It’s been well-chronicled just how accurately “Silicon Valley” portrays Silicon Valley, but now we’ve seen a whole new level of self-parody, courtesy of Firefox founder Blake Ross. A long-term resident of Northern California’s tech empire, Ross took it upon himself to pump out a spec script for Mike Judge’s award-winning HBO comedy… and it’s actually pretty funny.
The screenwriting newcomer picks up right where Season 2 left off — with Pied Piper founder Richard (Thomas Middleditch) winning his court case for control of the program’s intellectual property, but then getting fired by the company’s new controlling investor, Laurie Bream (Suzanne Cryer) — and pumps out 31 pages of pretty well-constructed, tonally fitting and often sharply funny comedic insight. (Gilfoyle and Dinesh in particular have a spot-on rat-a-tat rhythm of sexually-infused insults.) It should come as no surprise Ross has the experience needed to replicate how “Silicon Valley” satirizes its subjects via ruthless mimicry, but he’s also clearly a huge fan of the show, considering how well he taps into each character’s unique mentality.
No one’s arguing Judge and his excellent team of writers should just step back and let this stand as Episode 1 — though including the bit about female CEOs might improve the show’s rep with women — but I’m sure the room got a good laugh (or six) out of what’s clearly an homage to the brilliant work they’re already doing.
Read the full script here. “Silicon Valley” returns in 2016.