Halt and Catch Fire on AMC

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Oh the things we now take for granted with PCs and hard-to-find toys for your kids... some of which highlighted in last night's episode.
     
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    I've been stockpiling episodes of this show. Last night I attempted to watch these backlogged episodes, but found I couldn't get into them all all. (Such as the vacuum cleaner one).

    I'll be dropping this show from my viewing schedule.


    In my past experiences, if I am stockpiling too many unwatched episodes of a particular show, then it is probably time to drop the show and move on to something else.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    I sort of like this show for the nostalgia is stirs in old farts like me about the early days of portable personal computing. But there is a bunch of chaff before you get to the wheat...
     
  4. Greg Kettell

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    I'm a couple episodes behind now, not a good sign.My wife won't watch it anymore (She calls it "Halt and Catch a Nap") so if I catch up it'll probably have to be when we're both not watching something.
     
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    I like that it's a slow show but that makes me chuckle. :)
     
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    Didn't see the guy on guy kiss coming, especially one that involves the main character, let alone that whole scene involving those two!!

    I like it so far. Taking it like a grain of salt, it is entertaining. Not the best show out there (yet) but it is none the less entertaining.
     
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    I'm enjoying it, and it's getting more interesting as it proceeds. But I'm an episode or two behind, so haven't read the thread lately.
     
  8. Greg Kettell

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    I'm still behind, but did just watch the episode where Gordon nearly sabotages the deal with the Japanese company by badmouthing his father in law. I'm sorry, drunk or not that character is too big an idiot to be sympathetic to. Nobody's that stupid.

    Contrived tension that defies credibility seems to be the theme of this show.
     
  9. Patrick Sun

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    It's weird how this show is giving off the same vibes as "Silicon Valley" did a few months ago with the current plotline of getting to Comdex.
     
  10. Steve Armbrust

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    I don't think it's that weird. I think they're basically the same show, set in different time periods. What goes around, comes around.
     
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    It's weird that we have 2 shows airing within months of one another dealing with similar themes of pushing the computing boundaries for their respective eras.

    But it's like when Hollywood pushes out similar pairings in the same year, almost as a race to see who can get their films out first, like 'Deep Impact" and "Armageddon", or "Volcano" and "Dante's Peak". :D
     
  13. Steve Armbrust

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    I believe in this episode there is a short disparaging mention of Windows 1.0 by an attendee. I remember Windows 1.0. It was lame.
     
  14. Greg Kettell

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    Indeed it was, the Mac blew it away. Which is why I'm glad they showed the Mac at the end, because now I'm curious as to how it will impact Cardiff (if this show manages to get renewed.)
     
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    Interesting devlopment at the end, especially's Cameron's character arc.
     
  16. Greg Kettell

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    Cameron's arc is great.

    But overall I think Joe setting the truck on fire was the shark-jump moment for me.

    Assuming it even gets renewed.
     
  17. Steve Armbrust

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    As much as I like this show, I can't imagine anyone who didn't work in the computer industry during this era being interested in watching.
     
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    Ok, caught up and watched the finale. I enjoyed it and look forward to season 2. It is crazy, with extreme personalities in unrealistic (and I presume ahistoric) scenarios. But it's engaging drama and the characters are sympathetic. Even Joe, who is dangerously narcissistic, and became ever more maddening at the end, is compelling. I want to see him further revealed and i want to see him get his comeuppance.As for who'd watch it: I figured I'd watch this on my own, on business travel. But surprisingly, my wife was intrigued by the pilot and we've watched it together. Fundamentally, this isn't a computer show, it's modern drama, with 80s computers as the hook, vice present day meth lab or a law firm or whatever.
     
  19. Steve Armbrust

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    Well, it got renewed for a second season, and I look forward to watching it.
     
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    Great news. I honestly expected a cancellation, so I'm happy to hear otherwise.
     

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