Saturday, May 12, 2018

What I’m Watching: Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: Season 5, Episode 7 “Initial Coin Offering” (B+)

I didn’t realize that we had a truncated season of this show with the past three years offering up ten episodes apiece and this one ending after just eight. At least it’s already been renewed for a sixth go-round, though I feel like this one has sort of flown by. The scene that I found most memorable in this half-hour was the one in which Richard went with Gilfoyle to pitch the idea of cryptocurrency to Monica, demonstrating that there are bad ideas and those that can go over horribly with others, producing sentiments like Monica expressing that she couldn’t even believe Richard would come to her with something like this. Fortunately, as things are always cyclical on this show, Richard got to deliver wonderful news of a partnership even more exciting to him than promoting Jared to COO, inviting Monica to come work with him on the cryptocurrency plan that ended up failing miserably. Laurie did seem to take Monica leaving as well as can be interpreted for someone who has no hard feelings and no feelings at all, but now she’s gone and partnered with Yao instead, which is sure to throw a huge wrench into the prospective success of any upcoming Pied Piper endeavors. Gavin reluctantly agreeing to work with a North American city was tanked extremely quickly not just by his exorbitant demands but by the hilariously ridiculous chain of events that occured because he drained the city’s resources to pay for everything he wanted.

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