Friday, May 27, 2016

What I’m Watching: Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: Season 3, Episode 4 “Maleant Data Systems Solutions” (B+)

I love that, when developments happen on this show, they’re almost always accompanied by something else that manages to change everything in a whole new way. Richard was smart to suggest a compromise based on Barker’s chart, but, as he pointed out, it was hard to decide whether their rebellious initiative was more impressive than the speed with which they got caught. Richard slipping at the end of the speech was the epitome of his style, never fully polished the whole way through yet full of good pieces. The way that Richard, Gilfoyle, and Dinesh got into the design of the box even though they still detested the idea was entertaining, but naturally that didn’t live too long. Monica going out on a limb and publicly declaring her support for Richard was bold, and Barker seemed rightfully furious that he was being undermined. Gavin’s call to Richard really did have a completely different effect that the maniacal millionaire intended, and it seems that Lori made her decision to get rid of Barker and leave the CEO chair open may have happened before she was able to officially value the product that is Pied Piper. It’s awesome that Big Head has his own incubator and that he accidentally started a far more effective version of what Erlich had been doing without even trying. As usual, the clueless programmer was perfectly content to let others share in his delight since he had no motivation to do much with it. It’s hilarious that Gavin doesn’t recognize any of the Nucleus staff that now works for Endframe, making his speech all the less genuine.

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