Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 Episode 9 Review: Kali

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Cameron was really busy on Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 Episode 9.

From selling Extract and Defend to kissing Joe to sabotaging Westgroup to losing Tom, the genius programmer was at full force after the chaos on Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 Episode 8.

But will her efforts be worth it in the long run?

Gordon's Paranoia - Halt and Catch Fire

Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 is coming down to the wire, and it’s hard to believe the much-improved sophomore season is almost game over.

It’s interesting to pause and look back at where the season began to where it is now.

Mutiny seemed on the verge of becoming the next big thing, and while it did have plenty of great ideas and concepts, more recently, the company was struggling to survive.

Cameron chose to give up on the first-person shooter game she worked on with Tom to sell it, keeping Mutiny afloat. While it was cool to see that it might be on a Nintendo platform in the future, and that Tom was involved in that meeting without Cameron knowing, it was sad seeing her focus on the job and the company overrode both her relationship and the innovation.

I really liked Tom and Cameron, and he seemed to be able to inspire Cameron as well as make her happy. I’m not sure that relationship is going to survive anymore.

It was interesting to see Cameron try and talk with Joe, right before going in for the make out. But Joe refused to follow through, and it was even more clear that he’s a far different person than he was in Halt and Catch Fire Season 1.

Even Joe at the shareholders meeting explaining that the whole Westnet product was the idea of Cameron’s, not his, was another huge step for him.

But wow, did Cameron cause a massive blowup after she gave Joe that disk of what Mutiny “could have been.” Was that sort of like what Sonaris had done to Mutiny on Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 Episode 3?

I’m not sure a shareholders meeting could be more eventful and dramatic, but Cameron definitely brought the revenge. It also wasn’t surprising that the finger-pointing was aimed at Joe.

If Joe hadn’t stopped the kiss, would Cameron still have done what she did?

If anything, Joe’s relationship with Sara seems on major rocky ground. Things seemed to be going so well at the start of the hour for his relationship (and I loved how he went toe-to-toe with Jacob), but will Joe find himself all alone by the time the season is over?

Unfortunately, Gordon hasn’t had quite the same gripping storylines that the other characters have participated in, and I’ve been missing his interactions with the other core characters this season.

For the most part, Gordon was relegated to wandering around a parking garage.during the hour. But I also understood, especially with that tragic scene of his breakdown, that he needs help. The brain damage hasn’t gotten worse, but the psychological after-effects are doing a number on him.

At least he does have Donna there to help him, but I have a hard time seeing things getting better.

Only one episode left of Halt and Catch Fire Season 2, and I’m excited to see where everything ends up from the characters to the story. This has truly been a great season, and I’ve got a feeling the finale will only further emphasize that.

Were you shocked at what happened in the shareholders meeting? Is it over for Cameron and Tom? Sound off below! Plus, make sure to catch up before the season finale and watch Halt and Catch Fire online now.

NOTE: Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 Episode 10, “Heaven is a Place,” airs on Aug. 2 at 10 p.m.

Kali Review

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Sean McKenna was a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. He retired in May of 2017. Follow him on Twitter.

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Halt and Catch Fire Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

You're the boss bitch around here. Queen of the Nile. Sitting on a gold mine. People would be lucky you don't charge admission, you got me?


We're not friends, we're family. We'll see each other at Christmas, every other year. We'll nod to each other across the room, and after about 45 minutes of fake chit-chat and egg nog, I'll make an excuse, "We have to be somewhere. I'm so sorry." And when my children ask me who that tall gray stranger in the window is, I'll remind them, that's your grandpa.