Having missed the premiere of the new HBO TV series Silicon Valley on Sunday, I watched it online today (if your cable subscription includes HBO you can stream the show to your PC).
I didn’t get too excited with the first episode.
But it was definitely watchable and had a few funny moments.
The first episode was 30-minutes long and I believe the remaining episodes will be of the same length.
The New Hollywood
Silicon Valley is so much like Hollywood – The self-generated hype far outweighs the real contribution to society at least 100-fold.
If John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor were our icons in past decades, today’s youngsters genuflect at the altars of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Marc Andreesen and Vinod Khosla.
A satirical take on the inflated self-importance of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, programmers, incubators, venture capitalists and tech billionaires, the first episode touches on all the key points about the tech epicenter that excites the hordes in America and around the world.
The opening episode centers around a bunch of Silicon Valley youngsters (including an Indian) who have developed a hot compression algorithm that has wide application in the business world and quickly gets acquisition and investment offers.
You see the show’s characters mouthing oft-heard nonsense from real-world Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, CEOs and executives like next big thing, making a difference, giving back, making the world a better place, game-changing, dropping out of college, cradle of innovation etc.
Having gotten used to binging on high quality Korean TV shows, I found Silicon Valley a bit crude and lacking in slickness.
I couldn’t help feeling it was a low-budget affair and not that well-written.
But I’m curious to see where the show’s creators take it in the coming episodes and plan to watch the entire series (eight episodes in all).
The next episode of Silicon Valley airs on HBO at 10PM on April 13, 2014.