The Return of HBO’s Comedy Silicon Valley by Dylan Hans
While talk of HBO’s spring lineup will mostly be about Game of Thrones and the frenzy that follows, the network brings back raunchy workplace comedy, Silicon Valley.
The story of real-life high-tech lifestyle in the home of new start-up companies is set for its second season. Silicon Valley is unlike previous HBO comedies. Series creators Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky have laid the proper groundwork for a fully developed show.
The series revolves around Richard (Thomas Middleditch) and Erlich (the brash T.J. Miller) and their company Pied Piper. The season begins with a series of tragedies that hijacked the gangs’ hopes for quick success.
Who wants to watch a show about a bunch of smart guys succeeding?
The influence of cutthroat capitalism and the ideology of the “man holding the biggest stick makes the big decisions” prevail. Pied Piper consists of men who lack strength in social settings; they aren’t the best chazzers, let’s say. Yet, the jokes keep coming with each one better than the prior. Tiny jabs at the alternative lifestyle and almost breathing persona of Silicon Valley, California. The writers know their subject.
This new age of startup companies and innovation instigates thoughts of collaboration and imagination. The show stresses the importance of the Pied Piper group working together—continually fighting to come up with ideas to promote efficiency, to top whatever their latest great idea may have been and make it even better. Of course this all leads to a hilarious pomo mess.
The show has shining moments of realistic workplace idiocracy. With guys like Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani)— both absolutely inept anywhere beyond their computer screens— fighting over the attention of girls and trading jabs about how “cool” they are.
At times the jokes run on too long and similar characters share a dreary tone. This may play to the strength of the actors, but sometimes is too forced. That said the show is not pretentious by any means. Any viewer savvy enough to know the scene will enjoy this well done series.