New season of SILICON VALLEY in the house, watch trailer
The wait is getting shorter as April brings the new season of Silicon Valley. Ahead of its premiere on April 23, HBO released the official trailer and key art for its acclaimed comedy.
At the end of Season 3, Jared’s (Zach Woods) clickfarm scam had been discovered and covered up, a scandal threatened to gut Hooli king Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), a side project could become an accidental focus, and Erlich (T.J. Miller) and Big Head (Josh Brener) have a new asset.
Thomas Middleditch stars as Richard Hendricks, the code-brilliant but corporate-clueless company runner whose billion-dollar platform could change everything — if he and his team of uber coders (Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr) can ever get it all together. Amanda Crew, Suzanne Cryer and Jimmy O. Yang co-star in the comic techie romp, which was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky. (via Deadline)
"Over the past few years, HBO Sunday nights have evolved into a temple of television greatness. First, Game of Thrones would melt faces and then the tag-team of Veep and Silicon Valley would arrive and clean up the mess. When those three shows were grouped together, we were treated to the most entertaining block of television I’ve seen in my lifetime. Watching these shows without Game of Thrones (which premieres this summer) will be a strange experience. Thankfully, Silicon Valley has evolved into event television on its own, a comedy that respects its characters, presents real stakes, and isn’t afraid to leave a bitter taste in the audience’s mouth when necessary. Like Veep, this series throws full-punches, not half-hearted jabs." (Slashfilm)
Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 23 at 10 PM and check out the trailer and key art below:
"The centerpiece of “The Uptick,” the terrifically satisfying season capper, is a profane Erlich Bachman soliloquy about how he turned the Silicon Valley buzz mill to his advantage. Based on Pied Piper’s dismal Daily Active Users data, the venture capitalist crowd believes that the company is in a “death spiral,” but Erlich, bolstered by the recent uptick in D.A.U. numbers, uses that information to make it seem like an undervalued company back on the rise. In typical “Silicon Valley” style, Erlich’s story is framed by a masturbation anecdote — shades of the great “middle out” whiteboard that closed Season 1 — but as he’s describing his “Mona Lisa” of venture capital manipulation, we know that the uptick is phony. If Jared hadn’t shuffled the company’s last dollars to a “clickfarm” in Bangladesh, then the D.A.U. numbers would have flatlined." (NYTimes)
"Season 3 felt more like a sitcom than Silicon Valley generally has, since many of its episodes presented problems that conclude conveniently in exactly 30 minutes. In the season premiere, Richard mulled over quitting the company after his demotion—but ultimately decided to stay. When Richard and the team later plotted to overcome Barker, Richard accidentally revealed their whole plan at the end of the episode. And the season’s fifth episode went ahead and undid that development anyway—by firing Barker and basically hitting “reset” on the whole season. In its own way, this season finale feels like a similar reset—handing the company back to its rightful C.E.O. and throwing in owners with an emotional stake to boot. As Silicon Valley gives us the runaround over and over again, like a long game of Chutes and Ladders, it manages to drop story threads along the way, hiding chutes with the power to plop us right back at square one. With each season, the product gets closer to completion—but the genius team behind it always remains paradoxically inept." (Vanity Fair)
"Among the many shuffling pieces in Season 3, the connections are as strong as ever. Judge keeps things moving as he introduces fresh arcs, and the foreshadowing in each episode — and each closing credits sequence, via more stellar music choices — pays off post-haste. "Silicon Valley" has always had a firm narrative structure, even when its thorough analysis of the tech world forces dense explanations of everything from the specifics of voided corporate severance packages to the challenges associated with switching from a consumer-facing to a business-facing product launch. There are a lot of, "In other words…" segways, but it’s hard to blame Judge for using a device that works so well in an environment that demands a little dumbing down for anyone who didn’t go to Cal Tech. What’s truly impressive, though, is how these intricacies ground the show in a universal empathy among office drones — myself, as an employee of a business recently purchased by a media conglomerate, found more than a few relatable scenarios in these first three episodes — and yet they’re somehow still hilarious." (Indiewire)
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