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Entourage: Episode 3

You know what they say about secrets—they’re no fun unless shared with everyone. But perhaps bad news is the kind of secret better left unsaid for the sake of protecting a friend and maintaining the illusion of stability. No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, after all. A terrible actor would prefer being compared to Marlon Brando than a tree, so a well-intentioned, little white lie couldn’t hurt, right?

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

The boys are at an office for Joon’s and Turtle’s cosmetic procedure. Turtle suggests Joon fix his face instead of his nether regions, and Joon answers confidently that he’s the second most handsome of the bunch. He brags about resembling Star Wars’ Kylo Ren, but Ho-jin jokes that C-3PO is more like it because of his robotic acting.

Turtle scans through the comments of an article written about War Terminator and notes that everyone’s eager to see Young-bin in it, but Young-bin hasn’t confirmed the movie yet. Ho-jin guesses Eun-gab prematurely released the article as a strategic move. Young-bin says he received a text from So-hee; she may appear in War Terminator, too.

Based on their similarly timed social media posts, Turtle believes she and Kang Haneul are definitely dating. Ho-jin advises Young-bin to ask her directly for the truth instead of sulking. But Joon states that actresses are secretive and may answer dishonestly and dares Ho-jin to ask their interior designer Ji-ahn if she’s single.

Ho-jin asks Young-bin if he’ll definitely do War Terminator, and Young-bin answers that he should. Turtle repeatedly ascertains Young-bin’s interest because when So-hee dumped him last time, he wanted to take a semester off; he knows So-hee is Young-bin’s kryptonite. Joon chides them for getting swayed by women instead of doing the swaying.

Turtle and Joon’s names get called. Turtle fears an erection may occur if the aesthetician is female, but Joon tells him to relax. A pretty, female nurse escorts Turtle away, but Joon ends up with a man, much to his horror.

Cut to: Joon and Turtle hobbling stiltedly post-bikini wax while Ho-jin and Young-bin snicker. Young-bin is caught off-guard by an unexpected call from MC Boom, and at the same time, Ho-jin gets in the car and is surprised to hear Young-bin’s voice on the radio. Boom has spontaneously contacted Young-bin for his live radio segment, and Young-bin ends up confirming War Terminator as his next project.

Girl group SPICA is also in the studio with Boom, and they express how excited they are for his movie. Ho-jin runs out of the car and motions for Young-bin to end the call, but it’s too late; he’s publicly confirmed his participation in War Terminator and the deal hasn’t even been struck.

Eun-gab is in a staff meeting and complains about the expenses wracked up by his spendthrift clients. Joey takes minutes, and Eun-gab warns her not to include his expletives. CEO Jo calls Eun-gab, asking if he released the War Terminator article, and Eun-gab denies it. She says she’ll publish a correction and advises Eun-gab to keep movie details under wraps.

Eun-gab suggests they sign this week for Young-bin’s role, but she pushes it to the following week. Suspicious of the delay, Eun-gab calls his colleague at CJ and asks him why casting hasn’t been finalized yet, but doesn’t receive any answers. Eun-gab senses something’s up, and wonders if he’s about to get betrayed. Eun-gab takes it out on one of his employees who’s just trying to eat a pastry, and he orders Joey to call CJ until she reaches his colleague.

Back at home, Turtle records himself playing a computer game and provides live commentary to his few online followers. Joon’s cleaning the house and scolds Turtle for his pigsty of a room. As Joon wades through the mess, he spots Turtle’s overdue credit card statement, but Turtle isn’t the least bit concerned.

Joon angrily wonders what he’ll be when he grows up, sounding just like a mom. He recommends Turtle find a job so he can pay back the money he owes Joon. But Turtle replies that he’ll simply borrow money from Young-bin and Ho-jin to pay Joon back, drawing Joon’s ire.

Young-bin and Joon giggle as they watch Ho-jin on his best behavior as Ji-ahn goes over interior design details. Then Turtle comes along asking Ho-jin if the DVD he found is porn or a movie, thoroughly embarrassing Ho-jin. He humiliates Ho-jin even more by pointing out the obvious: “Why are you so dressed up? Oh! Ji-ahn’s here. That’s why!”

