TV Club: Silicon Valley: “Bad Money”

One of the things that makes Silicon Valley such a successful comedy is that it has the force of personality behind it. As much as the narrative is driven by the show’s take on business and technology, it’s first and foremost about the people who get into this industry and the certain kind of person you have to become to succeed in it. There’s Jared, a savvy business mind yet so repressed and insular his go-to analogies are old Julia Roberts movies; Gavin, who has become so egocentric that he can blithely compare his perceived persecution as a billionaire to Nazi Germany and not see the problem; and Erlich, who’ll make dramatic statements about walking away from a deal but still expect the money he’s owed from said deal. The writers and the actors have perfectly tailored these characters, making them individuals without being caricatures …

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