The roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company, embodying the highs and lows of Silicon Valley.The roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company, embodying the highs and lows of Silicon Valley.The roller-coaster ride of the upstart transportation company, embodying the highs and lows of Silicon Valley.
Couple of comments: this mini-series is the latest brainchild of Brian Koppelman and David Levien ("Billions"). Here they take a look at the rise of Uber and what role Travis Kalanick played in it. Having seen 2 episodes to date, I was pleasantly surprised and frankly entertained as a viewer. As it turns out, I knew very little about how Uber came about, and the obstacles it had to overcome along the way. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is cast perfectly as Travis Kalanick, who not surprisingly isn't the most pleasant person to be around. Kyle Chandler is equally up to the task as the venture capitalist Bill Gurley. Travis' mother is played by none other than Elizabeth Shue. Umma Thurman (playing Arianna Huffington) was not in the initial 2 episodes. The production set is tops. For some reason, the initial 2 episodes feature a bunch of Pearl Jam songs, for no apparent or obvious reason. Please note that "Super Pumped" has already been greenlighted for a second season, which will have nothing to do with Uber. But instead will look at Facebook. Can't wait for that.
Episode 1 of "Super Pumped: The Fight for Uber" premiered on February 27 on Showtime. New episodes air Sunday evenings. Once aired, episodes are available on SHO On Demand and SHO Anytime (where I caught it). If you have any interest in understanding the rise of Uber or what it takes to run a company like Uber, I'd readily suggest you check this out and draw your own conclusion.
UPDATE 4/11/22 I've now seen all episodes. I've upgraded my rating to 8 stars. Chilling yet absorbing mini-series that is must=watch, period.
- Mar 12, 2022