Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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Cameron and Joe cross paths, sending Cameron into a tailspin; Gordon absorbs difficult news.


Michael Morris


Christopher Cantwell (created by), Christopher C. Rogers (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Pace ... Joe MacMillan
Scoot McNairy ... Gordon Clark
Mackenzie Davis ... Cameron Howe
Kerry Bishé ... Donna Clark
Toby Huss ... John Bosworth
Aleksa Palladino ... Sara Wheeler
Mark O'Brien ... Tom Rendon
Annette O'Toole ... Susan Emerson
Kevin Rankin ... Henry Clark (voice)
August Emerson ... Malcolm Levitan
Jennifer Irwin ... Cookie Kuempel
James Cromwell ... Jacob Wheeler
Nick Pupo ... Carl
Michael May ... Chet Jensen
Morgan Hinkleman ... Joanie Clark


Because she presses him on the issue, Gordon has to admit to Donna that his contact regarding the great deal they are getting on the network is Joe. This admission sets off a series of other admissions between all the players about what is going on, which culminates in a meeting between Joe and Cameron among others. This new professional partnership has profound effects on the personal lives of all involved. Donna and Gordon largely keep their medical issues to themselves. While Donna contemplates what to do in light of her increasing workload, Gordon feels he can't lean on Donna while the online community function becomes a more integral part of Mutiny's business. So Gordon reflects on his life, most specifically the carefree part of his marriage before the children arrived. And Bosworth has a potentially embarrassing moment on his first post-prison date. Written by Huggo

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28 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Show title used to refer to coding ...

... and now it seems to refer to the characters themselves.

Not that this is a bad thing. Merely a transition.

I still love the show but the job of the reviewer is to tell it like it is.

Season 1 was about the story. Season 1 attempted (and succeeded) at telling a tale that seemingly everyone else in Hollywood had missed.

Season 1 could legitimately claim to be about the computer revolution. "Halt and Catch Fire" was a piece of code, and the fact that the creators chose it for the title speaks volumes.

Season 1 was electric. You had a great story and you had great characters. Everyone was a winner.

(Won't bore with with the story about how Davis was "discovered" on a street corner in Montreal, like a modern Lana Turner)

Season 2 is still set against the backdrop of the computer age but mow the characters are in the foreground. Again, I am not complaining, just reviewing.

All kinds of things are happening to the characters. In essence the show has become Breaking Bad set against a different thematic background.

It is still amazing. The writing is still sharp and the characters feel like old friends.

But it is not exactly the same show.

And, there, the job of the reviewer is done.

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