On May 31st, AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire began their second season in a surprising manner. The first season told the story of Cardiff Electric, which was forced into manufacturing a competitor to the IBM computers of the early 1980s. All of the things involved in the design, engineering, and marketing of a new computer served as a catalyst for the three main characters: Joe MacMillan (Lee Pace), the slick, manipulative Steve-Jobs-esque idea man, Gordon Clark (Scoot McNairy), the down-to-earth engineer-turned-businessman, and Cameron Howe (Mackenzie Davis), the young, rebellious, brash hacker and programmer who starts her own company creating multiplayer games in a world before the World Wide Web called Mutiny after leaving Cardiff near the end of the first season.

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