Berk has talked about Silicon Valley many times and recently told me I had to watch it. Once he told me Martin Starr was one of the main characters, I was all in! A few days ago I decided to see what it was all about. I was sucked in and ended up finishing the first season within a couple of evenings.

Silicon Valley is available on HBO GO or Now

I don’t have a lot in common with the bunch of geniuses that is trying to make it in the one-hundred-mile-a-minute tech world. That doesn’t stop me from identifying with main character Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) on a million different levels. I think most people would actually.     

Richard has recently built a lossless file compression system that pits him between two very wealthy and powerful investors. He is timid and anxious. He finds himself in a position he’s never been in before and has no idea what he is doing from a business standpoint. He wants to build a business he believes in and doesn’t want to fall into the cult-like model that is very present around the valley.

The immediate cast of characters are all great but I especially enjoy Bertram Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), a satan worshipping, illegal (for a few episodes) Canadian immigrant , that loves Java and torturing Dinesh Chugtai (Kumail Nanjiani). The bickering and competition between the two is both ridiculous and hilarious. Dinesh finds himself in a number of embarrassing situations (usually at the hands of Gilfoyle). I can’t help but feel bad for Dinesh; he’s such a nice guy!

Final thoughts

I appreciate that each of the episodes are 30 minutes. Easy to digest. There are four seasons available right now but the series did sign on for a fifth one. I am going to use the same rating system as the films. I give season one of Silicon Valley the rating: Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy!