Monday, June 26, 2017

TV Show Review: Silicon Valley (Season 4)

The hilarious HBO comedy continues to skewer the tech business with the group of lovable loser coders. Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) has transferred his brilliant compression code into a video chat application, PiperChat, and tries to build a new internet. Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) struggles with Big Head (Josh Brener) and Big Head's father for funding of their company. Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) is dating a hacker who he is afraid will start spying on him through the computer. Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) harasses Dinesh for his poor girlfriend choice and becomes jealous as Dinesh rises in the company. Jared (Zach Woods) finds that he has more success when he pretends to be someone else. 

Over at Hooli, Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky) rubs the CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) the wrong way and finds himself in the basement. Dinesh finds himself at the top of the company but when he discovers that most of the users are underage, making this highly illegal. The only solution is to sell Piperchat to Hooli who will then have to deal with the repercussions of the young users. Gavin's decision causes him to lose his position at Hooli as Jack takes over. Big Head finds himself hired by Stanford because of his history as a big tech industry guru even though he has never had any success. Erlich tries to find his own success by investing in a new idea with Jian Yang (Jimmy O. Yang) and his app idea SeeFood. 

Richard searches for funding for his new internet and finds an unlikely ally in Gavin Belson who has become disgraced after his firing from Hooli. Gavin is also keeping his youth by having a young man's blood injected into him. Monica (Amanda Crew) sees promise in SeeFood and demands a demo but Erlich struggles to put something together when he realizes that Jian Yang's app only recognizes hot dogs. This idea works out well though as the app helps block penises from showing up on a more popular chat application. With this success, Monica and Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) start their own company that Erlich hopes to join. Erlich tries to hang out with some other company men but finds that he doesn't have the athletic ability and goes to desperate measures.

Erlich does find success with another wealthy creator Keena Feldspar (Haley Joel Osment) who has an amazing new VR application. Feldspar wants to buy everything and attempts to buy out Richard for a large sum of money that Richard is able to bargain for an even higher price. Gilfoyle works to hack Jin Yang's new smart fridge, which comes back around to save the whole crew when their final plan starts to fall apart. Erlich falls off near the end of the season as T.J. Miller was written off the show, one of the most disappointing pieces of news from this great comedy. Erlich was a memorable character and one of the best so it will be interesting to see where the show goes from here.

Jared nearly parts ways but it looks like this season ends with the crew back on top. This show is always good for a few laughs and a lot of inappropriate humor that lambasts the ridiculousness of the behavior coming out of this West Coast haven for advancement. From absurdly petty billionaires to stressed out hackers, Silicon Valley delivers all of these with great characters at the center trying to succeed with something genuinely new. Mike Judge created this comedy with others after making plenty of other hilarious observations of other cultures in American life.   

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