Sunday, 28 June 2015

Is HBO's "Silicon Valley" Funny? It Depends On Where You Sit.

I’ve always wondered how cops felt about NYPD Blue, or how lawyers feel when they watch Law and Order. Now I know. I just watched the seasons finale of HBO’s reality/sitcom - Silicon Valley. If you haven’t seen the series bit dramatic ending - quick, stop reading. Because I’m going to spill the beans - or the few beans there are. The thing is, much like Law and Order, Silicon Valley is pretty darn enjoyable if you don’t mind a bit of artistic license, and if you’re not one of the main characters. If you’re a startup CEO - it’s little like watching your life flash before your eyes, with a few laughs lines added for dramatic effect. In real life, it’s not that funny. The series revolves around a finctinional company “Pied Piper” with a new killer compression engine. The advisory is Hooli - a big company that looks an awful lot like Google. Hooli is suing Pied Piper for copyright infringement claiming that Richard developed Pied Piper's compression algorithm on Hooli time using company equipment. The CEO of Hooli is Gavin Belson - who acts as the sort of amalgam of all big, powerful, ruthless Valley CEO’s.

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