Cast: Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Martin Starr
Release Date: April 11, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
From Mike Judge and Alec Berg comes a new season of the Emmy®-nominated comedy that takes viewers inside Silicon Valley’s high-tech gold rush: a land of big ideas and bigger egos. After last season’s shocking ending, which found Pied Piper celebrating legal victory just as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) 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 – Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) – facing the question of just how far their loyalty extends. With a new no-nonsense CEO hell-bent on transforming everything from Pied Piper’s offices to its business agenda, the guys must find a way to triumph in the war of Art vs. Commerce, maneuvering the many competing interests along the way.
The third season of HBO’s original comedy series ‘Silicon Valley’ picks up following the team’s huge win and the shocking news that Richard (Middleditch) had also been voted out as CEO. With the other board members controlling Pied Piper intent on bringing in an outside heavy hitter to run things, Richard begins seeking outside options, unwilling to accept a demotion at his own company. After finally being urged to meet the man taking over, Richard starts to admit it may be the right move after all and accepts the downgraded position. Naturally, nothing is ever as good as it seems and as the new CEO starts making his own calls without consulting the team and other unavoidable issues begin to pile up once again, the Pied Piper crew quickly find themselves overwhelmed with a plethora of new and hilarious issues to tackle if they hope to maintain their name in the ever-changing tech game.
The third season of ‘Silicon Valley’ returns viewers to the world of the hilariously unlucky team behind Pied Piper, following the unfortunate team through another couple of big victories and plenty of additional hurdles to overcome; always keeping true to the series’ tone and therefore never failing to make each defeat and obstacle as hilarious and offensive as possible. Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller and the rest of the key players are all back at the top of their game, seeming to once again have no trouble fully delving into their roles and allowing this goofy, offensive and ridiculously enjoyable series to continue working as well as it does. The third season also feels as if everyone evolved has truly settled into a pattern and a formula for tackling the series which continues to work beautifully and nary results in a dull moment throughout the course of the latest ten episodes. Anyone who enjoys the Mike Judge created show but hasn’t yet the pleasure of the third season will definitely want to make sure to catch up as soon as you’re able, and the fellow fans that have been collecting the previous season releases will undoubtedly want to make certain to pick up a copy of ‘Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season’ on Blu-ray as well if they haven’t already done so. While the third season may be somewhat lacking in the bonus content, it still provides all ten episodes sporting nearly flawless high definition video and audio presentations that are sure to please even the pickiest of individuals and is likely to be a definite must own for many fans.
Overall, fellow fans of HBO’s hilarious series from creator Mike Judge will definitely want to consider picking up a copy of ‘Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season’ on Blu-ray to add to your collection if you haven’t already done so, especially the fans such as myself who have been collecting the previous season releases. The Blu-ray release of the latest season once again provides outstanding high definition video and audio presentations on every episode, along with Deleted Scene(s) from a few. Those who enjoy the series but haven’t yet had the opportunity to catch the third season will definitely want to make a point of at least seeking a possible rental option in order to catch up as soon as possible now that the fourth season has already begun its run on HBO.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the third season’s episodes. The video presentations look outstanding and provide sharp, detailed and gorgeous presentations on every episode of the season, with no faults of any kind noticeable throughout. They hold up wonderfully even during the heavily populated and/or fast moving sequences, never allowing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible at any point. Overall, these are fantastic high definition video presentations that should have trouble thrilling the series’ fellow fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 10 Season Three episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks deliver clean, crisp and often fairly active audio presentations on each and every included episode. They regularly take advantage of all five available channels in order to send the music, along with crowd chatter and other fitting auditory elements throughout the various speakers, and never resulting in any dialogue that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are wonderful 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that compliment the series splendidly and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season’ doesn’t offer a great deal in the way of extras, the only supplemental material consisting of ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from 3 of the season’s episodes (running approximately 6 minutes in length altogether).