Young-bin finds it odd that he still hasn’t heard any War Terminator updates, so Ho-jin decides to call Eun-gab on his way out. But he hangs up as soon as he sees that Ji-ahn hasn’t left yet. Ho-jin offers to give her a ride, and adorably clears out the clutter before opening the door for her.

He apologizes for the uncomfortable ride in his clunker of a car, but she assures him that she’s perfectly comfortable. He explains that he can’t part with his first car yet, and Ji-ahn surprises him when she says she understands the attachment. A call comes in from Eun-gab, and Ho-jin answers it reluctantly.

Eun-gab curses at Ho-jin and calls him an idiot, all of which Ji-ahn hears over the speakerphone, prompting an embarrassed Ho-jin to pull over and speak to Eun-gab in hushed whispers directly into the phone. Eun-gab orders him to inform Young-bin that they won’t be signing the contract this week because it’s getting slightly pushed. Ho-jin asks if there’s a problem, but Eun-gab answers that he’s not sure yet and it’s driving him nuts.

Nevertheless, he orders Ho-jin to tell Young-bin that everything’s going swimmingly, heh. Ho-jin thinks Young-bin should know the truth because he already announced on live radio that he’d do War Terminator. Eun-gab flips out that Ho-jin wasn’t able to stop Young-bin from saying that and orders Ho-jin to just keep Young-bin happy.

Eun-gab’s wife is surprised to see her husband at her gym; he says he was in the area and wanted to see her. But that proves to be false because he greets another woman there and asks if she can connect him with her husband through her phone since his ran out of battery. She proceeds to do that, and he also has her ask him if he remembers throwing a bag at a taxi. Eh?

Cut to: the CJ colleague Eun-gab called earlier, sprinting out of his office and into Eun-gab’s car. Years ago, he had sent his blind date home drunk and threw his bag into her taxi to leave with her, and this was when he was seeing someone else. Ugh. He asks Eun-gab not to threaten him with that incident anymore because he’s now a changed man devoted to his wife. But when he answers that he doesn’t know why Young-bin’s War Terminator deal is being delayed, Eun-gab hangs another anecdote over his head.

Eun-gab reminds him that his wife has a big mouth, and that only a year ago, the colleague brought actors to a high-end prostitution salon. This prompts the colleague to finally open up, and he divulges that the War Terminator director Lee Jun-ik isn’t even considering Young-bin for his movie. Uh oh. The director has never seen any of Young-bin’s works, and Eun-gab is furious, to say the least.

The boys are in the car again, and Joon notices that the War Terminator articles have been corrected from “Young-bin is confirmed to star” to “Young-bin’s casting has not been decided.” Concerned, Young-bin calls Eun-gab for an update, but Eun-gab feigns a cold and suggests they chat later. He also says Young-bin shouldn’t worry about the articles.

Ho-jin knows that’s not true, but he reassures Young-bin anyway that Eun-gab will handle it. But it doesn’t escape Young-bin that Ho-jin just sided with Eun-gab. The boys arrive outside the shabby studio of Turtle’s designer friend. Turtle met him through Instagram, and he needed someone to advertise his clothing. The portly designer steps out in an orange jumpsuit and isn’t thrilled to see that Turtle brought his “Lord of the Rings” crew instead of coming alone.

The designer holds up a pink sweatshirt he designed; it looks like he scrawled random words and pictures on it with colored markers. Turtle finds it cool, but Joon thinks it’s ridiculous. Offended, the designer disses Joon by saying he looks like a greyhound and asks Turtle to promote his fashion often.

Turtle hands the sweatshirt to Young-bin to wear, but Ho-jin disapproves of it. Young-bin isn’t fond of the design either, but the designer mentions that Gong Hyo-jin will also be wearing it. The designer says he’s a fan of the War Terminator novel, but that Young-bin was miscast. Young-bin’s face falls as the designer mutters that Yoo Ah-in would’ve been perfect for the role. Turtle reassures Young-bin that the designer is actually a nice softie who just had a difficult past, heh.

Young-bin wears the sweatshirt in black when he and the boys meet with his sassy stylist. She asks him to take the embarrassing top off, but Young-bin’s a good sport and keeps it on because it’s comfortable. The stylist an outfit ready, and Young-bin changes into a sharp black suit. She glances at his friends and recommends that they put a little more effort into their physical appearances: “Do you purposely dress down to make Young-bin shine brighter?”

