Joe, Gordon and company cannot catch a break on AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” unless you count the endless glitches and mishaps with their Cardiff Giant computer. The show’s season finale will air Sunday, Aug. 3, with episode 10, “1984,” where the team will have to recover from the setbacks of their ill-fated Vegas trip.
Episode 9, “Up Helly Aa,” introduced a batch of new adversaries to Joe and the Cardiff team. Donna’s old boss, Hunt Whitmarsh (who resigned from Texas Instruments in Episode 8 after halting Donna’s advances on their business trip), is back with a competitor to the Cardiff Giant. It turns out he had been leading Donna on to gain information on Gordon’s plans for the Giant.
The bigger problem, though, for Cardiff was revealed at the end of the episode with Joe’s teary discovery of a company called Apple and their new computer -- the Macintosh. Joe knows the Macintosh threatens to render everything Cardiff has worked for obsolete.
However, the team’s immediate problems might be each other.
According to the episode 10 synopsis, when Joe and Gordon prepare to move the Giant back to Texas, another suspicious glitch occurs leaving them blaming each other for the problem. Viewers might remember that Joe has a history of self-sabotage at Cardiff, staging Cameron’s memory backup crisis in episode 4.
Speaking of Cameron, the wildcard programmer was not present at Cardiff’s Vegas presentation, scorned by Joe and Gordon’s decision to spurn her innovative operating system in favor of speed and cost efficiency. With Joe gently suggesting she follow the young wave of talent to Silicon Valley, viewers are left in doubt as to her future with Cardiff going into the season finale.
Meanwhile, Donna might be the show’s most compelling character as the season winds down. After following Gordon to Vegas and rekindling their marriage, Donna is now reeling after the revelation that Hunt played her and she and Gordon are on the rocks once again. A video preview of the finale, “1984,” shows Donna back at Texas Instruments frustrated as she tries to explain her erratic behavior.
Catch the season finale of “Halt and Catch Fire” on Sunday, August 3 at 10pm EDT on AMC. What do you think will happen in “1984”? Tweet your thoughts to @Ja9GarofaloTV