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"Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC

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    "Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC

    Just an fyi for Commodore fans..

    Season 2 of "Halt and Catch Fire" on AMC returned recently (Ep. 2 aired this past Sunday), and Commodore computers feature heavily in this season's storyline.

    #2
    The resident Commodore fan I know went completely ballistic about, well, pretty much everything they showed on the screen... but yeah, Commodores.
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      #3
      Enjoy! Wasn't involved in the script or anything, but all the computers came from my user group, MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists).
      @ Founder, Vintage Computer Federation -- resigned Dec. 2019
      @ Author, Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers
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        #4
        Cool, I may have to start watching again. I caught the first 4 or 5 episodes of season 1, but it didn't hook me like I hoped. Maybe the addition of some Commodore goodness can change that.

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          #5
          Originally posted by EvanK View Post
          Enjoy! Wasn't involved in the script or anything, but all the computers came from my user group, MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists).
          Hah!

          Cool. I had just assumed the showrunners went nutz on Ebay.

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            #6
            Originally posted by CanadaPhil View Post
            Hah!

            Cool. I had just assumed the showrunners went nutz on Ebay.
            Nope. They contacted us a couple of years ago. At first they wanted us to load up a vehicle and drive everything from our museum in NJ to the set 850 miles away. We said no thanks. Fortunately they realized that FedEx exists.
            @ Founder, Vintage Computer Federation -- resigned Dec. 2019
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              #7
              That is amazing that there is a small connection to HACF with members of this forum!

              Its great to see that the show is now acknowledging Commodore in some small way in this season's plotline. Oh course its all fictional, but I sort of equate the startup depicted in Season 2 as something akin to "QuantumLink". Maybe QLink will get a mention in later shows?

              So happy that AMC gave HACF a second chance and renewed it last year.

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                #8
                Originally posted by CanadaPhil View Post
                That is amazing that there is a small connection to HACF with members of this forum!

                Its great to see that the show is now acknowledging Commodore in some small way in this season's plotline. Oh course its all fictional, but I sort of equate the startup depicted in Season 2 as something akin to "QuantumLink". Maybe QLink will get a mention in later shows?

                So happy that AMC gave HACF a second chance and renewed it last year.
                We also supplied (most of) the computers for "The Americans".

                Word gets around in the film industry.
                @ Founder, Vintage Computer Federation -- resigned Dec. 2019
                @ Author, Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers
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                @ My Lego Robotics Page

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                  #9
                  "Halt and Catch Fire" sounds like the last DG Nova I had the pleasure to use an extinguisher on...:}

                  I'll look fwd to the shows!

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by EvanK View Post
                    Enjoy! Wasn't involved in the script or anything, but all the computers came from my user group, MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists).
                    How did that work, did they buy them or are they just on loan?
                    My collection: http://tkc8800.com

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by taborj View Post
                      Cool, I may have to start watching again. I caught the first 4 or 5 episodes of season 1, but it didn't hook me like I hoped. Maybe the addition of some Commodore goodness can change that.
                      I would highly recommend you give Season 1 another shot from the beginning again BEFORE trying Season 2.

                      S1 was a slow burn, but around Ep. 7, it all starts to gel. Ep. 8 was fan favourite, and 9 and 10 knock it out of the park. The season ended very strong.

                      S2 takes place 18 months later in time, with a different plotline as the principals have gone on differing paths, but I feel it still requires knowing all their backstories.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
                        The resident Commodore fan I know went completely ballistic about, well, pretty much everything they showed on the screen... but yeah, Commodores.
                        Speaking as a Commodore fan, it wasn't as bad as I feared. Some of it looked like an attempt to have an Apple II and Commodore 64 furtively breed in the bushes, but the colour palette was right and the font was pretty close. What threw it was him programming in C ... and ANSI C, at that.
                        I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ClassicHasClass View Post
                          Some of it looked like an attempt to have an Apple II and Commodore 64 furtively breed in the bushes
                          Ugh. Never, ever let that happen. It's where mimes come from.

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                            #14
                            +1 for mimes!!
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Eudimorphodon View Post
                              Ugh. Never, ever let that happen. It's where mimes come from.

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                              Oh man, I wanted one of those back in the day.

                              The Mimic. Not the Mime.
                              I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
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