Media Release: Thursday, August 20, 2015
HALT AND CATCH FIRE
Airs Tuesdays at 8.30pm AEST starting September 1
The second season of US drama series Halt and Catch Fire, which dramatises the personal computer revolution of the early 1980s, premieres exclusively on Foxtel’s showcase channel on Tuesday, September 1 at 8.30pm AEST.
Set in Texas’ Silicon Prairie, Halt and Catch Fire is the story of three underdogs – a manipulative mastermind, an embittered would-be visionary and a volatile prodigy, whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time.
Season two jumps to March 1985 and the rise of what will eventually become the Internet.
More than a year has passed since the success of Cardiff Electric’s revolutionary new computer “The Giant”, made possible by Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), Donna Clark (Kerry Bishé), Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis) and John Bosworth (Toby Huss). But The Giant is about to go the way of the dinosaur, like any number of personal computers to enter the market in the wake of IBM. The lesson is harsh but clear: in history, only the truly disruptive ideas are destined to matter.
The next wave of disruption in tech is coming, and it may well land at Mutiny, Cameron and Donna’s innovative new start-up company founded at the end of season one. Mutiny is now a burgeoning online network, where you can both play games and talk to other people using your modem.
The Information Age is dawning, and with it an entirely new way for people to connect with one another as human beings.
For the men and women of Halt and Catch Fire who are caught up in this pivotal moment in history, pursuing their dreams may carry a high cost. Because in the real world, human connections between husbands and wives, lovers and friends, can be surprisingly fragile.
Halt and Catch Fire is produced and created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers for AMC Studios.