TV Review: Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 1 (USA, 2016)

The Pied Piper boys are back in a third season of Silicon Valley. Each season gets better and better, and this one is already proving to be its best yet. It is a wonderful blend of humour, honesty, and melancholy.

Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) finds himself in another pickle with his start-up – it all begins where we left season two, with him being fired from his own compression company.

Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) is as crude and funny as ever with his passing comments and offensive language, still only thinking about himself. Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) question whether they should follow Richie or stick with the company they have helped him build.

Their backyard conversation is punctured by a dictionary patch, which just goes to show you, these nerds never change. Jared (Zach Woods) remains painfully supportive of Richie, even taking the time to help him look for a CTO gig at other companies. Such a selfless sweetheart.

Thinks at Hooli go sour for a whole crew of people while their shares go up. Evil Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) decides to terminate employees in order to make money. 1700 people are asked to leave, with some hefty severance packages dished out.

Even with the odds always stacked against him, Richie keeps fighting for his dream. “Action” Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky), a new character in the realm, becomes Pied Piper’s CEO. In this episode first impressions are that he comes across as a great guy, very in tune with his younger counterparts and what is happening in the industry. But all is not what it seems.

A fabulous ep of a great show, even if you know nothing of the tech.


Silicon Valley Season 3 premieres in Australia on The Comedy Channel 8:30pm Tuesday 26 April


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