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    Is anyone watching this? I've watched a little bit of it just to look at Lee Pace. *yummy!*

    Joe McMillan, played by Lee Pace, contemplates his next move in “Halt and Catch Fire.” AMC Critical friends and colleagues have said AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire” will have difficulty building an audience because people have a hard time believing the computer business can be exciting enough to fill an hour-long time slot.
    In a recent interview with Speakeasy, the show’s lead actor, Lee Pace, who plays marketing maven Joe MacMillan, said the series is really about people and their complicated relationships at work, home and beyond. While the budding personal-computer market of the early 1980s is the backdrop, this is not a business show, he said.

    So which side is right?

    In the sixth installment of the 10-episode series, with the title “Landfall,” the executives, programmers, engineers and other staffers at Dallas computer company Cardiff Electric brace for the arrival of a hurricane. While the heavy weather doesn’t do much to slow the progress of the company’s portable dream machine – essentially an early laptop design – it does temporarily trap certain people, keeping them together long enough to develop conversations that reveal new details.

    John Bosworth (Toby Huss) and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) are stuck at the office waiting out the storm when he fixes drinks and she tells him how she fell in love with technology in her junior-high computer club. She also explains why she wants the new Cardiff computer to have interactive features that will boost users’ loyalty and give it a “soul.”

    Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy) and his cadre of engineers previously made fun of her ideas for changing the computer, but John, often brusque and foul-mouthed, shows sensitivity and seems to understand where Cameron is going and why. Hanging around with her and the other bright young programmers clearly restored some of his youthful spirit while their work won his respect.
    But John is still a bit of a father figure, and tells Howe to be careful because some people within the company want her to fail.
    “You’re the future,” he tells her, adding that nothing is scarier.

    Joe gets is at Gordon’s house for dinner while the storm rages. But Gordon isn’t there because he is driving around trying to buy a Cabbage Patch Kid for his daughter’s birthday. Anyone who recalls the sell-outs and consumer mania surrounding those dolls knows

    Gordon will have a hard time finding one.

    While waiting for Gordon, Joe chats with his wife, Donna and entertains their two daughters, building a fort out of chairs and blankets and pretending to battle the storm with flashlights he borrows from the girls.

    When he finds out the children have great affection for their flashlights and have even given them names, Joe realizes Cameron might be on the right track after all. Perhaps consumers could develop similar love for an interactive computer.

    Do you think the show’s interpersonal drama stands out over its business theme? Will Joe and his team ever get their computer to market? Will Donna wind up working on the project in an official capacity? And has Joe finally told Cameron the truth about how he got all those scars on his torso? Please leave your comments.

    ‘Halt and Catch Fire’: Season 1, Episode 6, ‘Landfall’ - Speakeasy - WSJ
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    I'm watching! Caught the first and second episodes on a Sunday morning AMC rerun, and thought it was interesting enough to keep up with. And I agree, Lee Pace is the main reason to watch, (great sociopath and quite easy on the eyes) but the other characters are growing on me too. The girl playing Cameron is such a dead ringer for Mary Stuart Masterson in "Some Kind of Wonderful" it's a bit distracting. And Gordon doesn't deserve his awesome wife.
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