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Drama Review 'Entourage' Episode 11

BY HanCinema | Dec 11, 2016 06:23 AM EST


Yeong-bin is going through another break up, but this time it is with Eun-gap as his agent. Episode eleven of "Entourage" is all about how the two men cope with the end of a long partnership, with Eun-gap obviously being the one shaken more. As Yeong-bin goes between potential agents and Eun-gap deals with his loss, Joon has his own little crisis when his manhood endangers his variety show filming.

The episode tries to portray a sentimental Yeong-bin (Seo Kang-joon), but it is unfortunately not working. The young star has caused a lot of grief and this is still not being addressed for its severity by other characters. His current brooding over his lost friend is only accentuating how weak his already forgotten romance with So-hee (Ahn So-hee) was and therefore how immature he has been. His current pain is also of his own making.

Eun-gap on the other hand continues to shine, because his changes are given the proper focus and made further relatable by Jo Jin-woong's good acting. Eun-gap has been through two tough separations and his own crisis of sentimentality is entertaining to watch and easy to sympathize with. The agent makes a great lead, but the problem is that the series is clearly not designed around him and therefore focusing on him does not fix its problems.

His fate is still better than Ho-jin's however and this is regrettable. Ho-jin's unique position as a friend and manager means that his character had great potential. His dilemmas and struggles would have great dramatic impact and they would be interesting to watch. Park Jeong-min-I is more than capable of carrying such a role, but the creators have unfortunately given up on Ho-jin. Aside from being Yeong-bin's ignored conscience, the character has not really been developed much or given a new use in this story.

I feel the same about Turtle (Lee Dong-hwi) and his misuse could have easily been avoided. How many times have we seen Joon (Lee Gwang-soo) trying things, messing them up, worrying over them and then being presented with a good outcome? Some of this time could have been given to his reluctant soulmate. Then again, the show is so flimsy with its subplots and story in general that I suppose this should not surprise me.

Now that Yeong-bin's breach of contract has been magically solved and the old-new film in his life has returned, I am curious to see how the creators of "Entourage" have chosen to finish the series. I suspect we will get another round of Yeong-bin being annoying before an anticlimactic end, but at this point any end is welcome.

"Entourage" is directed by Jang Yeong-woo, written by Kwon So-ra and Seo Jae-won and features Jo Jin-woongSeo Kang-joonLee Gwang-sooPark Jeong-min-I and Lee Dong-hwi.


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