By this point, watching new episodes of Entourage is like visiting an old friend. No, it isn’t necessarily fresh or revelatory — but it’s comforting and surprisingly nostalgic seeing these guys on the screen again.
In other words: by now, you know precisely what to expect and how to expect it.
Season 6 opens with Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) having just completed filming the Martin Scorsese Great Gatsby adaptation that was briefly detailed during last season’s finale. The gang has moved back into their old house, but Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon) is still “technically” living by himself, and Eric (Kevin Connolly) is considering a similar course of action after being enticed by old flame Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui). Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), by the way, is still dating Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler. And Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is finding new clients with the help of his revitalized business partner, Andrew (Gary Cole), whose frequent drinking may be an early indication of where one of the season’s subplots could lead…
Overall, then, there’s nothing terribly shocking about this re-introduction to the gang — and, as mentioned above, that’s kinda the point. Seasons 4 + 5 moved about as far away from the style of the first three as a show such as this might permit, with Vinnie’s relative isolation from friends and Hollywood, as well as the filming of Medellin in South America. By contrast, Season 6 already feels like a return to original form — the inclusion of past players such as Sloan may serve as an indication that this strive for repetition is indeed quite deliberate — but for a show like Entourage, bound so tightly to the themes of arrested development and friendship and familiarity, this is probably the right choice.
That being said, the premiere episode does end on a rather rare note for the program: Vincent, left to himself in his mini-mansion at night for the first time in years, The Verve’s “Lucky Man” swirling in the foreground, finally faces the harsh reality of growing up and witnessing his friends gradually finding their own path in life. The song’s inclusion, then, almost seems a bit ironic.