Over the past couple of days I took the time to go through all the television shows I watch and want to watch over the summer. It’s a long list that clocked in at around 19 shows. Whether or not I can accomplish all this, I don’t know. Some of the shows are currently airing – such as 24 and Game of Thrones – but others are some I have catch up on by myself – like Warehouse 13 and Orphan Black.
One of the shows that caught my eye while running through summer shows was Halt and Catch Fire. According to the AMC synopsis it’s “Set in the early 1980s, series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas’ Silicon Prairie.”
The pilot is available for free on YouTube (and posted at the bottom of this post) and I highly recommend everyone check it out. The pilot itself is really fun and I love stories about a group of people coming together to try and change the world. This time it’s with computers and that makes it even better. The show reeks of nostalgia and pop culture references that anyone who grew up in that time will appreciate.
The performances are pretty great too. I don’t know much of Lee Pace, but he does a pretty good job with the main character thus far. Scott McNairy and Mackenzie Davis bring in the supporting roles. Both play fairly interesting characters, though Mackenzie Davis only has a few scenes to shine in during the pilot.
The show will only run ten episodes in its first season so I expect a fully serialized story with no fluff. AMC seems to grasp the concept that shorter seasons make for better storytelling overall. I only hope that people will check out the show and make it worth bringing back.
If you’re a fan of a simpler time with computers and arcades, along with a heap of 80’s nostalgia I would highly recommend you check out the pilot below.