She asks Young-bin if he really is confirmed for War Terminator like he said on the radio, and Young-bin clarifies that he’s still in talks for it. She heard that Yoo Ah-in, Lee Min-ho, and Lee Jong-seok also received the script, which is alarming news to both Young-bin and Ho-jin. Young-bin and the boys go to speak to Eun-gab in person, but Joey tells them that he isn’t in the office yet. Eun-gab returns shortly and upon seeing the boys, scrambles inside the conference room behind them to hide. Joey spots him, but by the time the boys turn around, Eun-gab had concealed himself. Joey suggests that they call him.

Eun-gab practices his sick voice before picking up Young-bin’s call and fibs that he’s at the hospital for his cold. But Young-bin says he’ll stop by so Eun-gab changes up his story and says he’s about to be treated for his hemorrhoids. Young-bin inquires as to why the War Terminator script was circulated among other actors if he was already confirmed for the part.

Eun-gab admits the script was sent to them, but reassures Young-bin that he’s still the frontrunner and that there’s no problem. Young-bin suggests they sign the contract immediately if that’s the case and also meet with the director, and Eun-gab regretfully agrees.

After the call, Young-bin thinks Eun-gab is being cagey because whenever something came up in the past, Eun-gab always avoided his calls and assured him that everything was fine. Ho-jin decides to stay behind to talk to Eun-gab when he returns.

Eun-gab finds CEO Jo reading in a tiny nook at a comic book store, her go-to place for film ideas. He cuts to the chase: He knows the director has no interest in Young-bin. CEO Jo replies that she already knows Eun-gab was the one who prematurely released the article about Young-bin’s confirmed casting. When he brings up meeting with the director, CEO Jo says the director is currently in China.

Eun-gab asks for her thoughts on Young-bin’s casting, and she says that her company and CJ both want him, and that they’re in the middle of convincing the director. She asks Eun-gab for some patience and optimism. She has to finish reading her comic book before her meeting, and Eun-gab snidely encourages her to do so since he’s about to leave anyway on account of their pointless conversation and the claustrophobic store.

Eun-gab returns to his office and finds Ho-jin waiting for him. He teases Ho-jin for having cup noodles for dinner, and Ho-jin apologizes for not having eaten sooner. Eun-gab adds that he, too, didn’t eat dinner yet because he was out and about all day. Ho-jin goes to dispose of his noodles, but Eun-gab stops him and asks him to make him some too, surprising Eun-gab.

Aw, the two slurp on their cup noodles together. Eun-gab asks why Young-bin was here earlier, and Ho-jin replies that he wanted to see what was up when he heard that the War Terminator script was distributed to other actors. Eun-gab reprimands Ho-jin for not saying the right things to Young-bin and making him feel better. He compares a popular script to a smart and sexy woman—others would obviously be interested too.

Eun-gab is relieved that Young-bin’s still interested in doing the movie. Ho-jin inquires about the contract delay, but Eun-gab deflects. Ho-jin asks where Idea stands on this, and Eun-gab impatiently answers that he’ll handle everything so Ho-jin need not worry. Ho-jin even suggests Eun-gab speak to Young-bin directly if he doesn’t feel comfortable disclosing anything to him, but Eun-gab refuses. Finally, Eun-gab sets down his noodles and turns serious, warning Ho-jin that what he’s about to say stays between the two of them.

Joon warms up the grill and arranges cocktail glasses. Turtle grumbles because he’s struggling to convince his numerous connections to advertise his friend’s sweatshirt on social media. But Joon’s not surprised because he still thinks the sweatshirts are terrible, but Young-bin thinks they’re not half bad and offers to send some to his celebrity friends.

Turtle jumps at the offer, but Joon scolds him for always mooching off of Young-bin. Ho-jin arrives and Young-bin asks about his meeting with Eun-gab. Ho-jin nonchalantly says there was no problem, but Young-bin doesn’t look convinced. Turtle throws Ho-jin a sweatshirt so he can join the sweatshirt club, which disgusts Joon even more.

Ho-jin wonders what all the food is for, and Young-bin says it’s to celebrate Ho-jin’s move into the house. Young-bin follows Ho-jin inside and orders him to fess up; he can read Ho-jin like a book and knows something’s up. Ho-jin sheepishly admits that the director has never seen Young-bin’s works and has no interest in casting him. Young-bin silently registers this for a beat and wonders what’s next. Ho-jin says Eun-gab’s working on it with CJ and Idea, both companies that are pushing for him, and tells Young-bin not to worry.

