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TV: Halt and Catch Fire

Written by: 19 July 2015 No Comment

I don’t know if its aging or just changing times but currently I spend more time talking with music buddies about TV than about music. Perhaps its a reflection on our changing culture, or mine at least – music of the sort I like (ie not mainstream pop nor popular at all really) doesn’t seem to require the level of conversation and obsession it once did, I can find what I want or might like and that’s about it. I still seek music and share music with friends but its telly that seems to have replaced music as the thing that is just so hot now in my life – and there is just so very very much of it and so much of that is great.

So I figured if I’m going to post on the finger regular like again best I add something fresh into the mix, so join me in my telly faves, the really good and the so shockingly bad – I love terrible telly.

 

haltSet in the early 1980s, this 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.” IMDB

We’re in the second series of this compelling drama that captures the rapid and huge changes that technology would bring into our everyday lives.

The characters are compelling and grow in interesting ways, the script is solid, the plotline a little obvious sometimes, especially with the interpersonal relationships but not so that there isn’t some guessing needed on the viewers part. The show is well shot and the period is captured really well with the costuming and sets.

Set in Texas not the usual Silicon Valley (there be a awesome comedy called Silicon Valley, I highly recommend it too) the show starts at a time when Microsoft and apple had yet to dominate the computing landscape… and if like me the setting had you wondering wtf… go wiki Silicon Prairie, you’ll have a real interesting time, if you like computers, if not you will probably want to spit in my face

There is little in the way of conspiracy theories or threats to humanity…. its a geek story done real good.

 

 

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