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The Silicon Valley/Veep Power Hour: “Bad Money”/ “Data” Reviews

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Butthole doctors & virgin sacrifice.

This week on Silicon Valley, the guy’s contend with selling out in more ways than one.  Meanwhile on Veep, Selina and the staff have to deal with a recent data leak that may or may not lead to something disastrous.  Let’s dive on in with Silicon Valley first, shall we?

I found the last two episodes of Silicon Valley to be really good, if not incredible, and really was starting to question if the season was going to be a bit of a down note following the constant greatness that was last year.  Thankfully, “Bad Money” is here to ease those worries a bit — this is a hell of an episode of Silicon Valley, and easily the highlight of the season so far.  A lot of that has to do with guest star Chirs Diamantopoulos, who is so wonderful as douchebag to the max tech investor Russ Hanneman.  Hanneman is like your standard Sean Parker type turned up to eleven, a guy who got lucky enough to invest in something early on and make a killing off of it, but clearly lacks the technical prowess or even business skills necessary to truly grow his riches.

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But for now he still has his base riches, meaning that the Pied Piper crew could use him.  I’m glad that the plot thread of Huli buying out Pied Piper was disposed of quickly following last week’s cliffhanger, and find this new direction to be a far more fascinating one to go in.  Hanneman is a great new character on this show, and it should be exciting to see what he can bring to the table as the company’s main funder.  But in addition to Hanneman, “Bad Money” just worked because it finally gave the whole cast something to do, bouncing off of all the characters as they react to the prospects of Huli being bought out, and then under the control of Russ Hanneman.  And how great was the final moments, in which Big Head finally made his grand return after a three episode absence.  In hindsight it was a genius move on the show’s part to place the character where he is simply so this storyline could work, and I’m beyond excited to see how Big Head will respond to being the Eduardo Saverin to Richard’s Mark Zuckerberg.  Should be pretty damn great.

Meanwhile in the land of Veep, “Data” was probably the worst episode of the season so far…until the last ten or so minutes came on, and totally redeemed the entire enterprise.  I liked the actual “Data” aspect of the episode sure, but felt the thread  bit too ignored, just like the Israel stuff from last week’s “East Wing.”  But just like in that episode, the good’s didn’t truly come until the second half, in which the staff discovers that an accidental case of mail invasion might have occurred in Selina’s campaign…which is a major federal offense, as they hilariously discover.

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And since this is the crazy world of Washington we are dealing with, the only answer to the problem is firing one of the upper brass to distract the press — and following a fake out in which it seems Ben is almost on his way out, Selina chooses at the last minute to fire Dan, a pretty big decision for the show to make.  But it was a great call to make Ben the one initially step up to be fired, since it made Dan’s departure a positive: Ben is awesome, and losing him would be a damn shame.  Dan has proven to be a far funnier character than he was initially but, between the two, I would chose ol’ Giant Cup of Coffee anyday.  And besides, if Jonah’s arc last season was any indication, a firing does not mean that Reid Scott has left the series — I’m sure there’s more to be seen from that delightful bastard eventually.  At least his “departure’ episode proved to be a strong one!  Overall, a pretty awesome week for Veep and Silicon Valley both.

Loose Ends:

 Silicon Valley:

  • “I will listen…to the sound of you chortling on my balls!”
  • “They’d give you a full buyout.”  “…How big?”  Ulrich doesn’t quit hold on to his values if big money is involved, now does he?
  • “That guy who married Julia Roberts in Sleeping in the Enemy.”
  • “Everyday here has been like that shopping scene.  I’m putting on hats!”  Zack Woods is so glorious in this role, and that line delivery was aces.
  • “I think it’s important that I show my dissatisfaction by walking out.”
  • “I never saw it.”
  • “Guy sounded like he was either Chinese or retarded.”
  • “You know who else vilified a tiny minority of financiers and progressive thinkers CALLED THE JEWS?”  Saw it coming, still wonderful.  I will never tire of very inappropriate Holocaust jokes.
  • “And we didn’t even do anything wrong!”  Even better.
  • “Now a couple decades later I’m worth $1.4 billion…YOU DO THE MATH.”  Loved how Richard actually proceeded to do the math.  It’s jokes like that that make Silicon Valley such a joy to watch.
  • “I got three nannies suing me right now, one of them for no reason!”
  • “Yeah, you fucked up too.”
  • “What, did you get a parking ticket or something?”
  • “Yeah I still can’t see it.  Can you use your mouth.”
  • Them doing Hanneman’s smile was some nice physical humor.
  • “Yeah, I don’t want any part of that last bit.”
  • “The guy has calf implants, Richard!”  “How do they look?”
  • “I did not understand anything of what you just said.”  I don’t care what anyone says, I like this character A TON.
  • “Fine, I could do it with 12.”  Easy negotiations!
  • “If I didn’t waste so much money at the butthole doctor, we’d have more money.  But I pay all my medical expenses personally!”
  • “This guy fucks, am I right!”  So hilarious.
  • “Thank you!”
  • “I’m defusing the tension with humor.”  “What tension, is there tension?”
  • “I want to know what kind of fucked up childhood this guy had.”
  • Elrich being ignored by Hanneman is so, so great.
  • “And that Bezo motherfucker is the king!”
  • “No no no that’s not how it works!”
  • “That guy’s crazy, I love that guy!”
  • “Yuu know russ, I’ve been known to fuck myself.”

