Tech Satire: Silicon Valley (TV series)

Now that season 1 of Silicon Valley has ended, fans of the show are crossing their fingers, hoping that season 2 will be soon. I admit I heard about the show but did not pay attention because I was hooked on other shows like Continuum and Crisis. But then there is something about the story arch that I can relate to. It is also great to have an insight how people who work in this kind of area are like.

Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch) unveils the Pied Piper shirt.

Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch) unveils the Pied Piper shirt.

Creator Mike Judge(Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill) spoke in an interview that the characters in Silicon Valley are based on actual people he met when he spent sometime in the tech establishment in the 80s. Perhaps one other reasons why I like this show is the the realization that everyone is the same inside whether they work in the tech industry or whether they pursue other career choices. We are all competitive and we do things to make sure we get even at all cost.

Sometimes it makes you wonder if the show nods at the beginnings of tech kings like Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs. I mean it has all the elements of a satire and all the motley characters to keep you glued for weeks. Just watching each character and following the updates from companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple, I can’t help but wonder if Silicon Valley is indeed a biographical account of these public figures we often watch in these tech conferences.

Richard Hendriks (Thomas Middleditch) is a programmer who is developing a music app called Pied Piper. Pied Piper is like Spotify in a  sense that it relies on music compression for fast streaming while at the same time insures that the quality does not suffer. He lives in a ‘pod’ run by entrepreneur Erlich Bachman (T. J. Miller). Erlich gets a percentage from whatever accomplishments those programmers under his pod gets. Along with other characters , they capitalize on the success of Pied Piper. 

I can honestly say that I enjoyed all the episodes of Season 1. If you like Science shows like Big Bang Theory then you will love Silicon Valley, I guess for comedy if not for the Science.




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