But Young-bin’s miffed that both Ho-jin and Eun-gab kept this big secret from him; he expected Ho-jin to divulge first. Ho-jin replies that he only found out today, and because Eun-gab said he’d handle it, he figured Young-bin would’ve been better off not knowing until everything was resolved.

Young-bin guesses they would’ve lied to make him feel better if he didn’t get the part, and Ho-jin concurs. Young-bin appreciates that Ho-jin’s finally being honest with him, but wonders if he could be more of a friend and less of a manager. Ho-jin replies that he’s trying to do both well, but it’s draining.

Joon detects the awkwardness between them and asks if they had another couple fight. He also tries to create a cocktail using flashy moves from a YouTube video, but he ends up making a mess, knocking over bottles and spraying alcohol all over the boys. He insists the taste is good, but all of them spit out their drinks, disgusted.

Turtle stays up late playing his usual computer game, preventing Ho-jin from falling asleep. Ho-jin heads to Joon’s room, but walks away when he sees Joon sleeping in his birthday suit, only to return, stare at his junk, and wonder what “that” is. Young-bin’s room is the only other option so he quietly slides next to Young-bin.

Young-bin mutters that he’s not asleep and says Ho-jin should’ve listened and slept in his room from the start. But Ho-jin didn’t want to bother him knowing that Young-bin is a light sleeper. Ho-jin knows Young-bin is still awake because he’s worried about the movie and reassures him that everything will work out. Young-bin says he’s being optimistic, but when Ho-jin asks if he’ll be okay if he doesn’t get the movie and So-hee does, his disappointment is unmistakable.

Ho-jin can’t wait until the construction is finished because all three guys have odd sleeping habits. But Young-bin jokes that Ho-jin will be down since Ji-ahn won’t be coming by anymore. Young-bin is reminded of their schooldays when all four of them slept like sardines in one room. Young-bin recounts a particularly frightening moment when he woke up from his sleep and Ho-jin’s face was right in front of him; that was the closest he’s ever been to another man’s face, and Ho-jin argues that he was just sleeping.

The next morning, Young-bin yawns as he gets his hair styled. Ho-jin yawns, too, and Turtle wonders what they did last night. Ho-jin remarks that he was traumatized by Joon and yells at him to wear clothes when he sleeps. Joon smirks and asks if he saw “it” and encourages all the boys to sleep naked because it’s best for the health of his package.

Turtle says Joon’s is in mint condition because he has no use for it, and Joon angrily reminds Turtle that he sent his ugly sweatshirts to his celeb friends as a favor. But Turtle says it wasn’t helpful because none of them advertised that they wore it.

Young-bin doesn’t want to go to Yoo Ah-in’s brand party, but Ho-jin says So-hee will be there, and that seals the deal. Young-bin spots Song Ji-hyo on his way out of the salon and stops to say hi. She mentions So-hee dating Kang Hanuel, and warns Young-bin that if he gets caught in a scandal, it’ll be a huge headache for him.

Joon instructs Turtle to zip it and watch, and excitedly approaches Hyukoh band, but they don’t recognize him. Joon does a small song and dance number from his boy band days to dredge up their memories, and that’s when the band “remembers” him. Joon uses his sunbae status to ask Hyukoh for a favor, and Turtle is ecstatic.

Cut to: the fashion show for Yoo Ah-in’s brand. After it ends, the boys run into actress Park Han-byul, and then they see Ji-ahn and Eun-gab’s scary boss, CEO Kang. The boys are surprised to learn that CEO Kang is Ji-ahn’s mom, and later, Joon laments that Ji-ahn is way out of Ho-jin’s league.

Young-bin’s sassy stylist informs Young-bin that Yoo Ah-in and So-hee are together right now, and she overheard him telling So-hee that he’s doing War Terminator. Ho-jin can’t believe it, and neither can Young-bin. While Eun-gab is shopping for groceries for his wife, Young-bin calls him and inquires about Yoo Ah-in; this is news to Eun-gab, too, and he rushes to meet Young-bin in person.

