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Halt and Catch Fire (Season 3 - 2016)
« on: October 15, 2016, 07:56:48 pm »
Season 3




Not only is Season 3 my favorite so far, it's clearly the best season during its series run. I'm glad that I waited until all the episodes had aired so that I could binge watch this in a few days and it played like a concerto. This was a brilliant arc for all the characters, but it was the final 3 episodes that really elevated HACF into a new realm. With the shocking death of new character Ryan, who by the way was a great addition to the cast, it flips everything you know or have come to expect from the characters. I love how this show in each season has been bold enough to reinvent itself time and again and yet it all feels organic in its evolution. Another bold move was the fact that there was a huge 4 year time jump from the end of Episode 8 to the start of Episode 9. This isn't the norm for any show to do something like that during an active season. Time jumps are usually reserved after the end of one season and the start of the next. Once you wrap your head around what just happened, in the Season Finale, it comes down to the original gang of 4 reunited to start on its next venture, which sets up Season 4. The other thing I really liked for this season is how they made Joe the sympathetic one and Donna the "villain" and she is now a woman scorned and looks to burn it all down next season. There was poetic payback for Cameron toward Donna, which I never really saw coming. That was a nice callback for what transpires during the season. Definitely check out Season 3. It's a fantastic season. It's everything you want from the show and more. Bring on Season 4!
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Re: Halt and Catch Fire (Season 3 - 2016)
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2016, 08:00:14 pm »
Halt and Catch Fire Renewed for Fourth and Final Season


The great thing about having a stellar season like this one, AMC was smart enough to renew this series early compared to the previous 2 seasons where they kept me on pins and needles, waiting for word if it would be coming back or not. So, I'm happy I don't have to worry about it getting the axe, but I'm also bummed that Season 4 is the last season. I kinda expected it because the story itself dictates it given that they have touched on all the big tech moments leading into present day. Would have liked to have gotten 5 Seasons. Oh well....
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Re: Halt and Catch Fire (Season 3 - 2016)
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2016, 04:09:14 am »
Well, we've always said quality over quantity. To many times we've seen studios try putting more out and they end up just diluting and/or ruin the series.

Yea, it's hard to see something good end.
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Re: Halt and Catch Fire (Season 3 - 2016)
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2017, 11:43:42 am »
Season 4 (2017)
5 Stars out of 5



I was certain that we had a thread for Season 4: The Final Season. I guess not. So, I will post my thoughts on Season 4 and the Series Finale in here. As far as this season goes, it was an absolute stellar turn for the series. They went out with a bang. Not one bad episode in the entire run and dare I say, Season 4 quite possibly could be the best yet. I will have to watch the entire season back to back to really be able to make that statement, but what I can say is, this was an unforgettable season. I'm really glad that they had Gordon's two daughters grown up to the point where Haley would have a big impact on the plot line for this season as Cameron, Joe, Gordon and of course Haley tackling this seasons new tech of Web Browsers. What show other than Halt and Catch Fire can make Browser's of all things, insanely exciting to watch unfold.

There were a couple of standout moments that the series went with. First was basically flipping Joe and Donna's roles where he becomes the sympathetic character and Donna, more or less the "villain". They dynamic has changed where it's 4 against her as they both race to see who will win the Browser War. By the end, things right themselves as we have to have some sort of happy ending as we say goodbye to these characters. I love how Cameron and Donna come together at the end with "an idea", but we aren't privy to what exactly the idea is. Opened ended. I'm still trying to dissect what exactly Donna was seeing in the diner that sparked her idea. Loved the final shot in the series as we see that Joe has become a teacher and this is clearer in what they are saying. He is looking to create future Joe MacMillan's...perhaps this will be his "greatest invention".

As for Gordon, his passing left me stunned and speechless. It wasn't that they killed him off (which of course was a bummer), but it was in how they chose to do it. When we see Donna entering his house and walking from the front door to the next room and sitting on the couch, I was led to believe that she wanted to get back together with him. When Gordon follows her to another room and we see Haley and Joanie far younger, I immediately knew what was happening and with each new room, we are going further back in time. What left me stunned is that there was no setup. All we get is his transitioning from this life into the next and I thought it was brilliant and bold in its execution of the scene. 99.9999% of Directors and Writers would show the character in the present laying on a bed, or clutching his arm or whatever to tell you something is wrong with the character. Here, they just drop the bomb on us and it is far more effective. It has been a few days since watching that episode and it's still leaving a profound mark on me. Anyway, I rank this as one of the best series ever. It's definitely in my Top 5 of All Time. I can't wait to get the Series Box Set on DVD...sooner, rather than later. 5 Stars out of 5 for both this season and the Finale.....and the series as a whole.
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