I think this might just be my last review for new summer shows 2015 (even though there’s still Significant Mother coming in August) and I purposely waited the longest to talk about Mr. Robot. It took me forever to make up my mind about the show, but here we go. Mild Spoilers ahead!
Mr. Robot was created by Sam Esmail, who’s already proven his talent to me with the movie Comet. It’s a show about cyber security engineer and hacker Elliot who gets sucked into the world of the mysterious hacker group fsociety.
Elliot suffers from social anxiety disorder which makes his point of view very emotionally detached most of the time. While I usually am not too fond of such characters, it somehow works with him. In general, Elliott is pretty complex. He’s some sort of cyber-vigilante by night and quiet and socially awkward computer programmer by day. When he gets approached by Mr. Robot to join in on the destruction of E(vil) Corp, he hesitates, but soon it’s too late for him to get out. I like to watch him struggle and Rami Malek is exactly the right guy to portray Elliot. I also enjoy the way he often talks to us directly, which makes the show feel a lot more engaging.
As for the other characters, they sure are a bright bunch of individuals. We have almost “normal” people like Angela and Gideon, contrasted with characters you barely know anything about and therefore have a hard time understanding such as Mr. Robot and his team. I hope that we get to know more about each member as the story continues, because right now I can’t really connect with any of them and don’t necessarily feel like it’s a good thing that Elliot is helping them. One of the most notable people for me is Martin Wallström as Tyrell Wellick though. He just captures me with his performance, while his character also remains a total enigma to me!
Mr. Robot is, just like Comet, visually very intriguing. There is always a certain tension that comes with the positioning of the characters and it makes everything a lot more intense and interesting. From what I hear, the show has also done their research and portrays the IT business and hacker security issues fairly accurate – so, definitely plus points for that! Yet still, I cannot help but feel like the show is … just odd. It’s something I can’t quite put my finger on, but it always makes me feel strange. I can’t see it having a mass appeal, but it definitely has something! It is thrilling and intriguing and surprising – definitely worth a watch!
What are your thoughts?
P.S. You should totally check out the official page! The design is just so cool! Here’s the link: http://www.whoismrrobot.com/