In the high-tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill) brings his irreverent brand of humor, and his own experiences working in Silicon Valley, to the award-winning comedy now entering its fourth season (synopsis (c) HBO).
Poor Richard (Thomas Middleditch)!
No matter how hard the tech genius tries, and he tries incredibly hard, he can never translate his groundbreaking inventions anything truly useful or personally beneficial.
He may have created the fastest and greatest file compression system in the hsitory of California’s Silicon Valley but so far it hasn’t quite set him well down the road to the tech version of the American Dream, a journey taken by people like Bill Gates and Larry Ellison with consummate ease (or the appearance thereof).
And in season 4, what looks like an inspired move on his part, may, and honestly why am I using that word when we all know it will, blow up spectacularly and humourously (for us; him? Not so much).
Ye,s you want to finally succeed but the odds are well and truly stacked against him, partly through inadvertent self-sabotage, and partly through the actions of friends, colleagues and frenemies, and it’s that will he/won’t he/he probably won’t/but he might/naaah, he’s screwed that keeps us coming back every season for one of the best comedies on TV at the moment (and I would argue ever).
Silicon Valley season 4 premieres 10 p.m. ET/PT, Sunday, 23 April at 10 p.m. on HBO.
(source: Screener TV)