On the one hand, yeah it's a pretty good skewering of the valley, but I am finding the lack of diversity on the show a bit appalling, particularly on gender lines. The most recent episode may be the last straw for me, as the first time we see a female coder, she's tricking guys into doing her coding for her with sex appeal. So yeah.
Also depressing is that there seem to be only two non-white regulars. One is an Indian who is about as whitebread as you can get without being caucasian, and the other is side-character whose sole purpose is "can't understand English jokes". So yeah.
Otherwise, it does a pretty good skewering of the startup culture, particularly with the semi-autistic VC character. Googling just now turns up that the actor died. So yeah.
Other characters are all one notes.
Sad, because they've clearly done their job on the tech, what with talk of compression algorithms, and people using actual burndown charts.
I think I'll stop bothering with that.
Betas is more low rent, and a bit too much on the low-brow and raunch comedy style for me, but clearly shot in SoMa, it gets the scene right, and has the advantage of an Indian coder who actually acts not unlike Indian coders I've known, and an Asian woman who actually acts much like an Asian woman from San Francisco.
It does have the advantage of the satire in that they are developing app that is so clearly massively privacy invading and offensive. I wonder where they will take that.
I don't know if I'll continue with it if I'm not comparing and contrasting though.
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