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Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart won’t stop insulting each other on Instagram

The last two people you might expect to be involved in a social media flame war would be esteemed Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart and star of HBO’s Silicon Valley Thomas Middleditch. And yet, here we are. For the past week, the two have been going at it on Instagram, mocking each other in short, filter-heavy…

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

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 Valley “excelled 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…

Richard breaks bad on Silicon Valley, and in the process breaks everything else

In his advance review of season three, Erik Adams made the key observation that while Silicon Valley’s ensemble is its greatest strength, it smartly never gets away from keeping Richard Hendricks at the center: “This is still the story of a protagonist with a good idea, noble intentions, and ample vulnerabilities… the…

Haley Joel Osment and a cold snap are the latest disruption to Silicon Valley’s ecosystem

At this point, the failure of the Pied Piper team to achieve long-term success is as much ingrained into Silicon Valley as Charlie Brown’s inability to ever kick the football Lucy Van Pelt holds up for him. Showrunner Alec Berg admitted as much in those exact terms a Vanity Fair interview, pointing out that in the…

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

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,…

The fall of the house of Gavin sets an interesting stage for Silicon Valley

On the surface “Intellectual Property” is a largely disconnected episode of Silicon Valley: The action bounces between no fewer than six different narratives, characters operating out of each others’ orbits and only intersecting occasionally. Yet it’s also exactly the episode that Silicon Valley needs at this stage.…

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

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…

Silicon Valley sets ’em up to knock ’em all down again in season 4

The Peter principle was born in ’60s corporate America, but it’s not relegated to stuffy old workplaces—we basically see it in action every time a new series or film turns out to be a hit. Whether they’re in Hollywood or on Wall Street, executives can’t help but try to wring as much value out of any and every good…