. And the hole at its center, Vincent, has become more apparent over time. They've stopped giving him a storyline even.
Guess I'll try Flight again. Had given it up after the second episode as too quirky--like The Monkees revisited.

Dave Zeltserman said...

Ed, if you get On Demand, you have to check out some of the earlier Conchord episodes, especially the David Bowie and mugging ones. The show really grows on you--now that The Shield is finished for the season it's the only thing on TV that I've been looking forward to. Always Sunny in Philadelphia starts soon--and that show is quite funny in a very mean and outrageous sort of way. Also has Danny Devito at his best since Taxi.

Unknown said...

I agree with Entourage going down the hill. As for Dave Z's post, I agree It's Always Sunny is a great show. The second season with Danny Devito was good, but not as good as the first one.