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Halt And Catch Fire The Complete Second Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 8/1/16

I recorded the first season of this show but never got around to watching it! So when they sent me this DVD to review, I went to Netflix and watched most of the first season. I'm glad I did because it's a pretty great show! It has amazing actors and really good story. What more could you ask? It's on AMC, so of course it's very good. They don't do bad shows, in my opinion.

The show takes place in Texas in the early 1980's; it's about how this small group of people try to make a laptop computer, way before that kind of thing was envisioned, when IBM was king. Microsoft and Apple were around but not big yet. It's very interesting.  The show's stars are Scoot McNairy (Gordon), Kerry Bishé (his wife, Donna Clark), Lee Pace (salesman Joe) and Mackenzie Davis (geek girl Cameron). Gordon looks like your average schlub, but he's a bit of a visionary, having tried to create his own type of computer before, with Donna (they failed to sell it).  Lee is his own visionary and has dreams of making it big. He's a little bit crazy but is really charming and handsome.  Cameron is a young college student who's rebellious but also gets caught up in wanting to create something new. I was her age back then, but no one I knew talked that much about yet computers. I got into them in the 90's, but my brothers and some friends were into them in the late 80's.  So this was a really cutting edge era.

You might think, how can this show be interesting? You might envision a bunch of geeks sitting around, working, typing... and when they do talk, it's boring. That couldn't be further from the truth.  Even though it's about computers, it's really about relationships (like most dramas!) and the writers create pretty great characters. Not only are the main characters fascinating, but they have some very entertaining guest stars as well. The story is very fast and they cram a lot into each episode.

In the second season, the show has gotten even better and focuses more on the women.  You don't want to miss this fabulous show. Make sure you go watch season 1 first!

The DVD has many awesome features about the show and behind-the-scenes. They did a good job with the set.


HALT AND CATCH FIRE SEASON 2/ Starring Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, Kerry Bishé and Toby Huss - AVAILABLE ON DVD AUGUST 9, 2016

The sophomore season of AMC’s hit tech-centered drama “Halt and Catch Fire” hits the ground running. It’s March 1985. More than a year has passed since Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace) set fire to a truck full of Cardiff Giant PCs, the last in a long string of destructive acts that burned the people that made the machine possible: Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé), Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and John Bosworth (Toby Huss). The Giant is about to go the way of the dinosaur, like any number of personal computers to enter the market in the wake of IBM. The lesson is harsh but clear: in history, only the truly disruptive ideas are destined to matter. Season two of “Halt and Catch Fire” thrives on the spirit of innovation and takes on world-changing scenarios, no matter the risk.

Season three of “Halt and Catch Fire” will premiere on AMC this summer.
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