Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge went and took a torch to the hellish landscape of 1990s cubicle gigs with his first live-action movie, Office Space, and his upcoming HBO series Silicon Valley takes similar aim at the heart of the tech start-up culture in Northern California.
Loosely based on Judge's own experiences as an engineer in the 80s, Silicon Valley follows a group of computer programmers played by The Pete Holmes Show regular Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener (The Internship), Martin Starr (Party Down) and Kumail Nanjiani (Burning Love) as they set out to build a start-up from scratch. A tech millionaire played by T.J. Miller (Search Party) allows the group to live in his house in exchange for a 10% stake in their business.
A previously released teaser trailer gave us the rough sketch of the overall plot, but now a full-length trailer spells things out a bit more. Watch the trailer up above.
The ensemble approach to Silicon Valley made it a little difficult to identify a main character in a thirty-second teaser, but this new trailer appears to place Middleditch's Richard front and center. As a programmer who evidently writes a compression algorithm which becomes a sought-after commodity, Richard disses Steve Jobs ("He didn't even write code.") and fields several six-to-seven-figure offers. And may or may not wind up suicidal if he makes the wrong deal.
It really was only a matter of time before Silicon Valley was given its own show. Amazon Studios tried it with the original comedy Betas, and the tech industry's insta-millionaire environment was used as a backdrop for the recent HBO original movie Clear History, which starred Jon Hamm and Larry David.
Silicon Valley's take on the subject deserves some special attention, even if Mike Judge hasn't had a real live-action success since 1999's Office Space. His two features since then, Idiocracy and Extract, have their fans (the former in particular has something of a small cult following), but couldn't live up to Judge's delightful skewering of corporate culture.
Given that many people seem to blame much of America's ever-widening income gap on the start-up tech entrepreneurs, computer programmers, app designers and "digital prophets" of Silicon Valley, Judge's foul-mouthed, satiric take on this landscape might provide a much-needed cathartic send-up of our whole digitally-dependent culture.
Silicon Valley premieres on April 6, 2014 on HBO.