Halt and Catch Fire (2014–2017)
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So It Goes 

Gordon enjoys success while Joe works to keep their web project afloat. Cameron extends a business trip. Donna launches a new venture.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe MacMillan
... Gordon Clark
... Cameron Rendon
... Donna Emerson
... John Bosworth
... Diane Gould
... Gavin Green
... Joanie Clark
... Haley Clark
... Shep
... Vera
... Elliot (as Brian Norris)
... Tanya Reese
... Cecil
... Mike Houseman
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Two segments of Gordon, Joe and Cameron's business are going in divergent directions. CalNect, their ISP, is doing well, AOL who wants to buy it. Loadstar, their web browser which Joe and Cameron are working on, the latter remotely from her home base in Tokyo, has bugs which Cameron, the coder, has to fix. Much to Joe's dismay, Cameron seems to have gone silent on him. As such, another web browser, Mosaic, has overtaken the market, despite the fact that Joe and Cameron had a full one year head start on them. And Gordon wants Joe's energies placed on dealing with the issue of CalNect and AOL. As Gordon celebrates his fortieth birthday and the financial success of the company overall, they are unaware of the other issues which Cameron has been facing beyond her day job at Atari. Meanwhile, Donna is not averse to pulling the funding from projects that have either stalled or that are not visionary enough for her taste. When she gives twenty-four hours to Rover, a company looking for ... Written by Huggo

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Episode is supposed to be set in 1993 and features a Hole song "Doll Parts" which was released in 1994. See more »

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Yawn and Catch Sleep.
21 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

OK. I just saw the double "first" episode of the 4th season. And it was a snooze fest, despite the fact that, in terms of plot progression, so much happened.

The main problem is ...pace. (pun intended for Lee Pace/Joe who is now a shadow of himself) but also for the narration and the rhythm of the show, which now lacks punch and inspiration.

Joe and his pals, in this episode they pretty much invented, PCs, the ...Internet, the ...web browsers, the ISPs flat rate and the search engines all at once! Not to mention ...affordable GPS ! Yet in this double episode nothing really happens in terms of action and viewer's interest.

The second part/episode is pretty much a loooong phone call between Cameron and Joe, which makes obvious that the chemistry between the 2 characters is long gone.

Honestly I don't know what to expect of the next episode. I watched 90 minutes of this and I don't actually remember anything. The interest is what? If the company of Joe and Gordon will succeed? The fast forward of time in such abrupt fashion ruined any shred of interest for that. Will Joe and Cameron be together again? With such lukewarm dynamic I don't really care.

HACF used to be a very interesting show, and episodes like the one at COMDEX (S01E09) were magnificent. Now is boring as hell. Maybe they need to rename it in something like ...Yawn and Catch Sleep.


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