Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) A new AMC original series debuting in June. I’ve had a sneak peek at the first episode and I’ll be coming back for more.
The Story: This is an allegedly fictionalized account from within the industry of the PC revolution, just at that instant in time where the world of the personalized computer exploded into the mainstream. A sort of technological Wild West with an obvious Steve Jobs-Steve Wozniak relationship vibe.
And how old do I feel when they describe this as (and I quote), a “period drama.” What?
No, Downtown Abbey is a period drama.
Bleak House is a period drama.
Pride and Prejudice is a period drama.
North and South, Little Dorrit, Dangerous Liaisons, Emma, Lark Rise to Candleford, The Forsyte Saga, Upstairs Downstairs, The Paradise, Cranford, The House of Mirth – these are all period dramas. I understand the theory, but it still feels wrong.
A movie set in the 1980s about computers should not be a period drama.
Starring Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies, The Hobbit, Wonderfalls, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.)
Scott McNairy (Bones, 12 Years A Slave, Argo, etc.)
Cameron Howe (What If, Smashed, etc.)
10 episodes starting June 1, 2014.
Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) A reference to several computer machine instructions with negative consequences, prompting the computer into a sort of Kirk-Spock fight to the death, making the CPU cease meaningful operation. Test? For fun? Urban myth? Could it really make a computer catch fire? Anyone know?
Halt and Catch Fire (HCF) Not something I would ever recommend doing even if there were hunky firefighters close by.