Season 1, Episode 2
Your guide to drama set during the early era of personal computing in 1980s Texas—streaming now on Netflix.
Episode 2 of Halt and Catch Fire, entitled “FUD” was a good second episode—but too similar to the pilot in my opinion. The characters are put into their respective roles at Cardiff Electric and given their responsibilities. Cameron is assigned an office in a closet, which she takes full advantage of. Gordon is given an office with a view of the outside, and his life at home is going as well as ever. That is of course, until Gordon’s wife finds out Cameron is a woman, not a man. Joe tells everyone at the company that they all have a part to play and there are only two rules: “to have fun” and “to make money.”
Cameron struggles in getting the BIOS code written and ends up moving into the basement where she can more easily think. Joe joins her there and they take a “break.” Joe wants her to write the BIOS code and then let her go immediately after. Later, Cardiff Electric gets raided by IBM, putting many of their workers out of a job. They also try to recruit Cameron and bring back Joe as well. Our three main characters end up in an argument in a parking lot, but reconcile and realize that they need each other.
While expertly acted and plotted, I feel my main issue with this episode was that it covered a lot of the same ground the pilot episode did. The season only has ten episodes, hopefully it doesn’t feel rushed by the end. I have some gripes with the cinematography as well. There is an abundance of Dutch angles, in which the camera is tilted. I do not think these are necessary, as Dutch angles are usually done to show that we are in a bizarre or different place. Also, there was a significant amount of shaky cam towards the end. I felt like I was watching Law and Order, not a show set in the 80’s.
Minor gripes aside, I enjoyed this episode, and I look forward to the plot (hopefully) moving along.