For those who have been living under a rock for the past eight years, the HBO show Entourage has finally produced it’s final episode. Like many final episode it tries to tie all the loose plot points together and sees it’s characters on the brink of the next stage of their lives. And yet as I’m writing this a dissatisfaction creeps over me about it’s pacing.

The latter half of the eighth season produced a minimum of five episodes after a six month hiatus. Instead of laying the groundwork and allowing events to continue and blossom on their own, plot points are being mashed together without mercy. The previous episode drops some bombshells — Eric learning he’s a father-to-be, Ari Gold breaks up with his former flame Dana Gorden with hopes of renewing relations with his wife, among others — and then events speed to dizzying heights. The revelations of the previous episode is overshadowed byVince’s impulsive decision to get married, and everyone drops what they’re doing to go to it.

The typical Hollywood ending makes things even more strained. Everyone’s troubles are magically solved by the characters “realizing” that their antics are selfish and sacrifice their careers in order to do the right thing. While their motivations are indeed life-changing — having one’s kid is indeed one of the more powerful forces for change — it seems rushed. Eric has spent five episodes getting in and out of trouble with his former flame Sloan and now everything changes because of his kid? Had this been a full season the consequences would have been allowed to percolate over time. Eric could have gone back and forth struggling between keeping his job and the life he’s established for himself and the kid he is going to be responsible for. Instead he drops everything. As a writer, I can’t help feeling that the plot point was underused.

The ending depends too much on the “cusp” tactic — everyone on the verge of beginning their new lives — and leaves things open-ended. While this is a tried-and-true page in the Hollywood playbook, the vagueness of the characters’ continuing journeys leave a big door open for a movie to fill the potential blanks. This isn’t the last we’ve seen of Vince Chase and his entourage, I promise you.

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