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"Halt and Catch Fire"... Anyone planning on watching?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, May 11, 2014.

  1. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I'm giving this one more episode and I'm gone. It's a snooze fest. They are trying to make this a character study, like Mad Men, only either the characters are really boring or they are taking WAY too much time to flesh them out. I just don't care to learn their back stories at this point already. The only one I find remotely interesting is the blonde engineer. But she's a horrible actress. She reacts to everything exactly the same way.
     
  2. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    And she has crappy music. I ffwd'd through her "solo" scenes because of the music.
     
  3. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    I like the Gordon/wife back story and hope that she gets into the design. I think that was hinted at with her showing Gordon how to do the motherboard on top of each other.

    The others are pretty boring. The blonde chick is like a really really bad version of the blonde chick in Some Kind of Wonderful. Which is okay since it is set in the 80's I guess.
     
  4. Rainy Dave

    Rainy Dave Regulated User

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    I'm still watching, but I have to say the whole thing seems so disjointed so far.
     
  5. Gerryex

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    I agree 100% and am kind of disappointed in it. Yeah I knew it could not be all about the technical stuff as it would be way over the heads of normal people. And yeah I knew whatever technical stuff would be mostly wrong so that they could make it more dramatic. But the characters ARE boring the story is moving very slowly. I'll probably stick with it for now but I do hope it gets better!

    Gerry

    P. S. Lawsuit or not if I were the boss of the company and saw how the salesman guy (Lee Pace) backed it into a corner and how he keeps trying to force the company to do things that may be questionable, I would beat the crap out of him!!!
     
  6. tivoboyjr

    tivoboyjr Unregistered User

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    I'm feeling the same way. I wanted this show to be better than it is. It has some interesting elements, but it's kind of a Mad Men knockoff combined with a bad 80's movie.

    I'm going to keep watching, for now. Mostly because without Game of Thrones and Fargo, I need something else to watch.
     
  7. mattack

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    Yeah, she seems like she could be a good hardware engineer.
     
  8. Worf

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    I think she was introduced as being a rather experienced hardware engineer - they're at least equals in skill I believe. (They worked together on that computer they designed).

    She's also cool under pressure - between the kids, the broken speak and spell, etc.
     
  9. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I would have fired his butt the second that he sensed that this was going to be trouble. I'd have at least hired a lawyer to figure out if it legally made sense. And the fact that the Lee Pace character was new, and came in and completely screwed up the company (at least at this point, obviously, we know the outcome was that PC Clones were immensely popular and profitable).

    I spoilered the above since this isn't the series thread (or the episode thread). People might be reading having not watched yet.
     
  10. MPSAN

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    ...and what the heck did the BIRD add to this story so far? I did not like that at all!
     
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

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    I think it was a metaphor for how Cardiff appears to be dead in the water and should they just kill it or let it sit there and suffer.
     
  12. mattack

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    Actually, I got the impression she was originally a "technician" or something like that.. basically someone soldering parts together on an assembly line.. (Remember, we used to have that in the USA?)

    ...but then it seemed to me this ep showed she really knew/learned a lot more about hardware.
     
  13. MPSAN

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    OK, but I still did not like it.
     
  14. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

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    I am enjoying this show.

    Don't care about the technical accuracy.

    And maybe I'm the only one but I dig the punk music.

    Cooked a delicious breakfast for Nancy using Tapaskillet
     
  15. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    I'm just about done with this show. I want to kill the SP but I'll wait a couple of days to see if I'll reassess and give it another chance. I already have to rearrange my Sunday night recordings if I want to watch anything live so one less show won't kill me. I hate Joe. I despise Cameron. Gordon's a weak and spineless character. The only person I like is Gordon's wife.
     
  16. Craigbob

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    I'm still watching it, though the technical errors in the past week's episode really rubbed me the wrong way.

    I mean how the hell can you read a hard drive manually in that environment? There'd be so much dust that the drive would be unredable. and moving the disk manually You're dealing with head movements on the order of microns.

    I'm not a fan of any character, Joe comes across as a smarmy used car salesman with little idea of what he's attempting on a technical level. Gordon is weak and has no ability to stand up for himself or his beliefs. Cameron is the most likeable, but her snarky anti-establishment crap is getting old.

    I'll keep the SP since I want to see where the story goes, but I think this is a one season and done for me.
     
  17. danielhart

    danielhart Nerp Nerp

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    Yeah last night's episode was pretty lame in a number of ways. Perhaps I spoke too soon.

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  18. mattack

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    Yeah, the hard drive platters out in the open was stupid.

    I keep wondering what the various machines/terminals they're using are (possibly have been answered before). The things that look vaguely like Commodore PETs with built in floppy drives.

    Also, I keep noticing other tech in the background. In the scene where the guy asks the secretary to take Cameron to go get cleaned up, they're at an old copier with a (CRT) screen, right? I didn't realize any copiers back then had separate screens for control.
     
  19. Worf

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    I've seen those copiers before - they're used by print houses back in the day in order to do copies REALLY fast. As in literally pages per second. You put your original on, key in the number and options, and the thing uses a flashbulb to illuminate a photosensitive belt (instead of a drum) which lets you have dozens of pages in flight and be able to do hundreds of copies in a few minutes.

    You had oldschool copiers back in the day, but generally they took anywhere from 5-10 seconds to do one page.

    These days, copiers are digital - they scan the document into digital memory first then use a laser or CRT imager to imprint the drum with the page contents. CRT imagers are used in the high speed copiers because they can image a page in milliseconds. (Old style typesetters also used high-res CRT displays to image the plates).
     
  20. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    Joe is so despicable that I didn't care that he got the crap beat out of him by the good ol' boy cops. Plus, that made me dislike his boss for being too much of a coward to punch Joe in the face himself.
     

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