Part of the reason that HBO's Silicon Valley which just had its fourth season finale on Sunday has such a short, rapid-fire opening title sequence is that creator Mike Judge didn't really want to have a title sequence at all. But, as the YouTube show Shots Fired explains, HBO has a reputation to uphold for acclaimed title sequences, so they hooked him up with LA-based design firm yU+Co to conceive the quick, 10-second animation that charts the ever-changing landscape of the Valley's most notable companies, some large and some not so large.
With each new season, they've revised the sequence to depict the way companies have merged or made headlines for instance, the overshadowing of Yahoo's sign with Alibaba's, and the growth of the Alphabet sign over Google's headquarters.
There are also, as Shots Fired shows by pausing and scanning across the complicated moving image, MANY little hidden jokes that we've all likely missed unless we took the time to obsessively pause and examine the thing. For instance: A couple of Soylent trucks with a bunch of porta-potties next to them, and several FBI vehicles pulling up outside of Theranos, referring to recent PR and legal disasters at both companies. And did you catch the little Snapchat ghost hovering over/haunting Facebook?
With the debut of last season's sequence, in 2016, as Wired noted at the time, there's a mostly hidden, obscure reference to an incident in which housing/gentrification protesters vomited on a purple Yahoo commuter shuttle bus.
For comparison, check out the Season 1 sequence below. Remember Myspace?
[h/t: Laughing Squid]