Review: Mr. Robot Season 1

Mr RobotBy Richard “Chubtoad” Sheldon

Mr. Robot season 1 has ended and I can’t wait for season 2! Full disclosure, I came late to the party as I was not fully aware of this show until after it started. After the first couple of episodes hit the air, I had many people telling me I have to watch this show. The first few episodes were airing while I was in the middle of a major move, so it was not until the first five episodes were out that I was able to take time to watch.

I binge watched the first five episodes, but I must say, I was sucked in and along for the ride within the first five minutes of the first episode. That first five minutes where Elliot (Rami Malek) identifies us, the viewing audience, a figment of his imagination, all while taking down a child pornography ring is brilliant. Those first few scenes set the tone for the entire show. The theme to this show is paranoia.

In recent times we have seen the big corporations pretty much run the world. We have had government scandals like Edward Snowden and major hacks like the recent Ashley Madison in the news lately. That gets to the heart of the plot of Mr. Robot. Elliot is a young cybersecurity specialist working for a security firm. In his free time he is a hacking vigilante, doing good where he sees wrong. As stated, we see him take down a child pornography ring. We also see him hack and take down the cheating boyfriend of his therapist whom he has a crush on.

The E corporation or “Evil Corp” as Elliot calls it, is a huge world conglomerate that has its hands in many areas of the world governments and private sectors. This also happens to be the corporation that ignored safety years back that led to the death of Elliot’s father. Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) tracks Elliot down and convinces him to set up a hack that would not only take down Evil Corp, but erase all the world’s debt. Basically rebooting the world economy and starting fresh. Along the way we meet others that are part of Mr. Robot’s cause.

Mr. Robot, produced by the USA channel, is a grown-up and bleakly pessimistic drama that has premium quality the likes of Breaking Bad or Walking Dead. It is a thriller, action drama with comedic, but serious undertones. There are twists and turns that have you guessing all through each episode. There are major reveals that happen during the back half of the season that will have your head spinning! Don’t worry if you aren’t a technical person. There is tech speak all through the show, but it is presented in a way that the general audience will understand. And hey! We should understand it since we are Elliot’s imaginary companion. As Mr. Robot points out, the world is ran on technology. Take down that technology and give the power back to the people.

The series, created by Sam Esmail is a must see! Rami Malek is brilliant in this role. Christian Slater deliver like he has never before. Playing Elliot. Malek is wide-eyed and shifty. His paranoia is thrust onto the viewer to the point we are not sure who to trust. The character of Elliot is so complex that it gives him almost a disturbing quality, but you can’t help but root for him.

I highly recommend this series. I give season 1 a 4.5 stars out of 5. If you have not watched this show, I think you should find it and watch it right away. It is a smart program that entertains and awakens the digital-age paranoia in us all.

Richard “Chubtoad” Sheldon is a nerd that is featured on the HHWLOD.com and taylornetworkofpodcasts.com You can hear him of the Walking Dead TV podcast, the DCTV Podcast, The LOD Podcast and many more.

You can follow him on Twitter @chubtoad01 and Instagram @chubtoad01

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