What happens when you can access the dirty little secrets of everyone around you? What lies they tell. What kind of porn they watch. What they’ve stolen. Now what if you can access the even bigger, darker, secrets of Corporate America and the U.S. Government?
What do you do? Who do you trust? And more importantly, who do you you become?
Mr. Robot is a new series on the USA Network that answers some of those questions.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) is a computer programmer who struggles with extreme paranoia and anxiety. To quiet the voices in his head, Elliot snorts lines of morphine and disappears into cyberspace. Due to this disorder, he has trouble with “normal” human contact and interaction so he hacks the computers and smartphones of the people around him as a way of connecting with them!
He also believes that at any given time he is being followed by the most powerful corporation in the world, E. Corp, which he and his co-workers nicknamed, “Evil Corp!” Which, judging by the logo is play on a company like Enron.
Elliot believes that Evil Corp and companies like them are responsible for all of the world’s problems! That they are soulless machines who have no problems destroying the planet and lives in order to keep their bank accounts stacked! But the reason he really hates them is that he also believes they are responsible for the death of his father! He fantasizes about taking them down, but the only problem is… Evil Corp is his employers largest client! And Elliot’s job is maintaining cyber security for them.
But after an attack on their network, Elliot is contacted by a mystery man who only goes by Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), who tells Elliot that he knows who he is and he wants his help in the revolution that he is planning with a group of other hactivist that he leads known as “F-Society” (Fuck Society, get it?)! Who, judging by their mask in the pic below, are play on the real life hacker group known as Anonymous! And their number one target? Evil Corp of course!
After a lot of convincing, Elliot excepts Mr. Robot’s offer! And thus, the mission begin!
HERE ARE THE REASONS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING THIS SHOW:
1. INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES
Rami Malek was made for this role! His portrayal of Elliot is so “beautifully manic” at times, that he actually makes you wonder if what you had seen on the screen just a seconds ago was real or not! But on the other hand, he is funny, snarky, and sympathetic, while still playing guarded!
Also, big surprise return of Christian Slater! As Mr. Robot he is a complete wildcard! At times he’s cool, sharp, and extremely likable, then in a flash he is unstable and very dangerous! This is the comeback from Christian Slater we’ve been waiting for, and he delivers it in spades! In fact, it might be his best role since Heathers!
But it shouldn’t go without saying that everybody in this show deserves a nod! Portia Doubleday who plays Elliot’s childhood friend Angela. Michael Gill who plays Elliot’ss honest and kind-hearted boss, Gideon Goddard! But I especially want to give special recognition to Martin Wallstrom who plays the overly ambitious and ruthless Tyrell Wellick, Evil Corps promising CTO (Chief Technical Officer) on the rise. He’s a sociopath who’s prepared to do whatever he has to make it to the top of the food chain! And Wallstrom plays him with such commitment it’s frightening!
2. BALLSY PLOT
There are a ton a huge surprises in the show! But with that said, they don’t go out of their way to build every episode to just hit those beats! There is character development in this show that earns those surprises! This show isn’t afraid to tell you exactly what they are trying to convey. It’s show about the evils of corporate greed, the pacification of society through sensory overload and escapism, and the disconnection of human interaction because of the internet!
It makes you question your own social awareness! Are you addicted to your smartphone? Do you have the compassion you once had for your fellow man? How important is Capitalism vs. the welfare of the planet, or people? Mr. Robot raises these questions, while at the same time doesn’t beat you over the head with its message!
3. EXCITING AS HELL
What I dig about Mr. Robot is, there is nothing predictable about it! You really have no idea where the show is going from episode to episode, till you get there. And every episode has at least one “oh shit” moment where you just can’t believe they “went there!”
This is show where people die, and there are no cheats. There are real stakes, and that always makes the danger feel more real! Even the scenes where Elliot is having one of his mental breakdowns, there are still real issues happening around him, and they don’t always end up alright for him!
Mr. Robot is worthy of a binge watch, and you probably will! It hits the ground and running and doesn’t stop till the finale! There are no “throw away” episodes. Every one of them mean something that lead to a few surprises and later!
This is a show you do have to pay close attention to though. You can’t coast or you will miss something pretty important to the story! Just putting that out there!
My opinion, go to the USA Network online, and start watching while all 12 episodes are still up to stream!