Quirky. New. Exciting.
No, I’m not talking about the birthday present that your hipster friend gave you, I’m talking about Silicon Valley. The quirky, new and exciting television show that HBO is rolling out. It features a hilarious cast of actors and a premise that is so interesting it literally unfolds on its own.
So let’s start with the cast. At the fore, is Thomas Middleditch, a Canadian actor known for his roles in Splinterhead and a plethora of entertaining Collegehumor videos (Jake and Amir: Doobs anyone?). He’s surrounded by absolutely uproarious people like Josh Brener and Kumail Nanjani. Comedy potential wise, Silicon Valley would be like the Miami Heat. Stacked.
So without spoiling too much of the show, let’s talk about the premise. Imagine your hippest, techy-ist, nerdiest friend explain to you the awesome dream they had last night. That dream would be Silicon Valley. The plot follows the adventures of six programmers who (like every programmer in SV) are trying to make it big. One critique I would have, is that the writers might have ‘blown their load’ a bit early, for a lot of the conflict that was driving the plot was defused within the first episode itself. Despite this, I still think that Silicon Valley has a lot more mileage in its tank, after all, we’ve only seen the first episode. There is still plenty of places the writers can take the show.
Speaking of the writers, the dialogue in the pilot was decent. In general, the conversations were snappy and sharp, always with a sense of snark and sass. The characters talk like how one would imagine a group of programmers would talk, all the while managing to sound realistic and genuine which is quite a feat. Often times, shows that are about tech-culture make the mistake of sounding cliché and stereotypical and while Silicon Valley makes that mistake at times, it seems to be fairly self-aware and has a satirical tone to the dialogue. It’s almost as if they are poking fun of the stereotypical portrayals of programmers as socially awkward, shy, geeks who talk like how they look.
In summation, I give Silicon Valley a solid 8.3/10. It has a solid cast of actors who can no doubt turn this show into a smash hit, but it’s a bit too early to say beyond mere speculation whether or not they can gel together. The premise is certainly interesting, but the fact that there wasn’t that much left to the imagination by the end of the first episode is a bit worrying. The writing is solid; I don’t have any complaints when it comes to that. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. Episode 2 will be live on Sunday, April 13th, right after Game of Thrones on HBO, so it won’t be hard to find. They’ve posted the first episode on Youtube already, so feel free to go check it out!