Silicon Valley: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)28 Mar, 2015 By: John Latchem
$39.98 DVD, $49.99 Blu-ray
Stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Christopher Evan Welch, Amanda Crew, Zach Woods.
We live in a technological wonderland, an age defined by the ascendency of a geek culture that has exploded over the Internet and dominates the landscape of film and television.
It’s an environment particularly suited for a film such as The Imitation Game, which offered a portrait of a man ahead of his time, struggling to understand a world not ready for his ideas. Fast-forward 70 years, and suddenly the world is dominated by countless flocks of would-be Alan Turings all looking for the next big killer app destined to change the world.
And that leads us to Mike Judge’s “Silicon Valley,” a comedy about how nerds have taken over the world despite having no idea how the world works.
In these first hilarious eight episodes, a group of programmer buddies at the fringe of the tech boom are struggling to form their own company to market a new music app with revolutionary compression software. The primary rival to their own incompetence is a powerful Google-like conglomerate trying to reverse-engineer the technology and flood the market with it.
The comedy flows in abundance as the guys learn the trade and continue to fail upward, while the series pokes fun at the absurdities that occasionally arise from technological progress. Think of it like a TV show version of The Internship, but insightful and actually funny, or a twisted, uncensored cousin of “The Big Bang Theory.”
The show itself should be enough of a selling point, but the Blu-ray includes a few decent extras to take fans behind the scenes.
In addition to several episode commentaries, the Blu-ray offers a 12-minute making-of featurette; a three-minute look at the production of the show’s fictional tech conference, including the hazards of clearing fake company names; and a six-minute tour of the “Hacker Hostel,” the house where all the main characters live and work.