Eun-gab meets the boys at the after party and assures Young-bin that he did not lose the role. He walks over to Yoo Ah-in to find out his status directly. Turtle calls his designer friend expecting to hear gratitude for promoting his clothes, but it seems Gong Hyo-jin’s participation was enough to satisfy the designer, which renders all of Turtle’s hard work pointless.

Turtle feels betrayed, but not for long because supermodel Song Haena compliments his sweatshirt and asks for a selfie with him. Joon expertly photobombs in the back, heh. After speaking with Yoo Ah-in directly, Eun-gab informs the boys that Yoo is very interested in War Terminator, but has a scheduling conflict so he can’t do it. Eun-gab even confirmed this with CJ, and promises Young-bin that he has not one iota to worry about. Eun-gab spots CEO Kang and peaces out early to avoid seeing her.

The boys catch Ho-jin staring at Ji-ahn, and Turtle makes fun of him and Young-bin for being so terrible with relationships. Meanwhile, Eun-gab is spotted by CEO Kang anyway. Over the phone, she instructs him to clean up the War Terminator mess, and the two hurl colorful insults at each other before Eun-gab flees.

Ji-ahn catches Ho-jin as he’s about to leave the party, and she seems to regret that he isn’t staying. Ho-jin asks her why she never mentioned that she was CEO Kang’s daughter, and she says that it seemed irrelevant. He nervously asks her how Eun-gab described him to her mom, and she says she was told how smart and hardworking he is, which surprises Ho-jin. At the very last minute, he manages to work up the nerve to ask her if she has a boyfriend, and she answers that she doesn’t.

Ho-jin returns to the car doing a silly little happy dance with his arms. Young-bin spots So-hee just as they’re about to leave, and when he stops to talk to her, she says he should definitely do War Terminator, saying that Yoo Ah-in wanted to do it, but she thinks Young-bin’s a better fit. He beams. Young-bin then asks her a question that we don’t hear.

Back in his car, Young-bin informs the boys that So-hee isn’t dating Kang Haneul; she told him that Kang was just a close oppa to her. They don’t seem convinced, but let Young-bin believe it. The boys meet Eun-gab for dinner at a restaurant that Eun-gab says is a favorite of director Lee Jun-ik. Young-bin mentions that the director has no interest in him, which clues Eun-gab in to the fact that Ho-jin exposed their secret.

Ho-jin stays behind for another scolding from Eun-gab. Eun-gab instructs him to lie to Young-bin, but Ho-jin admits that he can’t. He thinks managers should be honest to their actors, but Eun-gab counters that well-intentioned lying is part of the job to keep the actor happy and protected. He orders Ho-jin to use his brain and denies ever saying that Ho-jin was smart and hardworking.

Eun-gab treats the boys to dinner and says that as soon as the director returns from China, he’ll arrange a meeting for Young-bin. But their server states that the director came here just a few minutes ago with Kim Soo-hyun and is currently in the room next door. Uh oh. Young-bin concludes that he just lost the role to Kim Soo-hyun, and says with a sigh, “I’m doomed.”

 
COMMENTS

Young-bin losing War Terminator did not come as a surprise and subsequently, the whole will-he-won’t-he-get-the-movie buildup felt futile and unnecessarily long. I saw Young-bin’s loss coming from a million miles away so watching Eun-gab go through all these hurdles — feign sickness, blackmail colleagues, etc. — to get to the bottom of the War Terminator conundrum was not as enjoyable as it should’ve and could’ve been. The stakes didn’t feel high enough, and not once did I think maybe Young-bin had a chance.

I’m just not entirely convinced that Young-bin is an A-list celebrity. I almost think he’s a bit too nice; he’s surprisingly levelheaded and restrained. But I’m conflicted because I kind of like that aspect of him? I’m not saying all A-list celebrities need to be demanding and out of touch drama queens, but if I took away Young-bin’s handsome looks, I really can’t identify any aspects that distinguish him as an A-list actor. I can’t say that he’s charismatic. What is his defining trait as an actor? Is he a rom-com favorite? Or are dark and intense dramas his specialty? I’d be curious to know what genre of storytelling shot him to fame because I for the life of me can’t figure it out. Young-bin, on a scale from Nam Joo-hyuk (sorry) to Kim Soo-hyun, what are you?

