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Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season

by Michael  Cox
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Sep 14, 2018
Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season

To be fair, "Silicon Valley" has some less than sophisticated humor - dick jokes, bad puns and generally crude remarks. But some of the satire in this comedy series is so subtle, so sophisticated, it benefits from multiple watchings.

Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch), CEO of the scrappy little start-up Pied Piper, is back on top and he's finally secured the funding to create his dream of a decentralized internet - and he's doing it on his own terms - as a entity that is truly free and democratic, not a "shitty, addictive parasite that companies...use to spy on us and exploit us."

It's a noble goal, but when it comes to running his own company, Richard falls into some of the same petty, narcissistic traps as his nemesis, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), the manipulative megalomaniac of the omnipotent Hooli. (Hooli, of course, is a Google look-a-like and Richard's former employer.)

Right by Richard's side is his endlessly devoted (heir apparent) COO, Jared (Zach Woods), and his constantly rivaling head programmers, Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani). Together they navigate the absurd ups and downs of the Santa Clara Valley - things like the outing of closet Christians, smart home refrigerators that spy on their owners, and Artificial Intelligence that mirrors human emotion so well it almost threatens to join the Me Too movement.

Still, the biggest threats come from the most innocuous sources. Jian-Yang (Jimmy O. Yang), that irritating parasite that everyone ignores, stages the death of Erlich Bachman and claims 10 percent of Pied Piper, then creates his own Chinese knock-off of the company. While the series one financer Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) goes back on her promises and forces her partner Monica Hall (Amanda Crew) into the murky world of cryptocurrency.

After five seasons the writing on this HBO original series still skewers the world of high-tech with low blows and satire so prescient that venture capitalists are scrambling to tune-in. Now that the Complete Fifth Season is available on DVD and Digital, including all 8 episodes and a Season 4 recap, you may want to invest.


"Silicon Valley: The Complete Fifth Season"
DVD $29.99
www.hbo.com/silicon-valley/

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