Wikipedia’s right about that - he wasn’t always HAL. At one point, he was a she named Athena!
But Clarke has maintained that HAL stood for Heuristic-ALgorithmic, which describes the type of computer HAL was in technical terms. He says the IBM lettering thing was just a coincidence.
I wanted to watch this but have been very turned off by the reports that it’s much more of a family drama than a show of space exploration.
I long for a show about realistic space travel that focuses solely on the missions and the professionalism of the crew as they undertake those tasks. I...