Now that the finale of Silicon Valley season 4 has aired, it’s time to take a look back at this season as a whole.
*Mild Spoilers Ahead*
As with previous seasons in Silicon Valley, there is a tradition of reusing the same basic plot points with a clever twist. Some examples include the season starting with Richard being apprehensive about a new idea and Bighead getting some kind of great new deal in his life. This usually continues into the team fighting over business practices, Gilfoyle screwing over Dinesh, and Erlich screwing himself over. Finally, Hooli tries to meddle with the process but it backfires on them and the team survives yet again due to both of dumb luck and Richard’s technological prowess.
No matter how many times this same plot is reused, viewers enjoy it immensely. This is because, despite the main story being entertaining by itself, they’re always on the lookout for this parallelism and irony.
This season, Silicon Valley changes things up a bit and manages to both play off our expectations as viewers and be incredibly unique in its own right. Yes, the season starts with Richard being apprehensive of the company’s new move and he even pays his doctor his usual visit. However, instead of just accepting it like usual, he leaves and does his own thing. Bighead succeeds by doing nothing again, but by the end of the season, he’s on probation at his new job.
The team usually squabbles a bit and gets over it, but there were several instances where their friendships and ideologies were truly tested this season. Gilfoyle usually finds a way to screw over Dinesh, but this time he only had to predict it since Dinesh did it to himself. Erlich screws himself over again, but not only does it happen multiple times, he even loses his trademark bravado and decides to leave to Tibet. Hooli is involved this season, but it’s more so the Pied Piper team directly screwing them over this time (at the end at least). The one thing that stays the same is that Pied Piper succeeds due to dumb luck, however, despite it being Richard’s prowess that saves the day it’s Gilfoyle’s.
The dialogue even becomes self-aware with the finale referencing Bighead falling “ass backwards into something”. Another example is Gilfoyle referencing his continued victories over Dinesh and that, at this point, he doesn’t even have to do anything for it to happen.
By that same note, the actors finally come into their own this season. Each character has a very specific personality and defined traits. Each and every single acting performance this season is so self-aware that the characters become more entertaining than they’ve ever been. This is especially the case with Jared who goes balls to the wall crazy with his dialogue this season.
Silicon Valley season 4 was incredibly unique. It managed to tell its own, individual story while also continuing the parallelism of previous seasons. However, rather than directly reusing plot beats in a different scenario, it tweaks the beats just enough to become one of the cleverest seasons of a comedy I’ve ever seen. Not only the plot and the comedy, but the acting this season was also superb. Each cast member of Silicon Valley brought a self-aware humor to their characters that is unique to this show. Silicon Valley is a comedy, but even in its most serious moments, the actors brought a level of gravitas and sincerity that you don’t often see in comedies. My only complaint is that it isn’t very inclusive of people who haven’t watched previous seasons due to how much the previous plot effects the individual episodes. Despite that, this was probably their best season yet and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.