REVIEW: ‘Silicon Valley’ Brings New Ventures in Season 4

After three years riddled with turmoil, failure, taste of success, bad decisions and hilarity, HBO’s Silicon Valley has set season four up to provide all the same.

At the end of season three, PiedPiper was, once again, in a bit of a pickle with Richard’s (Thomas Middlesditch) algorithm failing to work quite the way he had envisioned, causing Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) of Ravigna to no longer want to be associated with PiedPiper and move to sell it off to other investors, namely to Richard’s arch nemesis and Hooli founder, Gavin Belson (Matt Ross). Richard, Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) and Jared (Zach Woods) decide to pivot PiedPiper once again and transform the company into a new video chat app with insane quality and clarity.

Season four kicks into overdrive right away, wasting no time jumping right into the middle of the systematic chaos Silicon Valley is known for: Thanks to Dinesh’s superior coding skills, the gang creates a top-notch video chatting app that develops a momentous growth rate in just a few days, ultimately giving one character the chance at being a CEO for the day; despite the early success the video chat app, Richard decides to break out on his own to pursue other ventures; and Gavin and “Action” Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky) experience monumental shifts at Hooli. It’s a small look at all of the shakeups thrown our way in the first three episodes and the promise of entertainment at the sake of our beloved core characters.

At the show’s premiere in Austin earlier this week, creator Mike Judge promises a lot for the newest season, including sex and violence coupled with continued success and failure.

“If they suddenly succeed and they’re all billionaires, you might not care about them as much,” Judge told The Hollywood Reporter. “If they’re complaining about something you might just go, ‘Oh, you’re a billionaire, stop complaining.’ But, at the same time, we can’t keep kicking them down every episode.”


Season four of Silicon Valley premieres April 23 at 10pm ET on HBO.

 

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