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Monday, June 2, 2014

Silicon Valley Season Finale: Trending Up

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"We're trending up boys, we are trending up," said Erlich on the season finale.

Richard's compressor cloud thingie wows everyone at the trade conference, and Pied Piper is back on track -- until next season when it tanks again. The key to this show, besides good writing (natch) is that these guys can't seem to get a break. Now that they have a big one it's already less compelling.

Still, HBO has managed to do something that the regular networks can't (as usual), and that's create a show that actually reflects something that is happening in our country in real-time. Usually the major networks are about five years behind reality. That's probably because they are run by older dudes scrambling to find younger dudes to reflect what they think even younger dudes want to see. HBO is smart; it finds people with singular visions for shows and then lets them run with it.

Possible scenarios for next season: Pied Piper becomes huge and the guys become billionaires. Hilarity ensues. Or, Pied Piper gets sued by the other companies that stole Richard's ideas, and the loveable mensch is again up to his ass in bureaucratic B.S. Or last, more of the same that we saw this season, with the push-pull of special interests tugging away at our heroes as they try to launch yet never quite achieve full, er, synergy, or whatever they call it in Silicon Valley.

Stranger still is the romance that appears to be blossoming between nerdball Richard and hottie Monica. Then again, have you seen Zuckerberg or Sean Parker? Woof.

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