Halt And Catch Fire – Spalding Gray

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Bosworth: “Looks like you’re in a performance of your own, hah? More of a one man show kind of a thing?”

Joe: “Yeah, I’m a regular Spalding Gray…”

THIS is why HACF rules.

THIS is why it actually IS the ‘80s and doesn’t merely present a copy of a copy of a parody of a copy as most ‘80s period pieces do.

If you were there, as I was, this line fucking hit home like a punch to the plexus.

THANK YOU, WRITERS OF HACF FOR NOT BEING SHIT. 

THANK YOU FOR BEING REAL. 

It’s tiny details like this that all add up to make a TV show what it is. Cast badly, throw in tired cliches and you end up with HEY IT’S THE ‘80s and every motherfucker looking like Flock of Seagulls.

Have brilliant actors, wonderful costume and inspired set dressing coupled with writers who are obviously RAZOR FUCKING SHARP and you have Halt And Catch Fire. When Pace and Huss have the exchange above, in front of a ridiculous yuppie fishtank, it’s two fantastic actors just revelling in fucking with each other. It’s beautiful to behold. Most cinema doesn’t compare, let alone telly.

Thank you for re-affirming my faith, yet again, in TV as an art form and not visual wallpaper.