Silicon Valley: The Keenan Vortex
June 12, 2017 5:07 AM - Season 4, Episode 8 - Subscribe

Richard ponders a deal with the tech world's latest "it" boy; Jack faces setbacks.
posted by noneuclidean (11 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The scene where Jack and Security Guy are watching that Gavin presentation and calling his mundane delivery genius may be the most purely sarcastic thing I've ever seen on TV.
posted by rhizome at 10:02 AM on June 12, 2017 [10 favorites]

That's a pretty solid episode. As with recent episodes there was too much jammed into an hour for my tastes, but it had some nice turns and there's something to look forward to and wonder about for the next one.

When I heard that T.J. Miller was leaving the show I wondered how they'd send such an integral character away plausibly but this seems to be a pretty solid start! I'm kind of torn on him leaving. I really like Miller and the character, but it's such a good ensemble that it'll be fine without him. It could also (I'd hope) create a character vacuum that can be filled by women at the coder level who are more than just an episode of comic relief or pushing a story line and then off they go into FBI custody or whatever.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 10:23 AM on June 12, 2017

Did they actually say how Keenan screwed Erlich over? Had he not signed the contract, or was there some othre machination I didn't catch?
posted by Etrigan at 10:40 AM on June 12, 2017

Yeah - When Erlich is running through the play-by-play "10 minutes later, we were in a handshake deal at Raviga"
posted by IanMorr at 10:42 AM on June 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

Keenan signed the buyout deal before the Pied Piper paperwork got to him.
posted by rhizome at 11:26 AM on June 12, 2017 [1 favorite]

I'm going to go ahead and assume Keenan Feldspar is a close relation to Craig Feldspar.
posted by Gary at 4:35 PM on June 12, 2017 [3 favorites]

This episode seemed targeted at people who complain about the show resetting everything all the time, because it felt like there were about three resets within the one episode.

I liked the callback to everyone waiting for Richard and he comes in behind them.

If the Keenan Vortex ends up swallowing Action Jack's tenure at Hooli, does this mean we'll get Big Head as the new CEO?
posted by jimw at 6:47 PM on June 12, 2017 [3 favorites]

My husband didn't immediately recognize the Jared implementation & deployment of the Bad News Sweater.

I loved that the sole selling point of the VR demo was that you were allowed to look at the barmaid for as long as you wanted. TOO REAL, SV WRITERS
posted by potrzebie at 12:50 AM on June 13, 2017 [7 favorites]

So does Dinesh's hacker girlfriend make a (virtual) appearance at Hoolicon to help the team with their "forced adoption?" Or did that plot line actually accomplish nothing? (I think I know the answer here.)
posted by uncleozzy at 5:27 AM on June 13, 2017

I can't believe it took me like three episodes to realize Keenan is the "I see dead people" kid.
posted by bondcliff at 6:56 AM on June 14, 2017 [3 favorites]

He was also little Forrest Gump and he does look a bit like very beardy running across the country Forrest Gump now.
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 9:43 PM on June 14, 2017 [1 favorite]

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