When writers outline their script it’s important to try and understand how the audience feels, essentially about everything.
Dialogue can tell us a lot about character, but I want to focus on the structure of story itself.
Seasons 1 and 2 of “Silicon Valley” were hilarious and probably the funniest we’ll ever see the show. Season 3 lagged as fans and critics felt we were stuck in a cycle of failure and success.
It was exhausting seeing our heroes work hard to succeed then fail, then to see that happen over and over and over again.
Show-runners Berg and Judge brought on some dramatic writers in hopes to execute their progression, or lack thereof, more seamlessly.
Season 4 was alright. It felt like we were still in the cycle, but more attention was placed on the characters, their relationships, and how the ordeal of Pied Piper impacted them.
Season 5 was a complete rebound and return to form for the show. Was it as funny as the first two seasons? Absolutely not, but it was the first time the show fell into a comfortable structure.
A moderate-sized office space, some companies weaving in and out of the Pied Piper realm, and a very comedic Gavin Belson subplot that came full circle.
The greatest weakness of “Silicon Valley” has always been that exhausting repition of success and failure.
As an audience we’ve been through all these trials and tribulations with the characters. We see and feel the setbacks so much that we are annoyed or aggravated about it.
But with all that resentment, it made the finale of Season 5 that much more sweet.
To see these charcters triumph and move on to a massive office space was deeply satisfying, and it may have not felt as satisfying if we got here by Season 3.
I bring this up because I’m intrigued how they turned their greatest weakness into such a triumphant strength. Berg mentioned that Season 6 could be the end, but it depends on if the writing calls for more.
Season 5’s finale could’ve also easily served as a satisfying conclusion to the series.