Set amidst the high-tech world of the Silicon Valley in USA, the series revolves around the struggles of six programmers who are trying to make a mark in the big, bad world of programming.
Episode Bite Silicon Valley
This is a review or a reaction to the first four episodes of Silicon Valley (Season 1). As of now, the series has had three seasons. Episode Bites is a feature of Writer and Tales in which we give reviews of some episodes of a series, we might review the entire season in the future but that would not come under this feature.
I had heard quite a bit about Silicon Valley. It’s a series that focuses on tech start ups in … Silicon Valley. The reason I expected a lot from this series is because it’s an HBO series (Game of Thrones fame,anyone?). I watched the first episode and was a little underwhelmed, then the second and thought it was ok. By the time I reached the fourth episode I was ready to write this article because I am not sure I can watch more of this series. I just don’t think it’s for me.
The premise of the show is very interesting, what didn’t impress me were the characters. I see that most of them are supposed to be extremely awkward and funny because of their geekiness but it gets old after four episodes. There is no change in the characters, they’re just confused all the time. The leader of this rag-tag group is just plain clueless. I think if the writing was more witty this show would have been brilliant but right now it just falls flat. I don’t know if this improves later on in the series but as a television viewer I think it’s important to keep the audience interested enough to WANT to know if it gets better. Right now, I just don’t care about any of the characters.
Characters that didn’t impress
- Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller) : I know the actor is capable of being really hilarious (He was so much better in Deadpool). In this series , he is downright intolerable. He plays a “a supremely confident and arrogant entrepreneur” and I just want him to disappear. He’s a leech basically and without him the series would be so much better because his gags and lines are just not funny.I know he is supposed to be annoying but he is just an unnecessary cog in the machine at Pied Piper (The start up) as well as the television series.
Characters that did impress
- Jared Dunn (Zach Woods): I liked his character the best so far. I love the chemistry between him and the protagonist so much more than Bachman and the protagonist.If I continue this series it will be because of this character and how Woods plays him so flawlessly.
The casting of the series is actually pretty good and I like almost all of them except for the main character(Richard Hendricks) and Bachman.
I love the really oddball characters and how their genius is portrayed in the series. There was this one scene in which Peter Gregory gets obsessed with Burger King and I loved how it was played out.
My main problem is with T.J. Miller’s character and how he makes the series almost impossible for me to watch. His obnoxious, exploitative advice and his pompous self awareness could have been channeled in a wittier way. He’s like The Social Network‘s Justin Timberlake , except Timberlake was much much better at being that guy than T.J. is . Richard Hendricks is also just there all the time and does absolutely nothing, I’m sure his character develops quite a bit but right now I just want to see more of the other characters and less of these two who keep hogging the limelight. The supporting cast is the only reason I would continue the series, If I continue it at all.
Overall, you’ll definitely be able to see realistic characters in the series but the series compromises on wittiness to give real characters. The supporting cast dominates and shines in their scenes and makes you wish they would get more screen time. I don’t think I will be continuing the series because I don’t think it’s for me.