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SERIES INFO

Director:
Various
Cast: Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew
Writing Credits:
Various

Synopsis:
After last season's shocking ending, which found Pied Piper celebrating legal victory just as Richard was ousted as CEO, Season 3 picks up where we left off, with Richard offered the diminished role of CTO and the rest of his team facing the question of just how far their loyalty will go.

MPAA:
Not Rated

DISC DETAILS
Presentation:
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audio:
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Spanish DTS 2.0
French DTS 5.1
Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French
Danish
Finnish
Norwegian
Swedish
Closed-captioned
Supplements Subtitles:
English
Spanish
French

Runtime: 300 min.
Price: $34.98
Release Date: 4/11/17

Bonus:
• Deleted Scenes


PURCHASE @ AMAZON.COM

EQUIPMENT
Panasonic TC-P60VT60 60-Inch 1080p 600Hz 3D Smart Plasma HDTV; Sony STR-DG1200 7.1 Channel Receiver; Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-Ray Player using HDMI outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Kenwood 1050SW 150-watt Subwoofer.

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Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 30, 2017)

HBO’s Silicon Valley returns for its third season in this two-disc package, and this set includes all 10 episodes from that year. The plot synopses come straight from the Blu-ray menus.

Founder Friendly: “Richard (Thomas Middleditch) decides whether to leave Pied Piper for good, while the rest of the team weighs their options.”

Season Two ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and “Founder” picks up from there. Add to that a new character played by the always-entertaining Stephen Tobolowsky and the show launches the season well.

Two in the Box: “The new and improved Pied Piper impresses Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) but worries Richard. Jared (Zach Woods) and Erlich (TJ Miller) each face housing issues. Gavin (Matt Ross) suggests a controversial move.”

“Box” is all about transitions: intellectual, physical and technological. It moves along important aspects of the overall narrative and comes with plenty of amusement as well, especially when we meet Pied Piper’s new bottom-line obsessed sales team.

Meinertzhagen’s Haversack: “Richard searches for a way around Jack. Gilfoyle opens himself up to recruiters. Dinesh draws unwanted attention from a recent purchase.”

“Haversack” offers a bit of panache, as it goes down a nerdy Ocean’s 11 path. The combination of goofy laughs and narrative intrigue make it another winner.

Maleant Data Systems Solutions: “The Pied Piper guys struggle to phone it in. Erlich faces competition. Monica (Amanda Crew) takes a stand. Gavin makes a decision about Nucleus.”

I always liked the “Big Head” character, so it’s good to see him get a little piece of the pie here, especially since he finds himself in an unwitting competition with Erlich. The fact the Piper boys can’t help themselves but overachieve also amuses and adds to this episode’s strengths.

The Empty Chair: “Richard lets his ego get in the way at an interview. Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared misplace some hardware. Erlich pitches his plans to Big Head (Josh Brener).”

The big twists in “Chair” seem a little cutesy/convenient. Still, “Chair” delivers a lot of comedy, so those moments overcome the weaknesses.

Bachmanity Insanity: “Richard’s new relationship is threatened by his neuroses. Big Head and Erlich’s launch party has snags. Dinesh falls for a foreign co-worker.”

“Insanity” involves women and romance, a rare theme for this sausage-oriented series. Richard’s lunacy seems a little contrived but it’s still amusing, and Erlich’s grandiose party helps turn this into another solid show.

To Build a Better Beta: “The beta version of Pied Piper receives an unexpected response. Monica worries about how to deliver criticism. Erlich faces financial woes.”

With “Beta”, S3 moves along at a nice clip. It’s not the funniest of episodes, but it throws out some decent humor and adds enough to the overall narrative to deliver the goods.

Bachman’s Earnings Over-ride: “Erlich struggles to come clean to Richard. Jared’s latest fashion makes a splash. Gavin faces a major life change.”

“Earnings” offers a look at how the mighty fall, and it develops well in that regard. It mixes story/character elements with laughs, mainly related to Jared’s awful company jacket.

Daily Active Users: “Richard looks to bridge the gap between Pied Piper and its users while Gavin works to reclaim his former glory.”

Season 3 heads toward its conclusion with Pied Piper on the rocks. One assumes they’ll rebound in some way by the next episode – every year shows the company about to collapse before they gain a triumphant resurgence – but we’ll see. In the meantime, “Users” sends us toward the finale well.

The Uptick: “Richard and the guys of Pied Piper consider their company’s future. Gavin’s comeback is threatened.”

Remember when I predicted a miraculous happy ending? No spoilers, but… well, to say I wasn’t wrong would be right. Even though the sunny finale lacks a surprise factor, it still gives the season a fitting conclusion and leaves us fairly interested to see where things go next year – even without the cliffhanger that we got in S2.


The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B-/ Bonus D

Silicon Valley appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. As usual, the series sported strong visuals.

Actually, S3 looked a little better than prior years, primarily due to a slight uptick in sharpness. While the first two seasons came with a smidgen of softness, I saw none of that here, so the shows were consistently concise. I detected no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and both source flaws and edge haloes remained absent.

In terms of colors, a mix of teal and orange dominated. These tones seemed fine, as the Blu-ray depicted them as intended. Blacks appeared deep and firm, while shadows showed nice delineation. Across the board, the shows looked very good.

In keeping with prior seasons, the series’ DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio remained low-key. Music showed nice stereo presence while effects emphasized ambience. If anything memorable came from the soundfield, I didn’t notice it, as this was a chatty show that didn’t use the side or surround channels for much action.

Audio quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects showed good clarity, even if they didn’t exactly push limits. Speech remained concise and natural, with no issues connected to edginess or intelligibility. As usual, this was enough for a “B-“.

Deleted Scenes come for three episodes. We find them for “Founder Friendly” (one scene, 2:26), “Maleant Data Systems Solutions” (1, 2:51), and “Bachmanity Insanity” (0:29).

“Founder” involves an Erlich and Richard chat about “cuckold porn” and its themes, while “Data” looks at Jared’s Airbnb complications. “Insanity” offers a glimpse of Jared’s garage abode. “Data” becomes the most interesting of the three, though none give us much substance.

Three years into its existence, Silicon Valley continues to offer a sly, amusing take on the world of technology. Season Three brings us another good year of shows. The Blu-rays present excellent visuals and acceptable audio but lack much in terms of supplements. Fans will like this solid season of episodes.

Viewer Film Ratings: 3 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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