‘Halt and Catch Fire’ season 2, episode 1 review: Second life

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There are so many different reasons at the moment why the title above applies to the “Halt and Catch Fire” premiere on AMC Sunday night. This is a series that was lucky to be granted a second season, and it happened mostly on the strength of the series’ own potential.

Then, the premiere episode was a chance for many of the characters to start over after what happened with Cardiff in the first season. Gordon got a rich paycheck as Cardiff sold out, while Joe was left with nothing but his new love after his computer-burning stunt left him closed off from any potential earnings he would have received. These two now have a chance to look at a completely uncertain future, one where they could hustle provided that they still want to. They may be just as interested in getting away from the computer rat race.

Meanwhile, it is Donna and Cameron now in the thick of it courtesy of their company Mutiny, which has dived into the world of computer gaming to a certain degree. They have struggled so far from limited resources, a lack of leadership, and at times sexism courtesy of many men not taking them serious. It is not Donna who is working late hours away from home, a distinct chance from the season 1 dynamic between her and Gordon.

The big surprise in the closing minutes was Cameron picking Bosworth up outĀ of prison, with the implication here being mostly that he could help be the leader that this company needs … even if he does already have a checkered past.

While we have no clue what is happening with Joe just yet or where the series is going, for the most part at the moment we have to say that we really don’t care yet. This was a thoroughly enjoyable first episode, and a sign of great things to come for the series.

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