I watched Silicon Valley in its entirety over a two week period. Nothing to do with the show, I just think that’s impressive, or worrying, or both.
Silicon Valley follows five guys as they struggle to build a company in Silicon Valley on the back of a revolutionary program. It stars Thomas Middleditch as Richard, Zach Woods as Jared Dunn, Kumail Nanjiani as Danesh, T.J. Miller as Erlich Bachman, and Martin Starr as Gilfoyle.
The show is kicked off when Richard develops an algorithm that can compress files down much smaller than anything ever seen before. He puts it into a music app that he names Pied Piper which he accidentally leaks to huge tech company, Hooli. He and his buddies realize what they have and quit what they are working on to build Richards program and his company quicker than the big companies.
Silicon Valley is very built on the characters and their relationships. Each character is completely unique, and though a bit cartoonish, very real. They all play off eachother SUPER well and have some of the most hilarious dialogue in television. Being along for the ride with these characters as they hit speed bumps and hard times building this company is the best part. To me, at least, Jared and Gilfoyle are extreme standouts in this show, both being completely hilarious in pretty much exact opposite ways.
Now… On to the bad…
I found it EXTREMELY frustrating how after multiple seasons nothing ever seemed to move forward. The guys always seemed to make great progress but end up exactly where they started in the first place, back in the house. I realized that the seasons basically had a formula they lived by. App is going well>They start to get big>Richard is an ass>They almost sell out but don’t>they go back to the house and start over. The first couple times it made sense, but eventually it got tiresome. This last season looks like it will build off of the momentum the previous season finally gave us though and I’m really looking forward to that.
For fans of The West Wing (that have been unsatisfied over the years with television that just can’t live up to it), Aaron Sorkin gave us something that will satisfy us all! If only for a short period of time. The Newsroom is an HBO series written and created by Aaron Sorkin, It follows Jeff Daniels and his new team of reporters on an endevour to bring integrity back to journalism. Sadly, due to disagreements and writing problems it was reduced to a twenty-five episode series. Which, if you think about it, is a single season of most television shows. But, what this show brings you in three seasons, is fantastic and grabs you immediately and consistently. Being that it is based out of a news room, it touches on the modern issues, such as the Boston marathon and deep water horizon. The first season of this show is one of the best seasons of television I have ever seen, nearing the superb quality of the first season on Friday Night Lights. The second season is quite convoluted, all over the place, and sometimes hard to follow. It jumps around in time and I will be honest, I got a little lost. Despite that, I still binge watched it in a day. Season three, being only six episodes, is mainly wrap up and tying up loose ends before cancellation. Everything progresses nicely through and I was happy with how they ended it despite being unhappy it had to end. Jeff Daniels is fantastic, showing an acting quality I didn’t previously know he had even possessed. Emily Mortimer plays opposite him and they play off each other very well. This show has many, many other characters that all do their job very well and are all equally abstract and three dimensional as the last. The one who really stands out though, to me at least, is John Gallegher Jr who plays Jim Harper. Jim Harper is senior producer of ‘News Night’ (the news show they air) and BASICALLY Jim Halpert from “The Office”. I will tell you now though, this show is very political. It doesn’t advertise it as such, but it is created by Aaron Sorkin, a very active member of the Democratic party, and it is really obvious in this show. If you do not agree with the views of the party, but can look past that, you will enjoy it just as much! This show may have been short lived, but it didn’t limit it all in my mind. If anything, it prevented it from running out of ideas and remaining fresh.
Entourage follows Vincent Chase and 3 best friends and agent, on the many roads of stardom. Playing on HBO for 8 seasons, and making everyone who watched it feel poor and want to be a star, Entourage is a guys wet dream. The beautiful thing about this show, is it’s a fantasy land. For half hour, once a week (or multiple hours every day for a binge watcher) we all felt like stars. We were living a life of luxury, being with any girl we wanted, having millions of dollars, and amazing friends. The friends are one of the many aspects that make this show, after all, they are his ENTOURAGE. Eric “E” Murphy play Vince’s manager and childhood best friend, being the only one that seems to act like a normal guy (most of the time). Johnny “Drama” Chase plays Vince’s older brother who use to be a star but has since been forgotten. And “Turtle” plays another friend, who lives off of him and is basically comic relief (still awesome though). You can’t forget my personal favorite though, Ari Gold, his loud, foul mouthed agent. When people talk about Entourage they say it is like the Sex and the City but for guys, which is true. So you probably think it has lots of tits, parties, and star life… also true. What you might not think at first glance is that it has an amazing story and character progression throughout the entire series, with major highs and lows. Yes, you want nothing more while watching this show to be one of these characters, but you get attached to them too. You want to know, desperately, what the group of friends will do next. Will Vince be huge? Will Drama get back in the game? Will Ari be the most powerful man in LA? And so on! I admit, this show is not for everyone. You either love it or you hate it, but you have to give it a shot to see if you love it!