If you live anywhere near the real Silicon Valley, the notion that triumphantly funny HBO comedy Silicon Valley — with its machine-gun onslaught of jokes —could run out of things to skewer might sound ridiculous. If, however, Silicon Valley itself and the tech industry in general seem a bit foreign, some distant land where young people get rich off of good ideas, you might be wondering how the show could have any targets left after two brilliant seasons.
Oh, trust us — we folk who encounter the tech world and its people on a regular basis — they are only getting started over at Silicon Valley.
Or is it?
Things have never been easy for Richard and his friends, whether its Gavin Benson (Matt Ross) over at Hooli stealing (half of) his idea, or Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopolous) and his poisonous investment money or Richard’s doctor (Andy Daly) not helping in any way. But the writers may have outdone themselves as season three gets deeper into the hellish part of tech heaven (finally making it).
Along the way the rapid-fire jokes each seem to hit — Silicon Valley is preposterously accurate in that regard. Nanjiani, Starr, Woods, Miller, Middleditch — the cast knows how to kill it.
so helpful. They’re so unobtrusive. They’re so smart. We have the back and forth but in a very helpful, constructive way.””]
Although critics were only sent three episodes, it doesn’t seem like the show has addressed its problem of (kind of pointlessly) not having a female programmer to share in all the joy and jokes. Last season we had Carla (Alice Wetterlund) but she disappeared quickly (and though she returns in season three, it’s brief and her exit seems final). The aforementioned Cryer as Laurie Bream could use more screen time as could Amanda Crew as Monica, who has been there from the start. If Pied Piper is taking the next step in expansion, it will need more programmers, and getting the female perspective seems a no-brainer for fertile comedic opportunity — but again, HBO only sent three so maybe that will happen in coming episodes.
Beyond that, the early season three offerings are as funny as ever and a welcome return to the schedule.
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods
Creators: Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Dave Krinsky
Airs Sundays at 10 p.m. on HBO.