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It's obvious Halt And Catch Fire 2.0 is a serious improvement over last year's model.
Halt and Catch Fire, a series about tech entrepreneurs, albeit ones in 1980s Dallas, begins its much-improved second season having undergone a pivot of its own.
Before trotting it back out for its second turn around the track, producers have made some welcome adjustments to the show's pacing, structure, and characterization.
Thankfully, this new Halt is better, exponentially so. Its inversion of decades of prestige-drama gender convention seems painfully obvious, and yet I'm not sure if any other show has actually attempted it.
AMC's bafflingly underrated drama is one of the best programs ever at capturing the human fallibilities that go into into carving your own path in business and life, including blind competitiveness, crippling insecurity and overwhelming doubt.
A very fine, energetic season of Halt and Catch Fire, one that's worth watching even if you never quite made it to the end of season one.
It's early enough in the show's run-and improving quickly enough-to make the 11-episode catch-up binge worth considering.
The second season has followed the good path opened last year but with changes that has made it even win in brilliance and intelligence. [Full Review in Spanish]
Then, in the second season, Halt and Catch Fire unveiled its greatest strength; it's willingness to blow everything up.
For a show that has consistently been good, occasionally very good, but has failed to take a step into truly great drama, they certainly have us curious to see what's in store.
The characters feel fully shaped and no longer under construction, though their environment is all new.
Audience Reviews for Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2
Aug 09, 2020Slow as those early computers!!!@!
Sep 14, 2017It took me 3 years to get through season one, but a week to finish season two. This season definitely picks up pace. I like how the focus shifted to the two women in their 80s startup house. Both the stories in their business adventures are high relatable, very human stories. I loved Tom as a character, he's witty and caring.
Mar 06, 2017No TV show has ever described better that feeling of greatness of those machines that patched the to Internet and people who build them, better than HCF. Epic!
Oct 31, 2016Not a huge evolution from the first season, but by sticking it to its guns it remains one of tv's most interesting period dramas, and also one that happens to have some great leading ladies!
Aug 28, 2016Hook. Line. And Sinker.
Aug 12, 2016Still needs more pace
Aug 09, 2016Season 2 is a massive improvement. This time around the focus is on online gaming, a far more interesting and relevant topic to today's fan base but the real upgrade for this season is the focus on Davis and Bishe's strong female leads, taking you through how hard it is to run a company and be a woman in the 80's at the same time. Can't wait for season 3.
Oct 20, 2015As an engineer from mid '70's at the first company on the east coast to take a Intel 8008 CPU based product into production, i.e., factory floor production, this seems a bit incongruent with the way I remember that time period. "Coders" were people that wrote programs for mainframes which the general public knew nothing about. The engineering teams which created the products of this time were run by hardware engineers with an expertise in an end product area... CPU chips were just a tool and they all needed a bunch of digital logic devices to do anything at all useful. HCF seems to be an rabid Apple fan's portrayal of how they would interpret those events if they could travel back in time and watch, sort of in "It's a Wonderful Life" mode. The people creating 'code' were actually engineering professionals ('hardware' in todays terms) looking to create cost effective products with a new and interesting technological approach... there were no kids that had been playing video games since grade school... those didn't exist yet but this show is somehow trying to create that atmosphere. It wasn't there. Finding anyone interested in programming was a pain in the butt. As this industry developed, someone writing code to have a CPU board control some 'thing' could easily envision that board controlling all kinds of other devices. And here we have the dichotomy of the late '80's and '90's; The 'nerds' and 'geeks' who focus so myopically on the CPU itself had/have a hard time seeing its potential as a 'part' in an otherwise impractical device. Then the engineers finally learned to "train" marketing and sales people on what the "new capabilities" were and then went out and helped them sell it. What actually happened was a bunch of engineers transfered into marketing. The show's idea that marketing drove engineering during this period is just hilarious. Where's that vision going to come from, business school??? Ha! Maybe now, not then.
Oct 02, 2015I hope they renew. I really hope so.
Aug 11, 2015Hurry up, Season 3!!