The Lee Pace-iest Moment from This Week's 'Halt and Catch Fire'
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The Lee Pace-iest Moment from This Week's 'Halt and Catch Fire'

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | June 2, 2014 | Comments ()

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Between the Trial by Combat on Game of Thrones and the greatest dick joke in the history of television on Silicon Valley, some of you may have missed last night’s series premiere of Halt and Catch Fire on AMC. I recommend catching up. It was a solid pilot episode, even if it is clearly trying to capture the spirit of Mad Men twenty years later in a different industry.


Granted, at least based on the pilot, the writing and complexity of Halt and Catch Fire may never measure up to Matthew Weiner’s work, but it also may lack some of the self-seriousness of Mad Men and ultimately be more accessible. In my review of the show, I likened it to USA Network’s Suits, mostly because it’s driven by a kind of conversational emptiness and the desire to create stakes with earnest proclamations instead of presenting actual stakes (there are no characters with life-threatening cancer trying to build a nest egg for their families, for instance).

But it’s a summer show, and a little breeziness is not only forgiven, it’s encouraged. Given AMC’s track record since The Walking Dead, I’d also really like to see it succeed, lest the network put into motion more spin-offs of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, or — if they get desperate enough — The Killing.

The first episode is definitely promising, anchored by the Goth-y pre-Hackers computer prodigy played by Mackenzie Davis, Scooter McNairy — who looks like he just quit Stillwater — and, of course, Lee Pace, who is perfectly cast as a slick, dare-to-be-great snake-oil salesman who is also a bit of a fraud (see also: Don Draper). His character sets in motion the premise, which sees a brilliant engineer stuck in a cubicle job and the computer prodigy joining forces with Pace’s Joe MacMillan to turn the fictional Cardiff Electric from a company that sells systems software into a company that hopes to compete in the PC wars with IBM and Apple.

It’s a very intriguing premise, with lots of potential, although it may require some historical revisionism if Cardiff Electric is actually going to matter in the PC Wars.

Still, the best thing the show has going for it so far is Lee Pace, who I am hoping will provide us with these wonderful Lee Pace moments for episodes to come.

Here is your Lee Pace moment of the week.



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  • BWeaves

    I'm a computer programmer and I fell asleep during this show.

    I've also already done my rant in a previous post.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    There's no way we're getting a second review of yours then, is there? I'd love to read them and I'm sure a lot of people would appreciate it as well. Thanks for sharing that post earlier.

  • Johohohallo

    Thanks for sharing that. You rant about this show, in 2 different posts and actually mention you ranted in one of them ... Are you going to do that after every episode? -yawn-

  • BWeaves

    I'll just file it in the Department of Redundancy Department.

  • Nadiney

    Even when he turns his head, it's somewhere between mega bitch, sassy, and smoldering. HOW, PACE? HOW?

  • Ryan Ambrose

    I felt like Captain America watching two men dissecting an IBM computer, all I could make sense was that it seemed to run on some form of electricity.

    But I'll be damned if I'm not hooked already, sometimes I prefer a low-stakes drama about people trying to come up with a single idea that will transform world, the solitary inventor passionately working inside his garage that cuts to the core of the American dream. Even if that guy is a bit of a dick. And the cast is terrific, I can already see myself devoting an hour of my week to this now that 'Mad Men' is in hiatus and 'Masters of Sex' does not return for a few months.

    That intro with the synthesizer was pretty damn great as well.

    I'm curious though, did those who watch the pilot and who have extensive knowledge of computers find the technical aspects to be inaccurate or does it do a good job at that?

  • JMD

    wow, looks like Flynn Rider doing the smolder

  • cox

    hey! if a spin-off of "the killing" is just the "hot sweedish guy talking to kids" portion of the show, it will be the best show of the summer.

  • Samantha Klein

    Happy Monday to me! #LeePaceforPajibaTopTen

  • It's almost like we're getting help campaigning for him. Yay for a well-timed AMC show?

  • Samantha Klein


  • So do we want to talk strategy, or is the goal here just volume?

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