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    Silicon Valley, Ep. 3.03: The Pied Piper Crew Slow Down the Momentum in “Meinertzhagen’s Haversack”

    Silicon Valley, Season 3, Episode 3: “Meinertzhagen’s Haversack” Written by Adam Countee Directed by Charlie McDowell Airs Sundays at 10pm on HBO The end of last week’s episode of Silicon Valley was the biggest blow to Richard’s original Pied Piper vision yet; the new CEO Barker had gone all in on the presumably misguided advice of […] More

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    Silicon Valley, Ep. 3.01/3.02: Pied Piper Returns Just as Strong

    Silicon Valley, Season 3, Episode 1: “Founder Friendly” Written by Dan O’Keefe Directed by Mike Judge Silicon Valley, Season 3, Episode 2: “Two in the Box” Written by Ron Weiner Directed by Mike Judge Airs Sundays at 10pm on HBO The great success of Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley has been how effortlessly it manages to mock the […] More

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    The Films of Tomorrow – Hollywood Meets Silicon Valley

    There it all was, the raw shaky cam quality of images that showed nothing of the Sunset Boulevard one usually sees in movies, the much talked about acting chops of two first-time actresses that, lo and behold, are transgender women actually playing transgender women. As I sat in awe watching Tangerine, the first movie shot […] More

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    Silicon Valley s2/Veep s4 Digital HD Giveaway

    The most recent seasons of HBO’s critically acclaimed Silicon Valley and Veep (to get a sense of why, check out JJ Perkins’ coverage of Silicon Valley season 2 and Deepayan Sengupta’s coverage of Veep season 4) are coming out on Digital HD and in conjunction, we are excited to offer one SoS reader a download code for each! The code will […] More

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    The Televerse #198- Interview with Brian Reitzell

    It’s another light week of TV on the podcast, but a batch of spring finales give us plenty to discuss. First we look at the week’s comedies, including the release of Orange is the New Black season three and the finales of Silicon Valley and Veep. Next up are the genre offerings, including finales of iZombie […] More

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    Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.10, “Two Days of the Condor” is a fleeting victory

    What’s most impressive about “Two Days of the Condor” is how it gives the most visceral ending to every possible arc of the season, while still committing to the perceived outcome last week of Richard losing Pied Piper. Richard’s code and the core group get to prove their bona fides, Erlich realizes the importance of his relationship with PP, Gavin Belson gets the boot, Big Head continues to fail his way upward, Russ is back in the three commas club, and even Richard’s lawyer gets to feel the high of a “second chance.” More

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    The Televerse #198- Interview with Brian Reitzell

    It’s another light week of TV on the podcast, but a batch of spring finales give us plenty to discuss. First we look at the week’s comedies, including the release of Orange is the New Black season three and the finales of Silicon Valley and Veep. Next up are the genre offerings, including finales of iZombie […] More

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    The Televerse #196- The Wire (Part 2) with Dennis Perkins

    Summer is finally upon us, giving us a lighter episode list and shorter podcast once again. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Louie, and we follow that with the week’s genre offerings, including a preview of Hannibal season three and Outlander finale talk. Afterwards, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club returns to the […] More

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    Silicon Valley, Ep. 2.08, “White Hat/Black Hat” doesn’t let Richard win

    Richard Hendricks can’t have nice things. It’s not that he doesn’t allow himself to have nice things or even that he doesn’t want to have nice things, it is that he is almost karmicly incapable of having nice things. Through either incredible worry or the incredible stupidity of others, Richard is never allowed to be on unqualified winner. Part of this is due to Richard being an unconfident dweeb, but it is also due to the fact that Richard is the main character on a TV show and thus can’t be top dog for very long. Stories of winners constantly winning become boring because deserved success is boring. It’s fun to watch a single arc of a story be about winning (Friday Night Lights season one) but eventually that team has to start losing (Friday Night Lights season two). So, by the transitive property of TV trope math, because Richard Hendricks is a TV character, he can’t have nice things. More

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    The Televerse #196- The Wire (Part 2) with Dennis Perkins

    Summer is finally upon us, giving us a lighter episode list and shorter podcast once again. First we look at the comedies, including the finale of Louie, and we follow that with the week’s genre offerings, including a preview of Hannibal season three and Outlander finale talk. Afterwards, Dennis Perkins of The A.V. Club returns to the […] More

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