everybodys got a water buffalo
stop stop right this instant what do you think youre doing
you cant say everyones got a water buffalo everyone does not have a water buffalo we’re going to get nasty letters saying wheres my water buffalo why dont i have a water buffalo and are you prepared to deal with that i dont think so stop being so silly
I am still not used to Dan Ryckert being in Giant Bomb videos instead of Game Informer. It’s like if Paul McCartney suddenly joined The Rolling Stones.
Whooooa there, buddy. I think you mean it’s like if Keith Richards suddenly joined the Beatles.
Halt and Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire was always going to be cool. That much was clear from the first TV ads, set to Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics. Come for the hot jams, stay for the manic-hacker-dream-punk! But early episodes had some major believability problems. The plot lines were just fine: all corporate espionage and refreshingly accurate engineering feats. It was those same super-cool characters that were the problem.
See, Cameron (the aforementioned dream punk) is introduced as an outcast, not to just the business world, but to her own generation. So why, just a couple episodes later, does she run into random punks on the street, accompany them to a party, and then realize she’s outgrown some of her punkiness? Meanwhile, Joe “hottie-with-a-mysteriously-scarred-body” McMillan is hitting baseballs inside his apartment whenever he gets a free, angsty moment.
For the first 3-4 episodes, these characters were actively fighting development. Cameron would be consistently rewarded for her deviance, and when she wasn’t, she’d entertain the audience with a sex scene. Joe would stack lies so high they defied gravity, and then never really reveal why he lied in the first place.
Which brings me to episode 6, Landfall, written by Zack Whedon (of the TV-Savior Whedons). Just as the coolness novelty was starting to wear thin, we are rewarded with legitimate human interaction. Cameron has a good idea! But she steps on people’s toes to get it done and feels guilty! Joe gets called out for his lies! And instead of moping in some alien fashion, he displays relatable insecurity! Whedon shows that all the pieces were in place, they just needed to be assembled properly.
Of course, for the entire run, Gordon has been a real, flawed human being, and Donna has been an absolute goddess in every way possible. If you haven’t been watching, I give you permission to start. If you have been, it no longer has to be a guilty pleasure.