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There's nothing particularly GC about this show. In fact, one of the few female stars called out the "boys club" atmosphere on the set. But I still enjoyed the show. Feel free to talk about that. Can you still enjoy a show that is very male-oriented? How much does behind the scenes drama affect your appreciation of a show?

I am not part of Silicon Valley, or the tech world, but I still found the show very funny. I think Thomas Middleditch, although he's proven himself to be a terrible person in real life, was very funny as Richard and his physical comedy was top-notch. I enjoyed watching Pied Piper grow, fail, grow and fail again. I think the show actually had the perfect run. It began with them as the underdogs and culminated in a very believable and satisfying way.

Did anyone else like this show?

There's nothing particularly GC about this show. In fact, one of the few female stars called out the "boys club" [atmosphere](https://deadline.com/2021/03/alice-wetterlund-responds-sexual-misconduct-allegations-thomas-middleditch-news-1234719765/) on the set. But I still enjoyed the show. Feel free to talk about that. Can you still enjoy a show that is very male-oriented? How much does behind the scenes drama affect your appreciation of a show? I am not part of Silicon Valley, or the tech world, but I still found the show very funny. I think Thomas Middleditch, although he's proven himself to be a [terrible](https://www.vulture.com/2021/03/thomas-middleditch-accused-of-misconduct-at-l-a-goth-club.html) person in real life, was very funny as Richard and his physical comedy was top-notch. I enjoyed watching Pied Piper grow, fail, grow and fail again. I think the show actually had the perfect run. It began with them as the underdogs and culminated in a very believable and satisfying way. Did anyone else like this show?

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[–] ActualWendy 6 points (+6|-0)

I loved it too. Watched it twice. I think I loved watching men like that suffer. I thought all the female characters were great.

That's a good point. There is something cathartic about watching men get their comeuppance. And I agree that even though there were only a few female characters, the ones that were there were well-written. The women were definitely some of the more grounded characters.

[–] Calico 4 points (+4|-0) Edited

If you’re in the tech world, you know people like this. Definitely a show where the entertainment comes from laughing at most of the characters, not rooting for them lol.

[–] lucrecia 3 points (+3|-0)

I love it. :P Still haven't seen all of it, though, watched the first season in full and then loooooads of clips from later seasons. It looks like it gets less funny and less realistic as it goes on, so I was only planning to watch the first two or three. Like, Bighetti seemed to get flanderized from "barely an x-er" to someone with some serious cognitive problems? Aaaaaaand I do not buy that Gilfoyle would actually believe in crytocurrency. I can believe he'd think it was a big pyramid scheme, and still make money from it by selling a modest amount (probably to dinesh, who would be left with a ton of worthless shitcoin. Gilfoyle would put a fake journal entry somewhere that said to buy it because it was gonna be big, then leave it on a system where dinesh would find it. (Dinesh would think he was hacking; there'd be stuff in the file metadata mocking him for thinking it was real). And Gilfoyle would probably somehow steal dinesh's processing power to mine the things in the first place). So anyway, sudden silicon-valley-fanfic-detour aside, that looked like it would annoy me.

Yeah, it definitely does get less realistic, especially the last season. If that would bother you, you made a good call not watching it. That's funny you have such strong feelings about Gilfoyle and cryptocurrency. I thought it was weird, too, how hard he went for it, but then I figured I just didn't "get it" and maybe someone like him would go all in on it. Good to see someone else disliked that part.

[–] lucrecia 3 points (+3|-0)

Haha, you had good timing posting this because I was planning to post a rant on just that! :D

Yeah, I think Silicon Valley normally works as a satire because it's so accurately observed. Gilfoyle is a suspicious, sysadmin type who doesn't jump on trends. I could believe he did a bit with crypto on the side, experimented, had a wallet for some shady endeavours, etc. But that zeal for it? That's not something I've ever seen from anyone of that type, or indeed from anyone I'd consider smart. I could believe he'd lowkey scam people with a currency of his own devising, to punish them for jumping on fads. I can believe he'd find some grand justification for it, something-something preventing mob-rule which leads to witch-burnings. Or I can believe he'd expose a foundational flaw in some other currency for the fun of it, rendering it worthless, if someone he didn't like was making money from it. I can't believe he'd make a fucking powerpoint presentation telling the ceo to go all-in on crypto. That feels more like the idea of a screenwriter than a guy like Gilfoyle. And a bit odd because Bachman is the obvious candidate to go for something like that, and I could see Dinesh pinning some hopes on it. Feels like they just chose Gilfoyle to make it seem more legit.

[–] SylviaWrath 2 points (+2|-0)

Haha what great timing, I just started watching this for the first time this week. Not very far in, but enjoying it so far. Looking forward to reading everyone’s opinions.

Yeah, share your thoughts! I made this post because I just started watching it again for the second time and realized how many laugh out loud moments I had watching it. I think my favorite character wound up being Bighetti. It definitely pushed the limits of believability how he got progressively more clueless, but I enjoyed watching him fail upwards as everyone else struggled.

[–] Veneficca 1 points (+1|-0)

Loved it, watched the whole series at least twice. I did get sick of the rinse cycle repeat of "they fuck up, Pied Piper is doomed, oh wait, something saves the day!" But I loved the side characters like the lawyers, Laurie, Gavin, and Peter, and I laughed hard so many times. Having worked as a tech writer for years, this rang true to my experience.

I didn't realize it until someone else said it, but every season finale is a race against time. And the series finale is the ultimate race against time because they're literally saving the world at the very last minute They definitely ended at the right time because that blueprint was pushing the limits of believability a little more every time they did it.

Haha, I forgot about Ron LaFlame, but I loved that character, too. He's a good example of giving you just enough of a side character so you never get sick of them.