Sunday, June 26, 2016

TV Show Review: Silicon Valley (Season 3)

One of the funniest shows on television concluded its third season tonight. Holding the timeslot right behind Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley provides the humor to balance the bloodshed and betrayal. The show explores the comedy of the computer development industry as Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) attempts to start a business with his new and highly effective compression algorithm. Along with his two programmers Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), his incubator owner Erlich Bachman (T. J. Miller), and his assistant or consultant Jared (Zach Woods). 

The effective technology does not have it easy with a rollout filled with a ton of hilarious complexities. Monica (Amanda Crew) tries to guide the guys as they face lazy salespeople, unimaginative CEOs, and the threat of a selfish competitor Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), head of the Hooli corporation. 

There are all sorts of hilarious hijinks but there are some exceptional hilarious moments like Erlich's giant luau party on Alcatraz or his pesca-pescatarian dietary restriction. Richard has to explain his compression to everyday consumers and deal with the press despite crippling social anxiety. Dinesh stumbled onto a successful video chat app and tussled with Gillfoyle about having friends and an ugly company jacket.

Silicon Valley is a great follow-up to the sword and sorcery show with comedy that skewers the rich programmers who have taken their beliefs to a point of insanity and lost a sense of irony when their ego grows to large. I hope this show continues because it always has something funny and prescient to say. 

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