Guys. Guys. My faith in t.v. shows is almost restored.
Like many people, I am obsessed with USA Network’s show, Mr. Robot.
Their words:Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackersto join their organization. Elliot’s task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running — and ruining — the world.
That little summary is just the basics of the show, which should already capture some attention. There are many, many blog posts on the awesomeness of Mr. Robot, so instead of trying to reiterate how great the show broadcasts the message of the current social paranoia of the digital age, the dissent, dissatisfaction and divide of the rich and the poor, I will just give 5 reasons why I fangirl over this. This is a fangirl site after all.
One does not need a film degree to see the beauty of the shots. The combo of the wide angle, over the shoulder and close up shots really add onto the paranoia and trapped feeling the characters and perhaps society in general is feeling. Definitely movie-level filming here.
2. Rami Malek (+ Christian Slater and cool actors)
Sure, he looks a little bug-eyed and on morphine during the majority of the show (his character not him I’m hoping), but I got such an instacrush on him it’s not even funny. The interviews I’ve seen of him aren’t helping either. Seriously, his interview with Christian Slater on The Nerdist is pretty sweet. He’s like a puppy. Also, the rest of the cast: Christian Slater (enough said) and all the other actors are phenomenal in their roles. Martin Wallstrom (Tyrell) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Tyrell’s wife, Joanna) are so amazingly disturbing.
From the current uneasiness of the ever growing divide between the rich and the poor, the social perspective of how the digital age is affecting us as a society and how we connect, or not connect with people, to the internal struggles and personalities of this diverse cast just keeps me coming back for more. Also the main character Elliot has severe anxiety and feels that he cannot connect with people. I too have severe anxiety and just started getting treatment for this so I can really relate to his motivations and actions on how he treats people he’s actually close too. I think it’s beautiful to see a show that’s representing so many current issues and treating it pretty damn well. Plus the fact that the main protagonist of the show is the one who has the mental illness is awesome.
A MC who has severe anxiety and morphine addiction, female characters who are flawed, but show both vulnerability and strength (actually this goes for all characters), and the haziness of who or what the villain of the show is/are….amaaaazing. Also let’s not forget the transgender female Whiterose and the creepy husband wife duo who like manipulating the crap out of people and into BDSM.
Kind of blends both #2 and #4, but can we talk about the diversity of the cast?! Leading actor is of Egyptian descent, Martin is from Sweden, the character hacker Trenton is a Muslim (hijab and all)….I was impressed with the ethnic and male and female diversity of this show.
If anything, people should watch this show just to see something not only different, but also something that shows facets of our society we kind of keep under the rug or at the very least don’t represent it correctly in media (well hello there 50 Shades). Mr. Robot not only rips the rug out, but shows that there’s no reason to sweep it in the first place. If this is how society is, show it. If we have to keep hiding things and keep pretending some issues don’t exist or people are making a big deal out of nothing, well then…..