I found Ho-jin’s and Young-bin’s little sleepover to be quite cute, but don’t think it served much of a purpose other than showing us for the umpteenth time that they’re BFFs. I do like that we get to see men openly discussing their feelings to their male friends, which took place during the sleepover and when Young-bin confronted Ho-jin and asked him to be more friend and less manager. I appreciated that.

Eun-gab continues to be an engaging and humorous scene-stealer. He’s loud, blunt, and savvy, and whenever he’s missing from the screen, I notice my interest level drops tremendously. I’d also really appreciate it if we got more screentime for Eun-gab’s wife. The cameos in this episode seemed like throwaways, however, neither adding nor taking away from the narrative. The pacing still continues to be troublesome and much too slow for my liking; for now, I’ll attribute it to the uneven writing and direction.

I really wish the comedy, both physical and verbal, landed more consistently and frequently. Sometimes I get the sense that the show is timidly dipping its toes into crass humor territory, fearful of ruffling too many feathers and coming across as too vulgar. The tone of the show is rather imbalanced; there’s a little bit of sex humor, some industry stuff, and a lot of ordinary conversations amongst the boys. The entertainment industry is chock full of interesting personalities, and I wonder if they had the boys separated from the pack for once and interacting with other people for longer periods of time, the show would be a better watch. Just a thought.

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Lol. your scale. poor Nam Joo-hyuk.. but anyone else who can top KSH? I mean it's been a while since his Do Min-joon days..

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hah. I forgot he was in producer. But I thought that didn't do so well..?

Also every time I see a pic of him I think of one of my guy friends..when I first met him I thought he looked just like KSH.lol

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Kang Dong Won is the top of the scale for me! Song swung Heon would be the bottom except I loved him in My Princess!!!

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Song Seung-heon...sorry for the typo, my autocorrect won't recognize South Korean actors

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Hehe I thought you were trying to say Song Swoon Heon

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THIS DRAMA IS BORING AS FUCK

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It honestly is..I just skip through it for scenes between Ji-ahn&Ho-jin..and Sohee..

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Same.
Seriously I thought it had enough of an interesting premise but it's just way too directionless. There's no overarching plot, theme, idea. It's just scenes of people going on endlessly to the point where you just start wondering where exactly they're going with this.

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Aww, Kwang-soo, why you throwing your own show under the bus? (It kind of is, though.)

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This drama is boring, right, I can't deny that after watching 3ep. the acting is not the main problem, there is something that missing from this plot. The actors (joon and eun gab) doing a big role to potray their character, but i can't feel the rithme from the entire episode. I think the problem is in editing, the effect include the sound effect that can make me feel the sad, happy or humorous is missing.
But, i keep look forward from this drama, just to look kwang soo ?, he is so adorable.

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Shopping King Louie ended; Jealousy ended; K2 ended--not that it was interesting; Airport ended--not that I watched it; Entourage tanked; My wife having affair--turning out to be boring IMO; Woman w Suitcase ending.
That leaves 1%, Man in my House, Romantic Teach. My plate is empty. It turns me to K Variety.
Also bought a 3 month iQiyi membership in anticipation of Legend of Blue Sea!

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Well I think the biggest fail for this so called Entourage drama is; they failed to make Young Bin seem appealing to me. Just like you said, Young Bin lacks charisma, and this I have noticed since episode 1. Despite their over hyped promotion regards to this drama, yet it fails to deliver. Ho Jin and Eun Gab, these two are the only 2 characters that does it for me. I mean we were promised for a show that will bring fun, as 4 boys together making their life through the Korean entertainment world and I do think with witty scripts and camaderie between the boys, this drama could be a lots of fun. My biggest regret is Seo Kang Joon; I mean he got the roles of an A-list celebrity, but he made the boring A-list celebrity ever. What was his specialty? What is it that is so special about Young Bin that we should root for him? He was just plain. He struts his way with his friends, and that just what he do. I mean there is no colour that I can paint about Young Bin. Maybe due to the script, but I believe it is the actor responsibility to make the role he assign for to be distinct, feels connected to viewers, and Seo Kang Joon in my books, definitely lacks charisma. Ah regarding the scale, well I don't know about others but Seo Inguk do make a likeable choice for Young Bin character. Well we all know what Seo Inguk strength is, and in regards to bromance, not even Seo Kang Joon can top that. Peace ya.

