Silly-con Valley: The Second Season Premiere

Jordan P., Editor-in-Chief

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It’s really hard to follow the cinematic monster that is Game of Thrones, but that is exactly what HBO asked Silicon Valley to do last year and expects them to do again this year. Honestly, it’s a nice comedic break after a show that can be violent to a point that it’s difficult to watch. The key to Silicon Valley’s season one success, in my opinion, was the balance it struck between the high-tech world that the characters live in and the rather immature and silly humor it utilized. As a viewer, you never felt dumb even if you had no clue what no loss data compression was. You could not understand what Pied Piper was trying to do at all and still enjoy the show. For that, you can thank the cast. Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and TJ Miller make up the core group of the show. All of them are hilarious on their own, but when you put them together there is a certain type of chemistry that comes out: you really feel like you’re watching four friends who like being around each other and like joking around together. They may not be the biggest names in the acting world right now, but they fit their character’s personalities perfectly and that may be more important than having the big name.

To be honest, I’m a little concerned about where season two is headed after the premiere. I felt like the show strayed a little too deeply into the world of Silicon Valley; there was too much focus on the lawsuits and changing of CEO’s and all that. Obviously, these events are necessary in order to move the storyline along, but I felt like a majority of the time was focused on the technicalities that I honestly just don’t care about. I don’t watch this show in order to see what it’s really like to run a start up tech company in Silicon Valley; I watch it for some silly, immature humor, but maybe that’s just me. TJ Miller was my favorite character last year, and it seems like that will continue this season as well. He’s just too crazy to not laugh at. I mean, just look at the guy’s facial hair; you’ll get a sense of what kind of character he is. I hope the show can follow TJ’s lead and stay loose and silly; I’m a little concerned that the show will lose some of its humor now that the first major storyline has come and gone.

If you haven’t seen the show before and you don’t mind some silly, low-ball humor, I highly recommend the first season. As for the second season, we’ll see how it goes, but the premiere wasn’t all that encouraging.

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