Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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Joe begins a new job after meeting Sara's father; Gordon grapples with his newfound freedom; Donna is jolted by Cameron's surprising hire at Mutiny.

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Phil Abraham

Writers:

Christopher Cantwell (created by), Christopher C. Rogers (created by) | 1 more credit »
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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
August Emerson ... Malcolm Levitan
Randy Havens ... Stan
James DuMont ... Eugene Bowdich
Robert C. Treveiler ... Timothy Bondham (as Robert Treveiler)
James Cromwell ... Jacob Wheeler
Alana Cavanaugh ... Haley Clark
Cooper Andrews ... Yo-Yo Engberk
J. Elijah Cho ... Wonderboy
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After Joe meets Sara's father, Jacob Wheeler, CEO of Dallas-based oil company Westgroup Energy, Joe contemplates accepting a job offer from him, as none of Joe's other professional opportunities panned out, something of which Jacob is aware just based on Joe's recent history making him non-marketable job-wise. A discussion with Sara at the end of his first work day answers a lot of the questions Joe had about the nature of that work day. Cameron makes a unilateral decision to hire someone as "the boss" of Mutiny. The unilateral nature of the decision irks Donna, who wants more of a collaborative decision making environment between the two of them, while the rest of the Mutiny staffers seem ill at ease with the person himself. Cameron and Donna face two other immediate issues. The first is trying to find money to operate more effectively, they having a meeting with Stokes, a venture capital firm. The second is finding out that someone is hacking into their network and repackaging much ... Written by Huggo

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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It's revealed in this episode that Cameron had been using her father's first name. Her real name is Catherine Howe. See more »

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Gordon is using the second edition of the book The C Programming Language which wasn't released until 1988. See more »

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Change of "Pace"
10 June 2015 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Apologies for the pun ... your reviewer could not resist.

To be clear -- I was a fan last year, I am a fan this year, I will stick with the show and I will recommend the show.

But, also to be clear, the show has changed.

What I think happened is this: the creators Cantwell and Rogers were likely "on fire" (another pun, sorry) when they pitched the show originally, and further "ablaze" when the show was green-lighted last year.

Every minute of every episode last year had an energy which was palpable. It was as though the producers, not sure if the series would find an audience, or become popular, or get picked up for a second year, wanted to cram as much as they could into the original production.

And it showed. Boy did it show. The first year of HACF was mesmerizing. Most shows take years to reach the level of energy that this show delivered in its first few episodes.

So here we are in Season 2 ... and what changed? I think (this is what reviewers do, they speculate ... and good reviewers get it right) everyone had a big sitdown, and the tone of the meeting was "We have an unexpected hit on our hands .. so what do we do now...? And the answer was obvious. Go the BREAKING BAD route. Slow the pace, punch up the characters, develop a long arc, and an extra long arc, so that if we end up with a 5 year hit, we know where we are headed.

That's what I think happened. It is still a great show. It is simply not the SAME show.

And I am still a fan.


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