WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
Halt and Catch Fire Mid Season Review
Spoiler Alert: Nobody admits it, but everyone sells out.
I’ve been a big fan of Halt and Catch Fire ever since it’s freshman season last year, but in its sophomore showing it has not compared to their first standout season. I watched in eager anticipation the first three episodes of H & CF but I was let down because the core group of characters weren’t showing their “A” material during the episodes. Plus, they were all separated with the exception of a few characters but the best part of this show for me at least was when all the characters interacted together creating an interesting storyline. The main four characters are good by themselves but when they are all connected they push themselves into great characters, which in turn creates a great show.
I wasn’t a fan of Halt and Catch Fire anymore.
I was so disappointed with the first three episodes, I decided not to watch it until I talked with an actor who is actually on the show, Joshua Hoover, who plays the wise cracking but lovable character Bodie. He told me that I would actually like where the season was at but I was still skeptical. After watching episode 7, which I totally skipped the last three episodes, I was happy that Josh was right and I was also happy that I was a fan of Halt and Catch Fire again.
Thank Satan for pre-episode trailers telling you what the hell happened in the last couple of episodes. I felt like I knew what was going on with the characters. Like, I think Donna had an abortion at Planned Parenthood or she just got a bunch of condoms, which is a cheap and annoying way to get contraceptives. Her husband, Gordon, has mental and health issues but seems like he is in a good spiritual place getting back together with his nerd crew creating a better version of a portable computer. I’m not sure if Donna told Gordon about the pregnancy but I like how these kids aren’t the boring husband and wife team anymore. It’s super dull when you see people, who have their shit together. This is why I love Joe and Cameron.
Last year, if you put Joe and Cameron in the same room, I would watch them for hours because they were so entertaining but this season they are the polar opposites of themselves as Joe tries to settle down with a normal chick and Cameron actually getting her shit together creating her on company. I was so bummed that these wacky kids weren’t together trying to destroy each other’s lives but fate stepped in to bring this once crazy couple back together. Not as a couple but for a partnership as Joe tries to pitch Cameron to sell Mutiny because it would be beneficial for him and Cameron. It would have been really easy if Cameron just took the offer from Joe, which would have shorten up the season of H & CF, but Cameron still hates the shit out of Joe creating one of best scenes this season as Cameron acts like a Captain of pirate ship. Standing on a filthy congested worktable with Joe’s offer, parading it to the Mutiny crew as if it was a piñata waiting to be destroyed, which in typical Cameron fashion leads the revolt of any disgusting greedy hands of any corporation ruining what she and her merry men of geeks have created. She rips up Joe’s offer right in front of him giving him the Big Sean,
“I don’t F*ck with you!”
Afterwards though, a couple of peeps from Mutiny get a second chance to rethink Joe’s offer literally putting the pieces together finding out that Cameron owns the majority of the company. After a really compelling speech from Joshua Hoover aka Bodie, who usually plays the wise cracking jokester, he goes all Daniel Day-Lewis telling Cameron we don’t all want to drink from that broke ass milkshake anymore, effectively saying, “bitch, we want to get paid.” The crew wants to put it to a vote on if they should sell Mutiny. But in end of the episode Joe tells Cameron that his boss is a prick and he would ruin Mutiny. Cameron changes her mind on selling the company but I want to point out that “selling out” sometimes is a good thing.
I know that Cameron didn’t want to sell Mutiny because she as a great vision for the company but sometimes you have to play the game in order to get or pursue the thing you really want in your life. For example, in the case of Gordon he created that soul less portable computer for Cardiff Electric, which was his vision but it was sorta disfigured because of the amount of people who wanted to change it all because of money.
Money, I believe ruins all creativity.
To create in a hurry just because there is a deadline and you have to meet expectations because of the almighty dollar, absolutely ruins the original vision of your project. I believe you should “Sell Out,” doing what you have to do in order to do the things you really want to without giving a fuck about what other people think or their input because you don’t have the pressures of making a profit. When Gordon “sold out” getting his last check from Cardiff Electric, he finally took some time off figuring out what he really wanted to do, which was to create a better version of a portable computer but the way he wanted to do it without the bullshit pressures of meeting a quota. He finally created something he was proud of all because he sold out. You gotta play the game in order to get out of the game, making your own space for you to peacefully create the vision of what you think your life should be regardless of what people think and without the pressures of money. I’ll tell you right now, I can’t wait to sell out. Where’s that dotted line, here’s my soul.
With that being said, I super glad that Halt and Catch Fire is back, kicking ass and taking names. I’m hoping the following episodes are just as interesting as the first season but I have a feeling that they are going to be because they’re going to “sell out,” in order to please their fans.
Halt and Catch Fire airs every Sunday night on AMC
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