Silicon Valley ‘Founder Friendly’ Review: Swallow Your Pride


Everyone is talking about Game of Thrones, but there are other HBO shows returning as well. One of them is Silicon Valley, which comes back with yet another fun season about the Pied Piper boys.


Poor Richard can’t catch a break. ‘Founder Friendly’ picks up where we left off on last season’s finale: Richard getting fired. This situation led us to see a very different Richard: he got angry, he was demanding explanations and he was making his own decisions (“I’m gonna fight it!”). He was not afraid to threaten Laurie, complain about Monica betraying him or even getting mad at Gilfoyle and Dinesh. It’s a shame that this attitude finally comes out when he’s out of Pied Piper, but it also goes to show you how much he cares about his project. Elrich and Jared take his side, but it takes a bit longer for Dinesh and Gilfoyle to do the same.

Being a CTO at Pied Piper is still a great job, but Richard is understandably upset and doesn’t want anything to do with the company so he decides to leave. With the help of the always-loyal-cinnamon-roll Jared, Richard gets another job as a CTO of a different company that specializes in… some sort of app for adding moustaches? Thankfully, his attorney, Jerry (who is now in prison) gives him the best advice when he tells him that, sometimes in life you have to swallow your pride. After all, if he’s going to be working in the same position, it’d be best to do it in Pied Piper than on some other unknown company. And then, he can always aspire to be the CEO again with time!

When speculating on what this season could be about, one could expect that it would all be about the team fighting for Richard’s position (especially after the teamwork and loyalty they showed in the season finale), which is why I found it strange that they were all moving on so quickly. This was not the only surprising thing of the episode, though. Even the newly introduced Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky) as Pied Piper’s new CEO didn’t go the way one would expect it to go: he’s not weird, nor arrogant. In fact, he’s a pretty nice guy and he even says that he won’t be CEO unless Richard is CTO. Since Richard was shown turning around by the end of the episode, we can expect Barker to be the CEo and Richard and the others returning to work at Pied Piper. And, with Gavin having “quit” and BigHead being fired from Hooli, the scenario certainly looks different for this third season!


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