Halt And Catch Fire Teaches Us To Live With Failure


I’m not going to lie: “Halt and Catch Fire” is spotty in its first season. The show debuted on AMC in 2014, at a time when the network was trying unsuccessfully to replicate the success of “Breaking Bad” (which had ended the year before) and “Mad Men” (which s’ is completed the following year). You can really tell that the creators of “Halt and Catch Fire” Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers started chasing the ghosts of these shows. Season 1 presents Joe as an anti-hero strictly in the Don Draper mold; his inspiring pep talks and playboy exterior mask a mysterious and tragic side he keeps hidden from those close to him, like the scars on his chest. The show is also chock-full of heavy metaphors (some of which, fair warning, involve either dead animals or, in one case, an unnamed person) and shocking twists and turns at the start, which is a bit tedious.

Then, during Season 1, something happens. Just as the characters in the series stop trying to sell the lie of who they are and what they want out of life (not just to others, but to themselves), the writers of the series are gradually ceasing to ‘try to bone the next “Mad Men”. and start to shape “Halt and Catch Fire” an identity of its own. (A closer to “Six Feet Under”, as the AV Club noted in 2017.) In doing so, he distracts his attention from Joe and Gordon – the de facto protagonists of Season 1 – and more onto Donna and Cameron, as the couple evolve beyond being the archetype of the frustrated wife and the “broken” young rebel. female, they were in the pilot of the series and became fully realized, multidimensional and deeply imperfect people. Their relationship, in turn, becomes the beating heart of the series, and “Halt and Catch Fire” only gets better.


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