‘Silicon Valley’ returns with a new type of intelligent comedy

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 6:16 PM

The fourth season of HBO’s “Silicon Valley” premiered this April, and it sure did start out with a bombshell.

Richard Hendricks’s (Thomas Middleditch) time as C.E.O. and founder of Pied-Piper, the fictional company the show is based on, is over. Hendricks is taking a step down to focus on building a new project; one he feels is more important and closer to his heart, a new version of the internet.

Currently two episodes into a 10-episode order, “Silicon Valley” has never been better.

For the first time in the show’s run, they are no longer following the juggernaut that is “Game of Thrones” on Sunday nights.

Without the boost in numbers from viewers watching straight through the two shows, I’m sure there were concerns with the show runners. While I’m unsure if there is a drop in viewership, the show’s quality has improved tremendously.

When thinking about popular shows, season four always seems like a huge turning point. Again, back to “Game of Thrones,” season four brought us answers to huge storylines and began the end journey we’re starting to see.

“Breaking Bad” was another where the fourth season was critical. “Silicon Valley” seems to be following the same formula.

At this point, I don’t think I can love these characters any more than I do.

Watching Jared Dunn (Zach Woods) on the show brings me more joy than anything in my life; he really is that great. The main four of the company in Hendricks, Erlich Bachman (T.J. Miller), Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani) and Bertram Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) play off each other so well, you feel they’re actually tech geniuses.

Mix in the great recurring characters like Jian-Yang (Jimmy Yang) and Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), and you have one of the best casts in television right now.

“Silicon Valley” does supporting characters as good as a show possibly can.

With a character like Jian-Yang, someone who lives in the house with the others, he only comes in when needed and never is overused, which makes his character great.

The same thing can be said for Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopoulos) who is turning into one of my favorite characters with his obscene dialogue.

Season four of “Silicon Valley” is shaping up to be the best season of the show so far.

The story is more controlled than the last couple of seasons and we’ve gotten to know the main cast enough that we know how they act, but they can still shock us.

Two episodes in, I couldn’t suggest this to someone anymore than I am right now.

If you haven’t jumped on the train yet, get started while it is still current because people are going to be talking about this show for a long time.

Gabriel Hypes can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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