Halt And Catch Fire Season 2 DVD Review
Harumph and cease watching.
In the 10 episode second season of the AMC series “Halt and Catch Fire,” the 1985 set drama dives into Joe’s relationship with Sara, Donna and Cameron’s Mutiny project, Gordon getting a big payday, a hacker, Bosworth being released from prison, family drama on multiple fronts, Joe taking a job at Westgroup Energy, a character’s disease diagnosis, a pregnancy, Sara’s father Jacob (the head of Westgroup Energy), Tom and Cameron’s relationship, Westgroup and Mutiny drama, video games, Gordon having an affair, and Joe starting up a new project.
On paper, the fictional “Halt and Catch Fire” sounds like a fascinating series about technological revolution and the computer industry, but unfortunately, the ideas are lost amidst poor execution. Despite the impressive production values, the series plays like a less interesting version of “Pirates of Silicon Valley” or even the hilarious “Silicon Valley” for that matter. If the characters were interesting I’d be willing to forgive a lot of the show’s issues, but they aren’t. Instead, we see them spout techno babble, bicker and fight constantly, and generally engage in soap opera level drama. It’s simply not appealing to watch especially when “Silicon Valley” is tackling similar ideas in a more entertaining fashion.
The real shame here is that the talented cast is being wasted. Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe, Mackenzie Davis, and James Cromwell (who has an arc in season 2) are all proven actors, but they deserve so much better than the roles they are given here
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? This is a sharp looking DVD transfer to be sure.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? I didn’t detect any issues with this track. It’s solid across the board.
* AMC ads.
* Inside looks at all 10 episodes of season 2. These bonus features contain interviews, episode clips, and plot discussions.
* “History of Now”- A featurette about season 2, the rise of technology, and start-up culture.
* “Tour of an 80’s Start-Up”- Mackenzie Davis and Kerry Bishe give viewers a tour of the Mutiny home.
* “The New Joe”- A bonus feature about the character of Joe in season 2.
* “Set Tour With Lee Pace And Scoot McNairy”- Speaks for itself.
Overall Thoughts: I cannot recommend the show myself, but if you dug the first season you will probably want to give the second season a shot. Note: Season 3 drops August 23rd.
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