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I'm still hoping that this will succeed somewhat as it goes by because i really like it. It feels more like a reality show than a drama and to me that's perfectly fine but i do agree that the guys might be sticking together abit too much it would definitely benefit the show if they each got their own arc which i hope will come soon cause we can kind of see each one showing already.
Cha Joon becoming a more well known actor
Ho jin getting the girl and becoming a real manager
Turtle finding his purpose in life and maybe a girl
And young bin i have no idea XDD

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With all the bad reviews glad I found someone who likes it. I really like it too. It's an easy watch and the fact that it's seemingly going nowhere is what I like about the show. Like a reality show, just things happening. But I do question Youngbin's place in the industry tho, where he stands exactly. Other than that it's a great watch for me. But I'm a sucker for behind-the-scene type drama or movies so cant afford to miss out on this.

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I haven't seen CITT but Seo Kang Joon was there right and the hoopla from what I've read and heard was around him suddenly getting way too much screen time right?? Why, he is not very charismatic or particularly stellar acting wise, he seems quite alright.....he is nice and all but lacks the A Lister vibe. I don't feel it, also why is this so boring. It's Entourage, how did end up making Entourage boring?? Baffling situation.

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Guys, I know this may seem ridiculous for you but I have one question : My mother saw the sauna scene in episode 1 etc. and banned the drama for me eventhough I enjoyed the bromance only. Now : do they tone down these scenes from episode 1 onwards or is there an increase? The sad thing is that I'm 19 years old and still my mother's words are law for me. But I'm a Muslim as well that's why...

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I'd say that you should listen to your mother!! though we saw this kind of scenes in episode 1 (sauna scene) and 3 (Joon's slleping scene) but this drama isn't for you to watch!! in my opinion you're too young to watch something like this even if this is not all what the drama is about!!

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If 19 is "too young" what age is old enough to watch this drama? (no snark intended; I'm genuinely curious as to what you think is an acceptable age)

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The drama itself is adapted from another show with the same themes and jokes so even if they won't repeat the exact fake-nude scene, you can expect to see more of the same things.

That's too bad about having to stop if you like this show though. Maybe if you tell us what kind of shows you like (or which actors), we can think of some to recommend that isn't like this one?

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Oooh that's too bad. I am watching kdramas because they are more tame in contrast to american tv series.
Well , I enjoyed the bromance in Reply 1988, Drinking Solo, Descendants of the Sun and Hotel King. And to be honest the reason why I wanted to watch this drama was because of the cast (Kwang-soo oppa *cough*).
Thank you for your kind replies and I would be glad if you could recommend similiar dramas

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Asia Prince XD The only Kwang-soo-ful show I know is the 2-ep drama special, Puck. Have you seen it? He was great in Dear My Friends too.

If you liked R88, maybe you'll like R97 for the friendships but with more romance.
If you like bromance, try School2013 and Sungkyunkwan Scandal (I promise it's not scandalous!)

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You can easily watch it. It's nothing compare to other american shows. I couldn't make myself to watch Game of Thrones, because there was everything about sex, power and violance. The guys in the shower scenes were not completly nude. It's korean drama that's why there will be always some censorship and you're already 19 years old. I was secretly reading trash like novels by Danielle Steel when I was 11 (hormonal changes in my body and first in love), they are kind of book erotic stories for women and I'm glad I did it when I was so young, because after that I've read only quality literature (that's why I'm watching korean shows - it's like an easy literature to relax). My first sexual experience was with my life partner when I was 26 years old and I don't regret it. Oh, I wish I was 19 again!

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entourage - bad acting

the four guy are very awkward! with each other the party scene was a mess!!!! like messy awkward. everyone is awkward in this drama.

even the great choi jin woong can't help to solve this mess

Seo Kang Jun's character was supposed to be cool hot actor.... but failed! He tried hard to be one and it shows!!!

ENTOURAGE = AWKWARD

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He's trying so hard to be cool that he's slipped right into frozen. So incredibly nonchalant that it feels like nothing seems to faze him. He's always like Really? Well, okay. I feel like Ho jin in contrast comes off 10 times more fleshed out even though he's just a side character.

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As i have watched all of the episodes from the original, i will finish this one however bad or boring it may be since i really like the scenes with cameos.. :D

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I still tune in though there's hardly any plot. Everybody's hellbent on Young-bin getting the part he didn't want in the first place. Weren't he supposed to play a tiger in that or am I getting it all wrong? It was sooo beneath him just an episode ago!

