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  • Riley
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    None of the creators (Mike Judge, John Altschuler, Dave Kinsky) will write any episodes this season, which premieres April 12th, again immediately following Game of Thrones.  Having previously written for her sister Ellie on The Office, Carrie Kemper joins as a writer-producer.  The show has no guest directors this season, as Judge and Alec Berg are directing five episodes each.

    Matt Ross is upgraded to series regular after missing only one episode last season.  Jimmy O. Yang is also upgraded after three appearances.  Suzanne Cryer becomes the second female regular as a new character.  Ben Feldman will reprise his guest role; new guest stars are Chris Diamantopoulos and Alice Wetterlund.

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    mikeboy898
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    YAAAS Ben Feldman returns!

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    AviChristiaans
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    My favorite breakout show of last year. Can’t wait for it to return.

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    moviefan61794
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    This left me largely underwhelmed last year. Middleditch had some good moments, the scripts had a few laughs, but overall I found almost every character unlikable and I was pretty unenthusiastic about the show. I’ll admit that the finale set up things really well and was easily the best episode. If they follow that path, they might have a good second season. I still plan on turning in, but if things aren’t picking up by the end of the season, I’m out.

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    Riley
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    This was not hilarious like the last couple of episodes of the first season, but it was a solid premiere that was over before I knew it.  They finally addressed the death of Christopher Evan Welch and it looks like the delay was worth it.  This was the best that the series has ever used Monica, so they may have even taken some of the criticism about the show only having one (poorly-written) female character to heart.

    This hit a series-high in ratings.  I currently have this down for just three nominations (directing and production design), which is crazy for a series nominee and would make it the least-nominated best comedy nominee since Family Guy, which is not a fair comparison since that it was ineligible in most categories.  Then again, Scrubs‘ only nomination in 2006 was comedy series, so such a scenario is not impossible.  Maybe T.J. Miller gets in, but I have a hard time seeing it after they could not emanage a SAG nomination or an Emmy casting nomination last year.

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    mikeboy898
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    I was a huge fan of the Season 2 premiere. Laughs galore. TJ Miller’s character is so ridiculously over the top, I love it. I lost it when he said he put his balls on the table.

    High hopes for this season and I feel like they addressed Christopher Evan Welch’s death beautifully (and hilariously) in the show, and set up a nice ongoing dilemma for the season’s main arc, with the Hooli lawsuit.

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    CanadianFan
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    This was my second-favorite episode the show has ever done (after the finale), and even better than my precious Veep. Loved the powerpoint funeral, and the extended hippo joke.

    They were dealt a very tricky hand with the death of Christopher Evan Welch, and they handled it masterfully. The Gavin lawsuit arc gives the show a ton of momentum, so I’m eager to see how they balance serialization with more conventional sitcom tropes. 

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    I liked it a lot more on second watch.  Sundays are suddenly stacked for me, with Mad Men, Wolf Hall, Veep, Nurse Jackie, GoT and Silicon Valley.  If I try to do it all in one night, inevitably, it becomes too hard to appreciate them all, and that might cloud my judgement. So, sometimes it takes a re-watch later in the week, to fully get it.  There was certainly a lot to love about the episode (I really liked the bar meltdown scene, too), but I’m not quite sure what to think of the new female character. She’s just as strange as Welch’s character was, but I guess that’s the point. Strange is good, of course, but she just doesn’t seem realistic, at all.

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    Denis
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    I thought the whole scene with the Interviews were spectacular, however, not nearly as good as the perfect premiere of “Veep”.

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    24Emmy
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    Bro, here’s an article about tonight’s episode — http://www.businessinsider.com/silicon-valley-built-bro-app-2015-4

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    HBO has already renewed the series for a third season. 

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    CanadianFan
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    I found last night’s episode quite middling, albeit still better than most network comedies. I feel like they had a starting point and an ending point, but struggled to fill the 26 minutes.

    The extended montage of meeting other companies was alright, but it wasn’t as effective as last week’s. I did appreciate the innovative ending scene. 

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    AMG
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    The first episode aired in the UK last night.

    I don’t know what to make of this show. I watch it kind of out of habit/feeling a slight need to because of the Emmys/critics reception. TJ Miller & Thomas Middleditch are both very good in the show, but whenever the focus moves away from them, the show doesn’t work well for me. 

    It’s a heavily male cast – I’m not a big ‘everything is sexist/racist/ageist/homophobic’ etc. person who starts bashing a programme or film for something like it – but all the male characters are kind of one and the same.

    There’s 4/5 main characters, but only 2, maybe 3, actual different types of people out of those. 

    We had a whole season based on getting Pied Piper funded. Then we get to the second season, and we’re still onto that. I understand it’s close to real life in terms of that, but you’re making a TV show. There is an allowance of artistic licence to move the story on at a bit of a faster rate than it currently is.

    About half way through the episode, I couldn’t help but think that HBO are recommissioning this for a third run already. But the majority of the characters feel flat. The story is going along at a bit of a – dare I say – boring pace? Yet, they have cancelled a show that is full of intriguing characters, and an attention grabbing story – Looking. 

    I am still waiting for the moment when it all clicks with me for this show, and I get the EUREKA moment of understanding why this is in contention for Comedy Series at the Emmys. Currently, I am at a bit of a loss.
     

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    Riley
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    “Bros disclose.”  Oh, Jared.

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    Second episode aired in the UK last night.

    MUCH better episode, and going in the direction where it can develop as a funny show! And not stall constantly along the way in the story just to preserve time for the guys to get to the top. TJ Miller & Thomas Middleditch were the stand-out actors again, but the other characters managed to get a bit of airtime to allow for the viewers to see the differences between them. Unlike the opening episode, where the other male characters were just kind of bagged up together, with little difference between them being seen.

    The show still needs to grow in terms of the female characters – they are there, they have lines, but they don’t really do anything apart from either faff around at their desk because they’re in over their heads at a new position, or just to deliver messages to the men. 

    Overall, a strong episode, which needs to carry on the momentum throughout the series now, and then I can finally see the reasons why this show is a strong contender for a nod as Best Comedy Series.
     

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