During Tuesday night’s premiere festivities in San Francisco for HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” creator Mike Judge was asked what the show’s fourth season will bring.
“There’s sex, and it’s not with horses,” he replied with a sly grin.
All righty, then. There you have it: A major scoop!
Judge was, of course, referring to last season’s infamous scene involving equine intercourse — a vivid example of how this hilariously unpredictable, tech-savvy satire is willing to go just about anywhere for laughs. And apparently that strategy will continue when the show returns at 10 p.m. April 23.
After HBO screened Season 4’s first two riotous episodes for a large group of invited guests at the Letterman Digital Arts Center on the Presidio, Judge appeared in a panel discussion along with co-showrunner Alec Berg and cast members Thomas Middleditch, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjani, Amanda Crew and Martin Starr. (Unfortunately, T.J. Miller was not in attendance). As usual, they walked a fine line while trying not to drop any major spoilers.
Middleditch pointed out that, unlike previous seasons — when much of the conflict pitted his character, Richard, and his nerdy housemates against outside forces — now much of the conflict has the guys going at each other.
“It’s about the struggles within this group,” he said.
Indeed, as Season 4 begins, there is plenty of unrest among the Pied Piper bunch. Richard’s mishandling of the company has left the others frustrated. A mutiny is brewing. Meanwhile, Richard is so uninspired by the direction the group is taking with Dinesh’s video-chat app, that he contemplates breaking off on his own.
We’ll refrain from giving anything away, but fans can be reassured by the fact that the opening episodes prompted lots of laugh-out-loud moments among the Bay Area audience (which, of course, included plenty of techies). And there seemed to be more of an emotional oomph than usual in some of the scenes — even a bit of poignancy.
One very welcome surprise: Russ Hanneman, the fast-talking, flashy and abrasive venture capitalist played by Chris Diamantopoulos, makes a return appearance.
During the after-screening party, I asked Berg if the show shot any scenes in the Bay Area this year (they typically make one or two trips here a season). He told me they came to Oracle Arena in Oakland, but wouldn’t tell me what those scenes entail. I’m hoping that maybe the Pied Piper boys got invited to check out Steph Curry and the Warriors?
We’ll have more on Tuesday night’s event and Season 4 of “Silicon Valley” as we close in on the premiere date.
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