Halt and Catch Fire 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
(178) IMDb 8.2/10
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Joe faces off against IBM.

Starring:
Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
June 8, 2014

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Great characters and actors.
LJones
Some might question the authenticity of the show but business, technology, and personal relationships were very rough around the edges in the early eighties.
MARK
The real drama is in the characters and how they interact.
Skipjacks

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Skipjacks on June 2, 2014
Be clear about what you are getting here. This is not a documdrama about actual events. It's a completely fabricated story with fictional characters based on things that happened in the 80's.

So you have to enjoy this as a fictional story, not as a dramatized version of reality.

That being said the opening episode was really captivating. I mean it's a challenge to get viewers glued to their seats watching 2 nerds hack a bios chip using LED's on a bread board to spell out individual characters in hexidecmial code, but somehow AMC pulled it off!

I was so captivated that I kept getting angry when it went to commercial.

The lead character (Joe MacMillian, played by Lee Pace) is a complete ass. Sort of like a Don Draper type, and it's a safe bet that AMC is looking to capture that essense with this character since it worked so well in Mad Men. You want to hate him, but you can't help but to be impressed by him.

The chief software engineer (Gordon Clark, played be Scoot McNairy) is an everyman's anti-hero. He is a simple family man who most of us can relate to. He has a ton of potential in terms of his computer engineering abilities. But in order to use his talent he has to do something semi illegal by reverse engineering how IBM bios software was written on their proprietary chip. He doesn't intend to just copy IBM's work. He just intends to look at it to see how it's made, similar to a chair maker lookign at another chair to see how it's put together. So you find yourself rooting for him.

The female lead (Cameron Howe, played by Mackenzie Davis) is not a well explored character in the pilot so it's hard to see where they are going with her.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Comerford on June 13, 2014
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So Halt and Catch Fire debuted the same Sunday HBOs Silicon Valley ended their 8 episode season.
Silicon Valley is a genuinely great comedy about the present day.
Halt & Catch Fire is a very serious but also very good show about the early 80s beginnings of personal computers.
Only two episodes have aired so far.
But I love the stylish cinematography, the electronic score by Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger,
and Mackenzie Davis makes a good cyberpunk.
The lead Lee Pace is not a good guy, more of an amoral anti-hero.
The engineer is more of a stereotypical computer nerd, and I'm a Kerry Bishe fan who plays his wife and also works for Texas Instruments, not a housewife.
It's an unpredictable show, no way to know for sure what will happen next.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John A Gurule on June 2, 2014
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Good characters with stellar acting. Appeals to the nerd in all of us and is spot on. Love the interactions between the characters and is flawless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Lidster TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 12, 2014
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This brilliant 10-episode series takes the viewer into terra incognita in terms of television storytelling. With movies like 'The Social Network' (*****/*****) and 'Jobs' (**/*****) exposing a widespread public interest in the history of computing, 'Halt and Catch Fire' gives us a fictional behind the scenes look at the dawn of the PC revolution. Set in 1983, we follow the struggle of a small Texan electronics company to build a better PC, a featherweight journeyman talked into a fight with the uncontested heavyweight champion of computing, IBM. Lee Pace gives an incredible performance as Joe MacMillan, the slick former IBM exec who manipulates the employees and management of Cardiff Electric, pushing them into the development of a PC that will outperform IBM's machines. The fact that he's playing with the jobs and livelihood of hundreds of people doesn't seem to bother MacMillan; but his core personality is buried under so many layers and masks and lies, even he seems confused about who he really is and what he truly feels. Scoot McNairy, who was excellent in 'Killing Them Softly', once again delivers as Gordon Clark, a family man working as a engineer at Cardiff. Though he and his wife have settled into safe, dull jobs, the two were once idealistic geniuses who developed a better PC; unable to sell it, their project was ultimately a failure, and the couple abandoned their dreams to support their child. MacMillan seeks out Clark as his partner, and eventually manages to rekindle the idealistic spark. He then recruits a prodigious code programmer and punk-rock college student who is far ahead of everyone else, played perfectly by Mackenzie Davis.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Perryman on July 25, 2014
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This show is fantastic. The whole production team behind this show is amazing. The cast is phenomenal and Lee Pace delivers a great performance as always. The writing is sheer genius and the costuming is on point. I normally do not boost this much about a show but this is my one exception. The storyline keeps you on your toes without throwing too many curveballs and new information at you. With each episode you feel the intensity rise. The nonverbal queues and facial expressions are raw and real within the moment which keeps you sucked in. The "coding", technology, and computer terms that they use in the show kept me interested as well, and was not an issue in following the storyline. I really hope AMC picks this up for Season 2 because it has too much potential. Can't wait to buy the season on DVD!!
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