TV.com Commenter Shout-Outs: Your Recent Thoughts On Andy Whitfield's Death, the Entourage Series Finale, and Ringer's Craptastic Boat Scene

This is the last TV.com Commenter Shout-Outs before the 2011 Emmys. Do you know what that means?! Well, absolutely nothing. Except we are really excited about the Emmys! And we are just as excited (no favorites here) about the best comments of the week. Here are some of the best:


Let’s get the sad news out of the way first. Andy Whitfield died this week of cancer. He was just 39. Anyone who saw the first season of Starz’s Spartacus: Blood and Sand remembers what a physically impressive and gifted actor he was. A true tragedy.


Whedonrules felt Whitfield deserved an Emmy for his work:

This news is the saddest thing I've heard. Andy Whitfield had such a promising career. He was so wonderful as Spartacus and had a fan in me from the first episode of Spartacus. My condolences and good thoughts go out to his young family and to those he worked with on Spartacus, which seems like an incredibly close cast and crew. He should have gone out with an Emmy but didn't even get nominated because those that vote were so scared of this brilliant young actor that gave Starz credibility in creating drama. I am a fan of Bryan Cranston but no way did he deserve Best Actor over Whitfield last year and Whitfield didn't even get a ticket to the show. RIP Andy, thanks for Spartacus.


Okay, moving on to lighter stuff! Entourage aired its series finale last Sunday. It was kind of terrible, and yet, waving off Vinnie and his pals in their chartered Learjets, their faithful women on their arms, one couldn’t help feel … just kind of annoyed.


antifuse found much of it unsatisfying, and hard to swallow:

I felt like it was just "Hey, we need to clean up all these loose ends. So let's just throw together a whole bunch of happy endings in half-an-hour and we'll be done." Ari's ending was the only one that was particularly satisfying to me—including the bit at the end after the credits. Vince and Sophia getting married was the most ridiculous thing of all, though—this girl is presented as being FAR too levelheaded to marry Vince after one 24-hour date, so it really seemed thrown in. Pity, because I was actually pretty happy with this season, otherwise.


logossun thought the finale was pandering … to soccer moms, of all people:

Well, that was about as comic book as you can get... it carries a message that whatever your poisons and pitfalls (and money and fame), love and family wins out in the end. It's not realistic, but it's what soccer moms would want. However, it was far, far too much for a single thirty-minute episode. All in all, a poor episode, but I've enjoyed the run with the boys. RIP.


But some of you liked it! AydinTurgay thought it hit the right notes:

They really pulled it together this season. After last season's inexplicably dark turn, the show got back to doing what we love—it gave us really likeable characters who we want to root for, and who we're happy for when they get their happy ending. Between Vince holding on to Turtle's Avion stock, Lloyd's emotional farewell to Ari, and Johnny's big break, we got some really great endings to peripheral characters (though I would have liked to see one final scene with Billy). I love that it didn't end with Vince getting an exciting new movie role—we've already seen that many times. And finally, I love that the main story ended with Eric and Sloan, as we sometimes forget that Eric is really the main character, not Vince. It wasn't the greatest series finale ever, but I really liked it and I'm really happy that I stuck around until the end.


Finally, the new fall season at The CW has already brought us two great achievements in craptastic television. One was awesome, and I have watched it approximately twenty-five times already (the Ringer speedboat scene), and one was just plain crap (H8R). Tim Surrette, our intrepid staff craptologist, bravely documented both.


toughbax thought Ringer had some SyFy flare to it:

I was half expecting Sharktopus to jump out of the water.


fonsecajr tried to get inside the mind of the creative team:

"What's wrong with the boat scene CGI?" —Guy who worked on the boat scene CGI.


Lauravankessel just had a question about nature vs. nurture:

I also think it's such an amazing coincidence that the sister with the expensive name (“Siobhan”) turned out to be the rich bitch and Bridget... well... you know, not so much! Almost as if their parents intended it this way! Poor Bridget...


And as for H8R, well, take it away, lalaforever1989:

So I was laying in front of my TV watching this garbage (didn't make it through the whole thing). And I was actually praying that my ovaries would continue to punish me, not for being a woman, but for watching this awful, awful show. And yes that was a period joke.


Uh, thanks, lalaforever1989! And that wraps things up for this week. Remember to Always Stayfree to express your thoughts about TV in the comments section. In the meantime, we'll see you on Sunday for our live-tweet of the Emmys!

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so much talent and from what everbody says a wonderful guy all around..we so often lose the best,don't we?
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So sad about Andy Whitfield even before Blood & Sand I was one of the 5 people who just utterly loved Gabriel. He blew me away the first time I saw it in the cinema and I couldn't wait to see what he did next. I really thought he would become one of my go to actors, when ever something comes out I go to the cinemas to see it. So so sad my thoughts are with his friends and family.
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I really don't think Ringer's boat scene was THAT bad. Come on. It wasn't great obviously but I don't see what the big deal is. They even made fun of it on The Soup. And SMG is a great actor...
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I enjoyed BtVS, but SMG is just an aweful actor. Having two of her in a soapy scene with very poor CGI is just bad TV. Also, why the hell would she jump into the water to try and find her sister instead of the 360 high angle view from the boat?
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I thought she jumped in because she saw Siobhan's jacket or something floating and she thought it was her.
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I am so glad you brought up the boat scene. Ridiculous. Like Sci-Fi Network original movie ridiculous. I just figured they spent their special effects budget on Sarah Michelle Gellar pulling double duty.
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Oh, come on! There's nothing wrong with the boat scene!!! And yes, I mean it! What are you people watching?
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I actually like the show but how could you not see how bad the bluescreen effects in that scene were? It felt like a scene made 20 years ago. And it can't be that expensive to film such a scene in real water.
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I was, am still am to a point, impressed with "Ringer". But, when I saw the boat scene, my first impressions was, WTF!
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I wasn't that disappointed with the scene, even though I'm usually extremely picky with details like that. Somehow I thought the lame execution of the filming was so campy that it was actually quite entertaining.
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It is indeed a shame about Whitfield. At least he loomed large before going -- more than most of us can brag about.



As for the Entourage finally, it seemed to me a real cop-out. Eight years of witty banter and decent characters and then everything is unnaturally tied up in the last thirty minutes. I don't buy it, and I don't see how anyone could.
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He was a good actor. It's a shame. And deserving's got nothing to do with death. We all have it coming.
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The Passing of Andy Whitfield is sad, especially at that age. I myself am stil suffering of cancer, Multipli Myeloma since 2004, my roommate in hospital when I had my stemcelltransplant died in 2005, so my thoughts go out to Andy Whitfields family. This tradegy shows there are no bounderies to who gets the big C and loses the battle! Life's unfair.
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You sir are very VERY welcome!
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great that entourage is finally gone, only about 5 years too late.

ringer boat scene was no worse than crappy water scenes in lost, and I bet you loved that ;)

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