Halt and Catch Fire / Ep. 109: “Up Helly Aa” / Moments
I remember before 109 premiered, the official HACF Twitter account posted part of this montage as a teaser clip. I think AMC had released some promo stills of Cameron doing something with styrofoam and red spray paint, but it was hard to tell exactly what she was doing with them. And the teaser clip, sure enough, cut off just as the camera was about to pull away to reveal the spray-painted message.
Add in Joe methodically wrapping the hotel room in plastic, and how was someone not going to tune in after that? I wonder how many more viewers 109 would have gotten if AMC had run that teaser during commercial breaks, along with the tagline “Tune in on Sunday night to find out what the fuck these two are up to.” (Or, you know, some variation of that.)
Anyway, what’s really brilliant about this montage is that we see both Cameron and Joe outside of the roles they usually play. Cameron is a programmer, but here she’s basically doing sales — it’s up to her to sell the Giant in such an intriguing way that the COMDEX audience will run up to Cardiff’s suite. Meanwhile, salesman/visionary Joe does the grunt work of engineering a makeshift anti-static workstation so Gordon and Donna can figure out what’s wrong with the malfunctioning Giant.
Character Trope Alphabet: B
LOL why did I like Paul so much?? Oh right, cus he was the least creepy of all the dudes.
You act excited, but you don’t feel anything—especially if you had a difficult childhood. You want to love them but you don’t. And the fact that you’re faking that feeling makes you wonder if your father had the same problem. Then one day they get older and do something and you feel that feeling that you were pretending to have. And it feels like your heart is going to explode.