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Halt and Catch Fire - "Search/Ten of Swords" -- SERIES FINALE

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jsmeeker, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    Yea I go with the Napster knock off and we know what happened to Napster which is consistent with the show!
  2. Craigbob

    Craigbob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2006
    Land of...
    I was also thinking digital music. The CD was already out for several years at that point, so digital music was a thing. The confluence of the cash register and the juke box points to it.
  3. sfenton

    sfenton Member TCF Club

    Feb 8, 2004
    Acworth Ga
    This article is about series ender episodes but has a lot about Halt and Catch Fire. The sidebar near the bottom is specifically about the show.
    The delicate art of the TV series finale

    It says the creators did not decide on a specific idea but insert a number of possibilities.
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  4. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    Interesting they evaluate Halt and Catch Fire along side shows like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Maybe they turned into Touch Tunes. Those digital jukeboxes that are in every bar these days.
  6. ADent

    ADent Active Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Denver, CO
    Gotta say this was by far my least favorite season. I liked 1 and 3. But this was a clunker.
  7. thewebgal

    thewebgal MacAphile AV geek

    Aug 10, 2007
    DC 'burbs
    yep, it was a long haul to the finale ... and not a good payoff!
    It like they didn't know what to do after wrapping season 3 ...
    what hack had to wrap all those "loose ends" - then they KILLED GORDO!
    And really ... using such an OVERLY-cliched track like Gabriel's Solsbury Hill -
    ... was that just to show what era they really were? Ugh!
  8. spartanstew

    spartanstew Thanks 4 the Update

    Feb 23, 2002
    Wylie, Texas
    The episode when Gordon died should have been the finale.
  9. Squeak

    Squeak Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    Am I crazy to think that Joe wasn't teaching at a college, but instead a high school (possibly private)? I have never seen a college that had bells that rang before.
  10. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    I have...and the students definitely looked college-aged (although of course in Hollywood high schoolers can be into their 30s! :D).
  11. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
    No. Not crazy to think that based on how the scene was presented.

    I also have experienced ringing bells in college. Though it was quite limited, and IIRC, just to one building. A little odd to be sure.

    But really, I think the best evidence that it was a college was that it calls back to the very first episode.
  12. Squeak

    Squeak Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2000
    Columbus, Ohio
    Yeah, I am sure that was the intent (that it was a college), but both my wife and I looked at each other as we watched it and were confused since neither of us went to a college that had bells.
  13. vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

    Jun 18, 2002
    My college had bells until a few years ago. They changed to a new schedule that had different class period lengths so the bells were eliminated to avoid confusion.
  14. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table
    Just binged all 4 seasons over the past couple of weeks. I enjoyed it. Nice ending with Joe with the car and his first and last words in the series: "Let me start by asking a question."

    I'm a programmer and lived through all of it and I could nitpick but I won't. It was entertaining.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2018
  15. gschrock

    gschrock Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    holt, mi
    I know this goes back a ways in the discussion here, but I find it interesting that people find the idea of a college professor owning a Lotus to be all that odd of an idea. Ok, yeah, the exact timing of the show salaries weren't quite where they are today, but faculty can make quite a decent salary. In my parking lot alone, we've got someone that drives an aston martin (ok, it's one of the lower end ones, but still probably 6 figures). There's a couple of other cars that show up from time to time that push 6 figures, but I don't see them as much in the winter.

    Course, the reality is, most of the truly expensive cars on campus are owned by the students.
  16. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    The even bigger issue is that Joe became very wealthy with his anti-virus company, and also seemingly made some decent money in his partnership with Gordon. So there's no reason to believe he purchased the Lotus on a college professor's salary. I viewed it as he had made plenty of money and could live comfortably, now he was doing something that he really wanted to do.
  17. andyw715

    andyw715 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2007

    Second semester CSC (comp sci) intro class (C++) in 1992; walk into class and on the projector is a web page (mosaic) with my professor leaning up against his Ferrari.

    He said; "If you pass my class, someday you will own one of these"

    ....still waiting.
  18. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table
    Yeah it seemed to me that Joe (and the rest of them) all made some great money along the way.

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