HALT ANF CATCH FIRE (2014 – )

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Creators: Christopher Cantwell, Christopher C. Rogers

Cast: Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis

Set in the 1980s, this series tells the story of  the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations will change the world.

Halt and Catch fire brings back memories big time. At the tim in the 80’s I saw it all happens HP, IBM, Apple, Texas instrument, even Radio shack, got on the band wagon to invent the PC. But not an ordinary PC, the one that is going to stand out. The series takes place in Texas where IBM at the time ruled the world.

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Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), is a former IBM sales executive who has talked his way into a small tech company to enlist a software specialist to help him covertly reverse-engineer an IBM PC. It is fictional, but based on the real tech boom of the early 1980s, when companies like Texas Instruments, SCP and Compaq were battling to come up with their own PC, I even remember the Tandy 1000 back then sold at radio shack. Reverse engineering may have seemed daring back then, but now it carries a certain stigma. Some call it piracy others espionage. Here is Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), a once-promising engineer who burned out when his computer design flopped. Gordon is depressed, drinking heavily and ignoring his wife and two daughters when Joe recruits him for his project. Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), a rebellious computer science student who is smart, with a sassy attitude. The smarter of them all I think is Gordon’s wife who is an engineer but works as a secretary in this company. There are romances that is going to flourish as well as back stabbing get your dagger out there is going toe a battle to be won. Terrific series here that is addictive as hell I finished the first season in 2 days.

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