Login Successful: Halt and Catch Fire Renewed For Second Season

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In My Humble Opinion:  Halt and Catch Fire being renewed for a second season may be the best news the AMC  network has had for a while.  Yeah you read that right, I’m more excited about a Season Two of Halt and Catch Fire than I am about the news of a Walking Dead spin-off, because frankly…Halt and Catch Fire is a much better show.  Now, before you go all crazy Rick Grimes on me, I will say, The Walking Dead is a good show okay, but if you haven’t checked out Halt and Catch Fire yet, Alt+Tab / switch screens and make it a point to do so.  I may be partial because the show takes place during the PC boom of the 80’s, a decade near and dear to my heart but there are plenty of other reasons as well.  The writing is great, the characters are complicated, and the pace (yes I mean both the speed of the show and the lead actor Lee Pace) are just spot on.  In fact, I will say this here and now, Lee Pace’s Joe MacMillan could easily fill the void once filled by Jon Hamm’s Don Draper.  Both characters could sell ice to Eskimos, and have mysterious backgrounds that capture the viewer’s interest from the get go.  Hmmmmm, Joe ‘Mac’Millan…little nod to Mac computers?  Anyway, in addition to the work by Lee Pace, the rest of the cast turns in superb performances as well.  Mackenzie Davis as the young protegé/rebel Cameron Howe can’t decide whether she wants to buy into the system or maintain her counter-culture mentality (though it looks by the season finale she’s definitely leaning towards the latter).  Her love/work relationship with Joe MacMillan was a focal point not only her character for in Season One but MacMillan’s as well.  Two other fascinating characters are those played by Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe.  McNairy and Bishe play married couple Gordon and Donna Clark who both realize that they’ve grown up and have responsibilities but long for the days when they were young, adventurous, and the world was theirs for the taking.  Side Note: McNairy and Bishe also played a married couple in the film Argo…there go impress your friends.  While you’re at it, tell your friends to check out Halt and Catch Fire!



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