Saturday, November 30, 2019

What I’m Watching: Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: Season 6, Episode 5 “Tethics” (B+)

I’m pretty familiar with the typical format of this show and all of its episodes, but I was pretty proud of myself that I knew as soon as Richard told Gavin that he was well aware of all the plagiarism he had done that he was going to find a way to screw him in confessing to his many misdeeds. Richard impressed by identifying a line from his code of “tethics” from a restaurant menu, and, unfortunately, he went about it the wrong way and managed to get himself into serious trouble following his nervousness about not knowing how to act when things were going well for a change. I was curious why we were seeing Russ at the start of the episode, worrying that it might just be a moderately worthwhile parade of former players before this show’s finale, but his absurd “Mad Max: Fury Road” takeoff turned out to be a potential saving grace for Richard and everyone at Pied Piper. Getting into business with him is definitely going to be a bad idea, but I’m sure it will be an adventure. Dinesh would get a terrible allergic reaction from stealing the lei that was supposed to be worn by his unbearable underling who stole his first class upgrade, and of course it would happen when he was supposed to be soaking in the sun in Hawaii. My favorite part of the episode was watching Monica and Gilfoyle compete for who could get the most people to like them to improve their interpersonal ratings, something they settled by tanking the entire system to get back at Tracy.

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