Updated: Jun 12
Mr. Robot is an American drama series created by Sam Esmail for the USA Network. The show focuses on Elliot Alderson (played by Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer recruited to join a group of hacktivists called "fsociety." Their goal - destroy all debt records by destroying the financial data of E Corp (which Elliot calls Evil Corp), the largest conglomerate in the world.
Throughout the show’s four seasons, Elliot moonlights as a cyber-vigilante. The first scene in S1 shows Elliot pulling a cyber Batman, smoothly exposing a person hosting pedophile content. He is also often shown trying to help individuals that are trapped in bad situations in life using his Neo-level hacking. While trying to help others, Elliot himself struggles with mental illness and staying in contact with his friends and family.
Season one debuted on USA Network on June 24, 2015, to modest ratings. The final season concluded on December 22, 2019. All four seasons of Mr. Robot are unique and the writers are able to juggle multiple storylines at once in a fascinating way. The series does a good job informing viewers of the safety risks illegal hacking and social media can cause. The writing on this show is sharp and the characters are layered with complex and multifaceted personalities.
I think the performances- especially from Rami Malek, Martin Wallström, and Stephanie Corneliussn are incredible and deserve endless awards. Mr. Robot has some of the most stunning cinematography ever seen on television, a big reason for the show’s success. The show has received numerous awards and critical acclaim while spawning a variety of video games and a novel tie-in called Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow, which follows the events of season 1.
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When sitting down to watch the show be aware that if you focus on just the hacking, it can seem very superficial. The protagonist’s grasp on reality is tenuous at best, which gives you a “Fight Club” vibe. When I first started watching the first season, I was surprised by how different it was in relation to the storylines, themes, and visual presentation.