In many ways, the third season of Silicon Valley was the breakthrough season for the little show that could, as the first season was only eight episodes and the second felt like a transition year, after star Christopher Evan Walsh unfortunately passed after the first season. The third season is when Silicon Valley finally came into its own and it is available on Blu-ray and DVD from HBO Home Entertainment on April 11th and is well worth picking up.
Some of the highlights of Season 3 of Silicon Valley include a standalone episode, rare for the show that is so focused on the developments of Pied Piper, and main characters Richard (Canadian Thomas Middleditch), Erlich (T.J. Miller), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), and Jared (Zach Woods). Up until this point we haven’t seen many of the characters involved romantically, with the exception perhaps of Gilfoyle, besides Richard’s hopeless crush on Monica (Canuck Amanda Crew).
In the episode entitled ‘Bachmanity Insanity’ (named for Erlich Bachman and his upcoming bacchanal), the boys of the show are all looking for dates. Richard is dating Winnie, a coder for Facebook, who he is horrified to discover uses spaces instead of tabs while coding. While some have compared this episode to a Seinfeld joke, I think that it is flat out brilliant, despite not really knowing the difference myself (I sent out a mass “spaces vs. tabs” text to my coder pals immediately afterwards). In the episode as well, Dinesh has a long distance relationship with Elizabet from Estonia. In the meantime, the video chat isn’t working properly and once it clears into focus, she mentions that she has a “boyfriend”. The true stud of the episode turns out to be Zach, heretofore thought to be the nerdiest one of the group.
The irony of the show is that despite playing Man Babies, the stars of the show could not be more popular, with Middleditch starring in a series of commercials, Woods appearing in Ghostbusters and Mascots, Miller in Deadpool and Office Christmas Party, and Nunjiani emerging as the true breakout, thanks to the Judd Apatow-produced The Big Sick coming in July from Amazon Studios and having one of the most popular Twitter feeds (which helped explain the term “”cuck”). As well, Nanjiani is hopefully no longer being confused for Kunal Nayyar, as he is the true star of the show (and sings the Crispian St. Peters song Pied Piper while wearing the ugliest jacket in a later episode that was written by Carrie Kemper), (yes, Ellie Kemper’s sister).
The special features include some deleted scenes, though the funniest is T.J. Miller and his extended monologue about the old age of temporary Pied Piper CEO “Action” Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky).
Overall Brief Take
Silicon Valley keeps getting better and better and I can’t wait until season four debuts on April 23rd!