Richard experiences pains—growing and otherwise—as Silicon Valley settles into its new digs

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I may have come across as a bit harsh on Silicon Valley in my review of last week’s premiere, but I feel it’s important to clarify that my judgments come from a place of love. When this show is firing on all cylinders, it’s frequently one of the best comedies on television, and it bothers me when it comes across as…

A funny if scattered season of Silicon Valley comes to a funny if scattered end

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Ever since Vikram Murthi filled in for me a few weeks ago, I’ve been chewing on a statement he made in his review, that this year Silicon Valleyexcelled by shifting its focus towards episodic narratives over a strong seasonal arc.” It’s an observation I agree with, though instead of using it to praise the comedy I’m…

T.J. Miller’s on the way out the door at Silicon Valley, but Erlich Bachman’s on the rise

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I’ve spent a lot of time in these reviews criticizing Silicon Valley for its inability to commit to making any major changes (and did so as recently as last week) but now it looks like real life is forcing change on the show. Last week we received the unsurprising news that HBO picked up a fifth season of the series,…

Hubris runs rampant through Silicon Valley, as Dinesh’s new job goes to his head and hair

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For all that Silicon Valley the show and Silicon Valley the industry is about the unchecked promise of technology, the reality is that it’s more about the unchecked egos of its people. These are people packed into a bubble of constant one-upmanship, getting too much money too fast, high on the idea that they’ve…

On Silicon Valley, tables are like Pied Piper—and the tables have turned

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There’s a moment towards the end of “Daily Active Users” where Richard Hendricks is at a point lower than he’s ever been. Not for the physical circumstances of being curled up in Erlich’s bathtub, hair touching a drain that desperately needs cleaning, but for the absolute weariness in his revelation to Jared that he’s…