HBO’s tech industry comedy Silicon Valley is set to begin season 5 next month, and a brand new trailer offers a better idea of what viewers can look forward to. There will be plenty of changes in the new season, not the least of which is the absence of T.J. Miller’s Erlich Bachman, who it was announced had left the series just after the season 4 finale, long before any accusations of sexual assault were levied against him. But aside from missing a key part of the show’s cast, the sitcom is set to push the series forward with the Pied Piper team instituting its new internet, much to the chagrin of Gavin Belson and Hooli.
As has been the show’s approach for the past four seasons, the best laid plans and most enticing technological inventions — set to make the world a better place — never work out like they’re supposed to, and that much at least looks to be business as usual. This time around, Richard, Dinesh, Gilfoyle, and Jared are once again on the verge of scaling up their business, which means moving out of the incubator and into an actual office, albeit one overseen by Laurie and Monica.
The new trailer expands on the one released in early January, showing more of what the Pied Piper crew are actually trying to accomplish, and definitely establishing that it won’t be smooth sailing as the new internet is brought into existence. While the first trailer played up on Richard’s tendency to get tongue tied and suffer the whims of his nervous stomach, this new preview goes further with regard to the specific challenges that await him and his team. And, as two key members of that team are so eager to point out, Dinesh and Gilfoyle actually constitute a healthy portion of the company’s major obstacles.
Dinesh and Gilfoyle may seemingly exist just to make things harder for Richard, but one of the biggest challenges this season will again be Gavin Belson. As is pointed out to the self-aggrandizing tech wiz, everything Hooli does is going to be made irrelevant if Pied Piper can accomplish what they’ve set out to do. As has been seen in season’s past, Gavin doesn’t respond well to an upstart threatening to knock him from his perch atop the tech industry.
Although Silicon Valley has been dinged for its repetitive season arcs, the series has remained consistently funny throughout its first four seasons. The show is a reliable winner in HBO’s half-hour comedy lineup, and that dependability is even more important now that the final season of Veep has been pushed back. That makes the Mike Judge-produced comedy the premium channel’s elder statesman in 2018, and from the look of things it’s a position the show is ready to handle.