TV Club: Halt And Catch Fire: “Working For The Clampdown”

“The men in the factory are old and cunning
You don’t owe nothing, so boy get running
It’s the best years of your life they want to steal.”
Joe Strummer/The Clash, “Clampdown”

It’s a testament to how good an actor Lee Pace is that Joe MacMillan’s journey in “Waiting For The Clampdown” is so affecting despite being as pre-programmed as Joe’s story has been from the start. Pace has always managed to make Joe interesting to watch, even when the script has Joe function as more plot machine than man, and there’s a lot of Joe the manipulator tonight, as he first convinces Jacob Wheeler to buy Mutiny, then convinces Cameron to sell Mutiny, then convinces Cameron not to sell Mutiny. Along the way, he also convinces Aleksa Palladino’s Sara to take him back and marry him, agrees to leave his job …

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