Halt and Catch Fire 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
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Joe needs capital to keep the lights on.

Starring:
Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
June 15, 2014

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Genres Drama
Director Karyn Kusama
Starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy
Supporting actors Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé, Toby Huss, Scott Michael Foster, Annette O'Toole, Bianca Malinowski, Alana Cavanaugh, Morgan Hinkleman, Randall P. Havens, Eric Goins, David Sherrill, Gregory Hunter, Jason Davis, Pete Burris, K.D. O'Hair, Peter den Boer, Sharon Blackwood, Travis Smith
Season year 2014
Network AMC
Executive Producer Melissa Bernstein
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16 of 16 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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7 of 7 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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6 of 6 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shamus Nickelbocker on June 13, 2014
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I like how this show focuses on the characters and corporate/legal drama, and has *enough* technical bits, but not so much that it becomes a chore to watch.

I wish I could get more of my friends into it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Rankin on June 12, 2014
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I recommend this show to anyone who wants to understand the true meaning of business, technology, cyberpunk and how this has changed the way we truly look at computers back then, and right now. If you are illiterate in technology, I would not recommend this for you. Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) is the old school way of over clocking and a wonderful explanation of how Compaq, Dell, Gateway and others came to be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flyer on June 9, 2014
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Once in while, a show gets the right combination of writers, actors and director. This is one of those shows.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Kohout Jr. on June 1, 2014
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VERY MINOR SPOILERS (SYNOPSIS):

Credit to Newsday for the synopsis (with some adds & editing):

"It's the early 1980s, and in Texas' "Silicon Prairie," a small company, Cardiff Electric, is about to make a big move -- a move it doesn't even know about yet. The company has hired former IBM exec Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) to boost sales, but Joe specifically went to Cardiff to enlist the help of company engineer Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), who previously failed in an attempt to build and market a PC, to reverse-engineer the newly released IBM PC -- then tells IBM what he has done. Joe must hire another engineer -- the un-conventional Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis)."

The cast, while not exactly household names, are accomplished character actors:

Joe MacMillian (Lee Pace) known for his TV role in "Pushing Daisies" and as Cullen supporter Garrett in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2"

Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) known for his role in "Argo" where he actually learned Farsi

Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) Canadian Actress best known for her role in the Daniel Radcliff movie "What If"

John Bosworth (Toby Huss) long list of credit, though my favorite was a "Seinfeld" episode where he played "Jack the Wiz"

Joe sets the pace by moving the pieces into place. With Gordon playing the role of tortured genius and Cameron chiming in with her wit & punky hotness (I see a Comic-Con panel in her future). I really like Toby Huss's role as the Sales Manager that hires Joe and then realizes that perhaps he should have checked a reference or two!

The writing is tight and the cast is on point. Most importantly, this show offers something different.

Metacritics with 27-reviews (20-positive) gives an aggregate score of 69.
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