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Up Helly Aa 

Unforeseen adversaries and new complications threaten to derail all that the Cardiff Electric team has worked for at COMDEX.


Terry McDonough


Christopher Cantwell (created by), Christopher C. Rogers (created by) | 2 more credits »




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 (credit only)
Scott Michael Foster ... Hunt Whitmarsh
Will Greenberg ... Brian Braswell
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Heath
Lenny Jacobson ... Donnie Manning
Barak Hardley ... Petey Manning
David de Vries ... Dennis Cummings
Griff Furst ... Wally Turner
Rafiq Batcha ... Darren
Neko Parham ... Nick Rallo
Robin Bloodworth Robin Bloodworth ... Bryon Nayhead


With no money except the $11,000 they could get selling Joe's sports car, Joe, Gordon, Cameron and Donna drive to COMDEX in Las Vegas in the Clarks' station wagon. Despite the bad publicity that Cardiff Electric has received because of the embezzlement, they believe it is still publicity that will generate buzz about their sheer presence, let alone what they might have to offer. They just have to play the part that everything is still running smoothly, which means presenting a façade of corporate wealth. But they find that Cardiff Electric's frozen bank account has caused some problems in securing both their hotel suite and convention floor space. Being that they are in Las Vegas, they believe that they may be able to overcome issue after issue with a little smoke and mirrors. But one obstacle they face threatens their entire existence at COMDEX, one that will make them individually and collectively decide what is best for the here and now possibly at the sacrifice of certain ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

27 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Up Helly Aa is a Viking fire festival in the Shetland islands, it is the largest fire festival of its kind in Europe and attracts visitors from all over the world. Every year there is an elected guizer Jarl who leads the Jarl squad who are all dressed as vikings, there is usually about 50 other squads carrying torches culminating in the burning of a Viking galley. See more »


When Joe ventures to get some ice for the champagne, he enters a room where a Macintosh Plus is on display. The keyboard is clearly disconnected, as the Plus keyboard is plugged into the front of the unit. See more »


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Like the subject matter, this episode is an achievement....
22 August 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

"We're married. We've already jumped" is merely one line of dialog taken from an episode that has more in common with the writing in Sorkin's THE NEWSROOM than any other series I am aware of. This extraordinary episode has more emotional highs than Rocky and, coincidentally, was rolled out just about the same time that (a) a SEASON 2 was green-lighted; and (b) the press twigged to the fact that HACF is in fact loosely based on a real story, namely, the story of how Compaq came from nowhere and "exploited" a "vulnerability" in IBMs original PC (namely that in a rush to market their skunkworks had used off the shelf, non protected, components. IBM would later try to correct the error with PS/2 but would fail to stop the compatibility revolution).

An incredible episode in a ground-breaking series. All the actors are extraordinary but the scenes between newcomer ("Lana Turner discovery") Mackenzie Davis and Lee Pace are unforgettable. Pace could read the phone book and make it interesting. Davis has an extraordinary face that the camera simply cannot get enough of -- she always seems about to burst into tears, or a smile, and the viewer never knows which.


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