This show had big shoes to fill replacing breaking bad in it's time slot. So far, it's doing well. Very, very character driven, yet in a way that isn't so slow that it bores me.
I am so hooked on this show! It appeals to both the business man in me and the nerd in me :)
I finally got why I love this show so much. Not because of computer stuff and not because of business stuff. I love it because everyone in the show feels real. The dramatic stare and silence for a minute are absent here (well, except for Joe, but that's part of his charm). Characters act fast and natural, their small talk is believable – never once I've seen a show which portrays such things so perfectly. Hell, this is a rare kind of a show where I laugh at the jokes, not at how terrible they are.
And only after that I should mention that, yeah, there's some computer stuff and business stuff which I like too.
I've waited a long time to say anything about Halt and Catch Fire. It seems too easy or pointless to use a word like "underrated." It's hard to say the most compelling aspects are "subtle." No matter how many times I try to dismiss the whisper "masterpiece," it still returns. This isn't a show that wastes time trying to "work its angle" well enough that you get cheap glimpses into "the computer world." It doesn't try to impress you with talk that makes you think of a snobbish adviser they consult with too often. It doesn't try to make profound statements about family or entrepreneurship. Halt and Catch Fire is the grind. It's the thing that gets you to the thing.
I crave entertainment that makes me think. Halt puts me into a kind of meditation. I can adopt the skin of practically any character and feel like I know how I'd react to any other. I want to forgive and grow and try and disappear as they did. I want to root for them, and be cut deeper and deeper each time I try to believe again. I want to feel like my home is where my heart is, and my heart can reside in so many people and everything we've tried to create together. This show can let you feel a dynamic and chaotic beauty and drive for every ounce of the pain it takes to do so.
I've reached a point where I can't find anymore words to wrap the swelling in my chest with that will quell what I'm going to miss now that it's over. What these characters have, what this story shows, is human perfection. Bloody, confusing, tumultuous and heartfelt perfection. While the show can end, what it represents is everything I want my life to be, and I feel humbled that they were able to strike the chord so soundly.
Well, here we are, another show that finished its run. I'm sad that it's over, but at the same time happy that it got the run it got. I remember I started watching it on a whim and now, 40 episodes later, I have this "I'm so glad on that day, I just went and started it". Because whenever you get to think like that, you know how meaningful a show was.
This show has inspired me to a level that is hard to describe, especially seasons 3 and 4. I'm now working on my own website, and while it's not the only thing that led me to do it, it is definitely the one that gave me the final push. Expect another Comet soon.
Goodbye Joe, Gordon, Cameron, Donna & Bos! (and everyone else)
Love this show. I was hoping for a third season, but it doesn't look likely. Its a shame. I started in computers in 1979 and lived this time period in my career. Believe me, it WAS very much like this. Technology was exploding in the 80's and I witnessed all this come about, including the cut-throat moves of businesses, particularly, IBM, Microsoft, Atari, Commodore (yes I said Atari), Compaq, Apple, and many many other smaller companies that no longer exist. It was a revolution in the computer industry, going from Unix based mainframe type computers to independent PCs. It changed the landscape of the day. It was an incredible time and this show allows me to relive this time in our history. Back when us "techs" performed component level board repairs. Don't see that anymore either.Yes, the second season seemed to have less direction then the first, but guess what....so did we. There was so much going on and so many new choices it was hard to choose the right path. Remember, there was no standard at the time. This show was one of my favorites and has a lot of potential.
Hands down best show. love the plot and the acting is spectacular. First show in a very long time that I can't wait for the next episode and go through withdraws at the end of each season.
Renewed for a fourth and final season! Glad we'll get to see the story ending on its own terms..
Obsessed with this show!
Most underrated show on TV right now. Brilliantly written, well-cast, and character driven. The way they have depicted the 80's is spot-on.
currently watching the 1st season and i'm already in love with the show
Loving the look, the feel, the cast even the audio is awesome. If you are in any way into computers or software, go for it.
Currently watching the second season and I'm in love with this show. If you guys like computers you should definitely check it out.
Good news everyone:"AMC has ordered a second season of Halt and Catch Fire."
I certainly am looking forward to that.
OMG, season 4 is finally hear. Can't wait!!!
Great show love itCheck it out
@thomas-a-roche yeah I'm pumped for the new season to start!!
@sean It's a pretty solid show so far. :)
Silly con valley is absolutely junk compared to this show!
The atmospheri the actors, everything so well chosen. Best show off this kind love it! Unlike sillicon valley this one is not teens only.
So genius and still not renewed.
Looking forward for the third season ... and the fourth, the fifth ...
Watch this show! Doesn't matter if youre a geek or a drama lover. Just watch it!
The first season was incredibly strong. Sadly the second season only has glimpses of what made the first so compelling. The Joe character is marginalised taking a back seat to a more melodramatic wider set of characters. Needless subplots that don't add anything and instead get in the way of what was originally a superbly paced show. Without the puppet master the second season sadly flounders - But don't miss out on the first.
This sequence. This show. <3
Really enjoyed first season of this.
Poor little bird :/
Can't wait for the next season !!!
gordon was my favorite and he had this terrible end! i want season 2!!
While this show chose an interesting subject and time period I can't say they delivered. The core issue for me are easily the characters. I feel rather sorry for Lee Pace having to play Joe in this because despite being the catalyst for most of what the cast does he has no clear line and apparently nothing behind him that would drive him to be how he is (try to portray that). Gordon is rather plain and Cameron more often than not is defined by quirk because she is such a rebel(!!111). Donna was about the only one in the cast that felt like a real person despite letting herself be shoved around whenever they felt like it.Storywise they managed to string things together after the mid point mainly thanks to their planned release date but they still managed to put a big dent into whatever they had with the last episode with absurd events, little consequences and that terrible phone company side-thing reveal... I'm not seeing how a second season will improve this so if that was the end of it I'm OK with that.
I LOVE IT. AMC bang on again with a new big thing. And it's only the first season. My problem is that sometimes I try to liken every new show with Breaking Bad and so far, I can see a few similarities! Which makes this great. Gordon is my favourite character obviously...
It's a nice play
It is very surreal to watch a show about the cut-throat and sexy world of the computer industry. An industry I work in, and I've never had to cut throats or bang my colleagues. (Maybe it was like this in the old days, but I doubt it).This must be what cops and doctors feel like when they watch TV.
Great show regardless.
this could work of has a Movie. has a Tv show i´m not seeing it catching my attention span more then the pilot ans second episode... This sounds amazing for all the nerds out there, and this is not meant to be offensive =p
Yay, another tech related show, I'm loving that new trend and esp. the fact that this is set in the very early beginnings of it all - makes it all the more interesting.Really curious about how this continues and the first episode was pretty darn good already (yay Lee Pace! :D)
And daaaaaaaaaamn, is that one of the best intro sequences in recent history? Pretty darn slick.