I don't understand, but it doesn't really matter. Seo Kang-joon is pretty, Lee Kwang-soo's funny and Cho Jin-woong the best of them all.

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I thought the twist was that he didn't read the script and thought he'd play an actual tiger when the character name was just Tiger, making his initial tantrums useless. LOL

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Totally agree with your comments, chickachunga. :)

I wish they would focus on Kwang-soo and his difficult journey as a no-name actor wondering if he should stay in the industry, and Jo Jin-woong, his marriage, and his company. I honestly find the meetings where he's yelling at his poor employees to stop spilling food and tearing his hair out over stressful phone calls far more interesting to watch than the boys doing their bro-y things.

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in terms of bromance I can't help but to compare them to age of youth /not bromance but yeah it's, similiar/ the girls have so much chemistry for being 'just' a housemate than this so called bestfriend since childhood. dropping this even though I love Kim eun gab so much :(

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Same tbh. I love /love/ Age of Youth so much. I was skeptical at first because the plot wasn't interesting and/or new but the story itself turns out to be good. It's heartwarming and intriguing (the ghost plot omg and the whole ~killing~ things).

And I am disappointed in this drama because, like everyone said before, the plot doesn't seem to go anywhere. I feel like they're making things up as it go. Dropping this too, I guess.

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I like this drama. I think it's funny and even some of the awkwardness works. I really like Seo Kang Joon, but he just doesn't have any charisma to really sell the role. He's like a beautiful blank slate. He's not selling star power to the audience, so we can't buy it.

I think the main problem though is some of the editing and the haphazardness of the plot. It needs to be a bit more solid. The music needs to be placed in the right scenes and at the right time. Also, if it did not jump from one scene to another, that would be helpful. The transitions are rough. Anyway, I like the friendships and their interactions.

I think this drama won't get high ratings in dramaland because most Korean viewers seem to like romance or at least something a little more PG. This is probably a little too crass, but to me, it's refreshing. Seeing the same story told 1 million ways is old and tiring. Time for some fresh ideas. This is only the third episode, so hopefully, it will keep getting better.

I'm re-watching MDBC though because Park Bogum is life-giving and I can't get over that drama.

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Agree with you on Seo Kang Joon's role. I don't understand his status in the movie industry because it seems like he has nothing to lose whether or not he gets the film that he likes to be in or not. I don't know if it's acting choice. I'm aware that actors tend to be sensitive but do not show it. He's your typical Blood Type A actor. I think his character is realistic (as an actor, not the lifestyle per se), but will it be good for a drama character, I don't know. Kwangsoo has a better struggle as a drama character. I didn't watch the American version,but will there some twist of fàte between these two? Also Kang Joon's character's lifestyle is too humble for an A-list celeb (except for that lavish house), too lazy for a B-list celeb (?), too rich to be a C-list celeb.

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I think the biggest problem with this production is that they are trying too hard to mimic the original instead of translating it to fit Chungmuro's image. The original Entourage was fun to watch because it was what people imagined Hollywood was like.. divas, douchebags and decadence. The drama just feels insincere to me because I can never imagine their celebrities being like that.

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Well,i don't know what you guys are on about but i love it especially the next episode, no faults except the switching scenes.

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Well, as i have watched almost all seasons of original entourage, its kinda predictable wich part will have weakness and wich one will be strong.

The MC on original entourage is indeed flat and boring. A succesful-nice easy going guy that seemingly never shaken by any trouble. Yong bin portrayal here is as expected.

On the contrary eun gap charachter is explored and received more spotlight, understably because they knew this charachter is a show stealer. However i felt his part thrown into my face as show saver instead of sneakily grown on you like Arie did.

What truly dissapoint me is weak writing and editing. The side plot should be more intriguing, i dont find i care of any turtle/joon story. Their ridiculous ventures were what hooked you up to the show. There should be More attitude and big ego from cameos. I felt they tend to play safe and dont bother to show other side of celebrities.

Generally, I think korean entourage doesn't understand what made the original so appeling despite weak plot and unbearably douchey protagonist.
Given how different K-entertainment and holywood work, they should use different angle&plot (they tried to copy as much elements from the original yet its a half assed one) or dont bother to make this remake

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