TV Showcase #104: Halt & Catch Fire #6: Landfall


Landfall is the sixth episode of Halt & Catch Fire, first broadcasted on July 6, 2014 with a script by Zach Whedon and directed by Larysa Kondracki.

The prototype computer is finally finished, and boots up successfully to the cheers and applause of the assembled Cardiff employees. Cameron proposes changes to the operating system’s user interface to make it more user-friendly. Both Gordon and Joe reject her idea, with both stating that radical changes to the computer would be too complex and costly to implement and thus more difficult to sell. Hoping to ease the tension between them, Gordon invites Joe over to his house for dinner. After the programmers get frustrated with receiving conflicting orders from both Cameron and Gordon, Bosworth calls Cameron into his office; he cautions her to be careful, as there are those who would like to see her fail, as she “represents the future”. When Joe arrives at the Clark household, Gordon isn’t home yet, as he had earlier made a promise to Donna that he would find Cabbage Patch Kids for their daughters, a task made more difficult with Hurricane Alicia battering Dallas. Joe must then endure two boisterous children as well as Donna’s lobbying on Gordon’s behalf for there to be no further changes to the new computer. While playing with the kids, Joe has second thoughts about Cameron’s OS; he stops off to see Cameron on his way home, and asks to see her work.

The episode does a good job of calling back to some of the timeperiod’s most remembered pieces of history like Cabbage Patch Kids and Hurricane Alicia and the acting is really good and the story works very well to not go overboard on its’ purpose.

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