‘Silicon Valley’ ‘Terms of Service’ – Cockiness, Rash Decisions, Octopi, and Hitting the Reset Button

Silicon Valley Terms of Service Review

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Since Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) was named CEO of PiperChat, the power and allure of a title change have gone to his head. To say he was hostile is an understatement; his treatment and reneging on an agreement him and Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) made reached levels only Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) could achieve. Dinesh’s eagerness to resume PiperChat after a disastrous turn last season cost the corporation a whole lot of potential revenue. Dinesh’s hubris, taken form in the amount of product used in his hair for public appearances, cost him and Erlich (TJ Miller) and Big Head’s (Josh Spencer) father () a lot of money.

Denpok’s (Bernard White) feud with Hoover (Chris Williams) over Belson’s friendship continues to spill over this season. Discussions of whether or not Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky) is trying to sabotage the Hooli from the inside leads Belson to forcefully acquire PiperChat just to spy on his video chat logs. The problem for Belson is PiperChat is a breeding ground for sexual predators, a clear violation of COPPA, or the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Matt McCoy’s Pete Monahan is a welcome return to the series after his arrest for drinking Kombucha and fighting a police horse with a shovel. His wiping his fingerprints off of Jared’s (Zach Woods) computer is a clever touch; a trick he learned from prison, for sure.

What is to become of the Pied Piper team? Building Pied Piper from a compression service to a video chat company only to come full circle and end where the series ultimately started seems like an easy out. Two episodes in and it’s like Clay Tarver and the rest of the writer’s group hit ‘reset.’ With nothing else to work on, will this mean Dinesh, Jared, and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) will back Richard with his new internet venture? Jared seems the most likely, but previews for next week’s episode show Richard’s fighting an uphill battle to prove his new project is feasible and not just a pipe dream.

Erlich’s tenacity and persuasiveness may not help him with Jian Yang’s (Jimmy O. Yang) octopus pitch. For all of Erlich’s talk of syntactical error mending and being the fixer can’t save him from making rash decisions. Is the octopus pitch doomed? Erlich, being the slime ball he is would use this opportunity to pitch a VR game or app to drum up investors into funding the faux project. Like he mentions to Big Head, “Any idiot could walk into a fucking room, utter the letters ‘V’ and ‘R’ and VCs will hurl bricks of cash him. Then, by the time they find out it’s vaporware, it’s too late.”