No, this is not your 80’s song or some childhood toy. This is deeper than that. This is computers, technology, and people who are much, much smarter than you. USA Network’s Mr. Robot hit television screens everywhere last night, following being released on Youtube for people to watch ahead of time. I watched the first episode and I am hooked already. It’s like they have hacked into my brain and wired me to enjoy it. But that’s not all true. Hit the jump for more!
What exactly is Mr. Robot?
In MR. ROBOT, Elliot, a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night, is recruited by a mysterious underground group to destroy the firm he’s paid to protect. Elliot must decide how far he’ll go to expose the forces he believes are running (and ruining) the world.
Elliot, seen here, is one of those characters that at first, an audience would be wary of if you were to meet in real life. There is a sense of…well, “keep away” and “touch me and I will break you” that comes from the looks that Elliot gives. I think it’s the perfect casting and the acting talent that Malek brings to each scene. I was hooked right as the opening voice-over echoed in my mind. Every word that escapes his lips is one that you hang on to, because you cannot honestly tell if it is his projecting lies upon you, if you are actually seeing the truth within the character of Elliot. While this is only the first episode, I simply cannot wait to find out all the intricacies that the series has already introduced, as well as any that may come down the line.
Mr. Robot then adds on the creative talent of Christian Slater as the mysterious “Mr. Robot.” Who is the Robot and what exactly does he want? Well, viewers find out the want in the first episode (boy, it’s a doozy) but they do not find out exactly who he is. I can only assume that Slater’s identity surely will be saved for the episode driven story, though maybe not, as the show as already been renewed for Season 2.
I’m going to be honest with you. As far as the other characters introduced in the show go so far…well, none of them are as interesting as Elliot and Mr. Robot. Sure, Elliot’s coworkers add to his morality (sometimes) and sure, there is a possible love interest, but can’t this be a show that really does not need that? I hope that nothing comes of that. The one character that is interesting, and you find out is even more interesting, is Tyrell Wellick. The interesting thing about this character is that it seems as though he is the only one with the computer tech skills on the corporate side. If the description of the show told you anything, the corporate side is not the best to be in the long run of things.
There are so many things that I want to know that this first episode left me shaking my laptop screen for answers about, which can only go to show just how good this series is going to be. It has all the suspense of a proper psychological thriller, great casting, a pretty darn good script, and this difference in television that you really do not see on the small screens these days.
I give two thumbs way up, give it 4.5 stars, and definitely recommend that you check out Mr. Robot next week. That means you have to find episode #1 online somewhere. Use those computer skills!