If there is one thing that Richard is struggling with above all else right now on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” it is a quest to find his voice. When he was CEO of the company, he had a vision of something consumer-based that could ultimately end up changing the world. Unfortunately, now he is looking at a business that, thanks to Jack Barker, is looking more to solve problems at a business level, and is stuffing a great deal of its technology into tiny physical boxes. One of Richard’s frustrations about the new company has in fact actually become more of a reality now.
So where can he go from here? In a sneak peek for this weekend’s new episode (view over here), you can see him with his original team trying to figure out a new idea, something to get back at Jack and establish that he has an important voice in the company he created. Unfortunately, this is probably going to be harder than he thinks.
Just as Richard is trying to find himself, we also feel the same way about the show as a whole this season. The first two episodes have had their fair share of funny moments, but the new arrangement for Pied Piper has marginalized Erlich as a character on the show, and has also taken some of the craziness out of Richard’s inner circle. Jack is no Peter Gregory or Russ; heck, he’s not even Gavin! He’s a smart, effective business CEO who has some quirks (horse breeding!), but is very focused on getting the job done. His view is that you can “save the world” later.
We’ll be back on Sunday with a further review for what is next, and you’ll be able to see the most-recent one over at the link here.
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