Collateral attractions: Halt and Catch Fire 3.7
Fantastic episode tonight. I suppose it’s too much to hope that Cameron’s loss of the IPO vote means they’ll write her character out of the series, but I am so tired of the Mutiny plotline. (Are they inventing eBay or Second Life?) The scene in which she was voted out was dramatically pregnant and, as I found, really successful in every moment — loved that scene, it was so, so painful to be in that meeting — except the ones where Mackenzie Davis opened her mouth. Total dramatic failure where she’s supposed to be choking / emoting.
But, wow. I love the Joe / Gordon scenes. I would really love to see a revival of that creative / destructive relationship as it was written in the first season of the show. It’s that push and pull between the conceptual thinker and the tech geek that is so productive and so interesting, and both actors inhabit their roles so fully. I feel like (for lack of a better word) McNairy and Pace have a really strong chemistry — the tension between them really mirrors the energy of estranged lovers, with both of them wanting things they will never get and yet having no one else to turn to to get them. Particularly where Joe is suggesting to Gordon that he should get a share in the new company — Pace mixes Joe’s humiliation and desperation really effectively with Joe’s pride. McNairy is really great at revealing this vibe in Gordon about how he really wants recognition, to e one of the cool kids, even though he knows he never really can be. We see these stances play out particularly poignantly in the scene where Joe shows Gordon their new premises.
I really hope Joe isn’t a silent partner.
And I’m intrigued by Ryan’s leak of the MacMillan Utility source code. That could be really explosive, and I don’t just mean in a barrel in Ryan’s backyard.