Silicon Valley - Season 4
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The fourth season of the American comedy television series Silicon Valley premiered in the United States on HBO on April 23, 2017. The season contained 10 episodes, and concluded on June 25, 2017. This is the final season to feature T.J. Miller as Erlich Bachman.
Giving the season a B+ grade, Ben Travers of IndieWire praised the show's \"renewed focus on the dangers of ambition\", and writes that the fourth season \"becomes a bit more thoughtful and bit more ambitious\". In Vulture, Odie Henderson called the season the show's funniest yet.
Most of the season's criticisms noticed the show's repetitiveness, but often found the series funny nonetheless. Verne Gay of Newsday wrote, \"There's a sense that we've traveled down this road paved with silicon once or twice before, but the ride is still smart, engaging, and highly informative.\" Still, when reviewing the season finale, Alex Riviello of Slash Film expressed disappointment that \"the season squandered any forward momentum it promised with the premiere\" Similarly, The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg wrote that \"The biggest problem with [the season finale episode] is obviously that it repeats the series' pattern of ending seasons\".
Now in its fourth season, HBO's sharp satire on the tech industry, Silicon Valley (not to be confused with HBO's sharp satire of politics, Veep) has settled into a familiar formula. But then again, most successful comedies do. Just because we know that the lads of Pied Piper will (1) work hard to make a great app and that (2) it will immediately fail and they'll (3) get out of trouble and will (4) find an alternative way to use their smarts in a rollercoaster fashion throughout each season doesn't lessen the tension. What makes the show so great is that it continues to find new ways to surprise us in what greed-fueled tech Deus ex machina will appear next -- though this year it's a little more predictable than before.
While the show has chronicled the slow rise of Pied Piper and its eventual fall, Season 4 feels a little bit like a reset. The gang may not exactly be working together this time around, but they all remain in Erlich's incubator house, never far from each other's orbits. Belsen remains nearby as well, and seems to be taking on a larger role this season (as of the first three episodes given to critics, anyway). The series' inherent volatility -- in the personal relationships as well as the professional ones -- keeps things fresh even as old patterns are repeated (like when Dinesh starts to do well, Gilfoyle gets in his head, and Dinesh sabotages himself. Or when Richard is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, is given a eureka moment, and then is thwarted by a technicality).
Season 4 isn't (yet) as laugh-out-loud funny as some previous seasons, though there are a few unexpected moments that are truly brilliant. Silicon Valley's causational world is a little easier to decode, four years in, though the new ways the show finds to reward and punish the work of its leads can occasionally be delightfully unpredictable, even if it fits into a familiar framework. Still, if there is anything that feels a little stale it may be the interactions among the team, who have essentially remain unchanged throughout the years. As Pied Piper shifts and innovates and grows, so too should its major players. It feels due for an upgrade.
The fourth season of HBO's satirical comedy \"Silicon Valley\" premiered April 23, and the iconic opening sequence got some minor makeovers. The intro shows miniature recreations of real tech companies, their details giving the audience clues about what those companies have been up to in the last couple of years.
The bombshell news signals an apparent shift for codemeister Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and his not-always-merry band of uber-techies. After spending three seasons perfecting then losing then regaining control of their billion-dollar compression technology, he now is looking to build a new Internet.
\"It was kind of becoming clear that he didn't want to do the show anymore, but we wanted to leave it so that there would an opportunity to come back at some point. And so we just talked about how to do that,\" Judge explained. \"We had already written the part about Gavin going off to a monastery ... So we thought, maybe we have Erlich go look for him. And then when the season was done, we talked to T.J. and said, 'Do you want to come back for part of it' And he just wanted to move on. We wanted to give him an out if he wanted to go.\"
Miller explained to THR(Opens in a new tab) that HBO had approached him with a potentially reduced role for Season 5, because his schedule was too hectic to appear in the full season, and that conversation opened the door for his eventual exit.
HBO has debuted a new piece of Silicon Valley Season 4 key art drawn by famed comic book artist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Wilson), along with a trailer for the new season. You can check out the Daniel Clowes art in the gallery, along with the trailer below! Season 4 of the series will premiere on Sunday, April 23 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Also, check out the link below for our recent video interview with Clowes and the Wilson cast!
In the sixth season of VEEP, we find President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) now out of office for the first time in years after her loss in a Senate vote to resolve an Electoral College tie last season. Forging ahead to secure her legacy and find her place in the world, while much of her staff pursues endeavors of their own, Season 6 finds Selina and her band of fellow misfits hilariously attempting to make their mark while navigating the political landscape in Washington and beyond.
Change is in the air in Season 4 of Silicon Valley as the Pied Piper guys pursue their video-chat app, PiperChat, but Richard (Thomas Middleditch) has a hard time letting go of his dream to put his algorithm to better use. As Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) flirts with notoriety while Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) looks on in amusement, Erlich (T.J. Miller) searches for his next big break, Jared (Zach Woods) attempts to pivot with the company, and Big Head (Josh Brener) enters the world of academia. Over at Hooli, Gavin (Matt Ross) finds himself threatened by Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky), while Monica (Amanda Crew) struggles to bounce back at Raviga after her fallout with Laurie (Suzanne Cryer). Sharp, irreverent and hilarious,Silicon Valley continues to lambast the self-important world of tech in a season that finds the Pied Piper guys looking to leave their mark, even as they continue to fumble along the road to success.Brandon PetersBrandon is the host, producer, writer and editor of The Brandon Peters Show (thebrandonpetersshow.com) on the Creative Zombie Studios Network. At Why So Blu he is a Writer/Reviewer. Brandon is a lifelong obsessive film nerd. As eager to educate in the world of film as I am to learn. An avid lover of horror, schlock and trash. You can also find older essays on his blog Naptown Nerd (naptownnerd.blogspot.com).
Crew said the new season will continue to reflect the tech world -- and not just as a target of satire. In season 4, she said, \"you think you're going one direction and all of a sudden it takes a windy, twisty turn. That's very true to the tech world: it's a lot of pivoting.\"
Halfway through its fourth season, HBO announced today that it has issued a Silicon Valley renewal for its fifth season, but there is one big change in the mix. The network also announced that series regular T.J. Miller, who has played the enigmatic Erlich Bachman since the first season, will be leaving the show after this current fourth season. Here's what HBO had to say in a statement about T.J. Miller parting ways with the series.
\"The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5. In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.\"
Erlich Bachman has always been one of the creative pillars of the show, who not only invested in the Pied Piper company, but allowed the company to grow out of his very own house. It isn't clear quite yet how he will be written off of the show, or if his departure will be addressed at the end of this season, or at the beginning of next season. The Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Silicon Valley takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show concludes its ten-episode fourth season Sunday, June 25 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).
CC: Absolutely, in season 4 a character has been in the basement since 1990; we realized that it took a while for web to take off. We portrayed guy in a basement collecting post-its handwriting URLs. It was a website every few days; into a website a second. So he has collected them, and we have a visual representation of his whiteboard.He gives them to his friends, who gives them to someone else; she builds her own website that links to each site;
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