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Veep:

  • “I prefer when the internet was just Alta Vista and that Star Wars kid!”
  • “Oh thank you question man, you just saved the entire city!”
  • “This is catching fire like a gas station in a Michael Bay movie.”
  • “Oh my god I look like grandpa.”
  • “Where did HIV come from?”  “I think some guy fucked a monkey.”
  • “Okay Dan, go sacrifice a virgin.”
  • “Just another Saturday Night.” “That’s not funny, Amy.”
  • “This goat’s not going to scape itself.”
  • “Welcome to my childhood…and adulthood, actually.”
  • “Sting might as well be singing ‘I’ll access your personal data’ in a fake Jamaican acent!”
  • “Screwed over by the Police…I’m Rodney Fucking King!”
  • “Hastag ‘Every Little Thing She Doe is Tragic’.”
  • “No fuck it, cheese.”
  • “She wants to work with an anti-bully charade.”  “What is she, NUTS!”
  • “Cheese is on its way, here’s an interim banana.”  Interim banana is the best band name ever.
  • “What if I cry, like the women do in the movies?”
  • “Whatever happened to ebola, I loved ebola!”
  • “We need to cut a throat of a bigger goat.”
  • “These guys balls are so weird they are practically tits.”  Still not sure what’s going in this weird relationship.
  • “Are you bullying me into dropping an anti-bullying league?”  GREAT scene
  • “Well…that’s a federal crime.”
  • “Yeah, YOU could go to jail.”
  • “Hitler came into a bunker he wasn’t a chancellor anymore, was he?  PLUS HE WAS DEAD.”  To Nazi Germany jokes in HBO comedies tonight.  Cool beans!
  • “I swear on King Danny.”  Of course Dan calls his penis “King Danny.”  Of course.
  • “It’s Ben.” “No way!” Looks to rabbit.
  • “You’re right Dan, it’s a dream, and me and Kent are about to turn into cheerleaders and make out.”
  • Ben fucking ANNIHILATING Dan might have been the standout of the episode.
  • “I cannot endorse that message but I do acknowledge it.”
  • “How about Captain Loser, or Big Chief Skin-Mark?”
Butthole doctors & virgin sacrifice. This week on Silicon Valley, the guy's contend with selling out in more ways than one.  Meanwhile on Veep, Selina and the staff have to deal with a recent data leak that may or may not lead to something disastrous.  Let's dive on in with Silicon Valley first, shall we? I found the last two episodes of Silicon Valley to be really good, if not incredible, and really was starting to question if the season was going to be a bit of a down note following the constant greatness that was last year.  Thankfully, "Bad Money" is here to ease those worries a bit -- this is a hell of an episode of Silicon Valley, and easily the highlight of the season so far.  A lot of that has to do with guest star Chirs Diamantopoulos, who is so wonderful as douchebag to the max tech investor Russ Hanneman.  Hanneman is like your standard Sean Parker type turned up to eleven, a guy who got lucky enough to invest in something early on and make a killing off of it, but clearly lacks the technical prowess or even business skills necessary to truly grow his riches. But for now he still has his base riches, meaning that the Pied Piper crew could use him.  I'm glad that the plot thread of Huli buying out Pied Piper was disposed of quickly following last week's cliffhanger, and find this new direction to be a far more fascinating one to go in.  Hanneman is a great new character on this show, and it should be exciting to see what he can bring to the table as the company's main funder.  But in addition to Hanneman, "Bad Money" just worked because it finally gave the whole cast something to do, bouncing off of all the characters as they react to the prospects of Huli being bought out, and then under the control of Russ Hanneman.  And how great was the final moments, in which Big Head finally made his grand return after a three episode absence.  In hindsight it was a genius move on the show's part to place the character where he is simply so this storyline could work, and I'm beyond excited to see how Big Head will respond to being the Eduardo Saverin to Richard's Mark Zuckerberg.  Should be pretty damn great. Meanwhile in the land of Veep, "Data" was probably the worst episode of the season so far...until the last ten or so minutes came on, and totally redeemed the entire enterprise.  I liked the actual "Data" aspect of the episode sure, but felt the thread  bit too ignored, just like the Israel stuff from last week's "East Wing."  But just like in that episode, the good's didn't truly come until the second half, in which the staff discovers that an accidental case of mail invasion might have occurred in Selina's campaign...which is a major federal offense, as they hilariously discover. And since this is…

Veep/Silicon Valley Power Hour

Silicon Valley: - 9
Veep: - 8.8

8.9

Fantastic

Silicon Valley rebounded with the fantastic "Bad Money," and Veep continued a streak of greatness with "Data." What more do you want?

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