Halt and Catch Fire S2E7 - "Working for the Clampdown" Review

So Joe's proposed an acquisition of Mutiny and though Donna is willing to give the proposal some thought and consideration, Cameron's not willing to even consider it and makes a big scene of turning the employees of Mutiny against the idea and tearing up the offer of acquisition in front of them while they chant. We don't know whether she's doing this because she's just stubborn in wanting to hold onto the company or simply because of her personal grudges against Joe. Perhaps it's a combination of the two. But it doesn't take long for the employees to have second thoughts when they learn of how much of a pay raise they'd potentially be receiving. But it was a nice touch from the writers to give Cameron and many of the characters a reality check. While they were getting entirely swept up in their personal dramas over whether or not they should sell Mutiny (and likely lose personal relationships in the process), they're all summoned to the hospital where one of their employees was hospitalised after being assaulted by homophobic catfishes.

Donna learned the truth about Gordon's condition but the harshest truths from each of them have yet to be revealed. Joe and Cameron's interaction at the episode's end presents a stark contrast. Though they are no longer a romantic item, he is entirely truthful with her about what will happen if she sells the company and we then support her entirely as she tells all of her employees that she will not sell Mutiny. It feels like we can finally track some true progression and development for these characters, for better or worse, and we can only speculate as to what's to come for the remainder of the season.

Halt and Catch Fire airs on Sundays on AMC at 10PM.


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