Silicon Valley: RussFest
December 4, 2019 3:08 AM - Season 6, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Richard, Dinesh, Gilfoyle and Jared face their greatest challenge yet as a massive event tests PiperNet’s capabilities, while Laurie’s unexpected presence makes them wary of sabotage. Meanwhile, Monica discovers Jian-Yang is using Pied Piper’s name for his own benefit.
posted by adrianhon (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Eh, this felt rushed with a few twists too many. It's nice to see our team succeed and I get the symbolism of PiperNet becoming a production of Richard, Dinesh, and Gilfoyle's code, but there was way too much exposition required to "explain" how that worked.
posted by adrianhon at 3:54 AM on December 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

Random thoughts:

This hasn't been the first episode where I've been surprised that the music (or some other bit of IP) has cleared when the use has been tied to a disparaging comment about the music's creators. Either someone didn't read script pages or Puddle of Mudd just dgaf when the money was offered.

Have they been waiting to make an Us Fest joke the entirety of the series? Or was this just a happy coincidence? Does anybody besides me actually remember Woz's Us Fest?

I'm also surprised at myself for being happy that Russ is good at something (if we are to trust Gilfoyle's opinion about liquor).

Big Head is also good at something, and that makes me even happier than the Russ thing.
posted by queensissy at 10:44 AM on December 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

The confrontation between Jian-Yang and Monica, where he was accusing her of all sorts of vile things made my skin crawl. Yuck.

The magical, sentient AI is becoming such a convenient Deus ex machina these days that it's really annoying me, and I have to grimace every time it pops up (don't get me started on the mystery series I've been reading where this type of intelligence has been suddenly imported into the "real world" nature of books).

I liked them bringing back the discussion back to the original compression algorithm, that was nice to hear again. I'm still curious if they are going to bring chess guy into the conclusion, I mean there has to be a reason why he was introduced as a character and shown to be able to easily defeat Gilfoyle.
posted by sardonyx at 4:03 PM on December 4, 2019 [1 favorite]

I was honestly hoping that the compression algorithm really didn't scale and all of their work had been for naught, which would have seemed like a pretty on-brand way to end the series (and realistic for real-world Silicon Valley).
posted by whir at 8:01 PM on December 4, 2019 [6 favorites]

Given that the whole show has been about them falling upwards in ever more stupid and elaborate ways I'm not expecting them to suddenly turn into a sober drama.
posted by bleep at 9:03 PM on December 4, 2019

I'm still curious if they are going to bring chess guy into the conclusion, I mean there has to be a reason why he was introduced as a character

That guy is a Hooli data center engineer from back in like season 1 or 2 and popped up a few times since then, might just be an amusing 'hey it's that guy' moment.
posted by FatherDagon at 11:30 AM on December 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

The actor who plays the datacenter guy also has an awkwardly awesome cooking show series called "Henry's Kitchen"
posted by geezlouise at 10:28 PM on December 8, 2019 [1 favorite]

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