HBO's "Silicon Valley" kicks off 5th season

Pied Piper's founders. Photo: John P. Johnson/HBO

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” kicked off its fifth season last night and already, a clear theme emerges: survival. It also has to contend for the first time without Erlich Bachman, an early investor in protagonist startup Pied Piper, but whose actor, T.J. Miller, quit the show.

Our take: Similarly to previous seasons, the show promises to fuse storylines that can be universally entertaining, along with details and references that denizens of the real Valley will appreciate.