WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
Halt and Catch Fire Season 2
The ONLY reason why to watch this season of Halt and Catch Fire
Ever since its debut last year, Halt and Catch Fire was one of my favorite shows to come out of AMC, who created shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and The Walking Dead. All these shows had the same thing in common with HCF, which was they were all unconventional, had good story telling and the characters were great. Halt and Catch Fire was about this group, mainly four characters that wanted to break from the norm creating something new and exciting. They saw something that was going to be a game changer but like all things that are worth it, they were going to have to face adversities along the way. At the end of season one of HCF, they accomplished their goal but it took a toll on all them causing them to break apart and separate paths. This new season of HCF, I’ve already watched four episodes of the show and this is the first review about it, which might be the last because I just feel it’s not a good enough show that it was last year to even watch anymore of it. For me at least, there’s only one reason why I’ll watch the rest of the season, which might be the saving grace of the show.
Halt and Catch Fire is set in the 1980s, when it was described at the time as the Wild West of computer design. As a nerd and geek like myself, any show about coding, computers and tech talk, I’m totally down with. But the difference between this show with another shows that are loosely based on computer designs, there was something cool and dangerous about it. Building computers back the day was like building rocketships. There was a feeling that you were making history. Plus, being born in the 80s, the show brings back fond memories, even though I was only a child, there’s a familiarity with the show. Like they play dope ass 80s music, which at the time I heard them, I thought they were dumb but now hearing a David Bowie song puts me in a great mood. What also puts me in a great mood, is good story telling which HCF had.
It’s essentially a group of outcasts trying to build a better version of a computer that would compete with the dominant IBM computer at the time. I’ve always liked the story of David and Goliath. The underdog taking on the giants even though they might not a chance to win, but they are still willing to try. This is why I liked the show because the characters know they are going up against a huge corporate monster but they just don’t give a fuck because they believe in themselves and their vision of a better computer. You feel for the characters and you want them to succeed even though they might fail miserably. But a story wouldn’t be great without the actors who play the characters.
HCF has an underrated cast lead by Lee Pace (The Elven King) who plays Joe Macmillan the boss’s son of IBM, which is now the leader of this rag tag team. I loved his character because he is willing to do anything or step on anyone to fullfill his goal and shit on his father. I loved his character like Cameron Howe played by Mackenzie Davis, who was punk before punk had a name. Together they are more of a destructive couple than Sid and Nancy. But we love that shit but to balance that craziness we have the normal husband and wife duo of Gordon and Donna Clark, which could have been neighbors on Leave to Beaver but at end of the season begin to unravel and turn into their bat shit crazy counterparts. Who wouldn’t love this show, but it all changed when they accomplished their goal.
Once they built the computer they always wanted, Joe ran away to get married and in the process became normal. While Cameron built her own shit, a company called Mutiny to create a never been done online gaming community, which is cool but she’s not that crazy anymore. She is trying to be a leader to a group of programmers at Mutiny, which she was to show she has her shit together with Gordon’s wife Donna. The Cameron and Donna duo is fun, but nowhere exciting as it was with Joe. Meanwhile, Gordon is just a stay at home, cokehead dad, which was fun for a second then he stopped. As you can see, I think we should get the band together even though they were dysfunctional as fuck and wanted to kill each other every single second. At least, it was watchable, which I can’t say the show is now. I would call a Mutiny if I were its showrunners. Which brings me back to the ONLY reason why to watch HCF? Joshua Hoover.
I know what you are thinking? Who the fuck? Joshua Hoover is a great up and coming actor, which you’ve probably seen him in those Mountain Dew commercials with the dancing Moose head in the background. I know right, you already love this dude. Granted, I am good friends with Hoover (probably not after this review), which doesn’t sway me from the fact he’s the only reason why to watch this season of Halt of Catch Fire. Joshua plays Bodie, one of the programmers of Mutiny, in which he basically steals every scene he’s in. I don’t know how times this season I was about to fall asleep during the show, then Bodie came out of nowhere with his underwear waking me up from my slumber.
Here’s further evidence he’s saving the show. There was a scene last episode with Cameron and Tom Rendon, a new programmer played by Mark O’Brien is in the closet together playing first version of Call of Duty, when they have a great idea and are about to make out, which at this point of it was dozing off, when Bodie came out of nowhere to figuratively shoot both of them dead with his toy gun, which I shouted to the tv, “thank god.”
The show is boring and maybe you can get those crazy kids back together to save the show but right now the ONLY reason to watch the show is Bodie aka Joshua Hoover. You may want to disagree with me but watch every episode this season and the one episode he wasn’t in, didn’t you wanted to kill yourself because it was so boring. After you re-watch those episodes, check out his Mountain Dew with the dancing Moose and tell me you don’t love this dude.
Check out our Season One Reviews for HCF
1984 (We are the Future)
Giant (Pressure makes Diamons and weeds out the Timid)
214s (Here’s to the Crazy Ones)
Up Helly Aa
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