Mr Robot

Mr. Robot is an American drama thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. It stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who has social anxiety disorder and clinical depression. Elliot is recruited by an anarchist known as “Mr. Robot”, played by Christian Slater, to join a group of hacktivists called “fsociety”. The group aims to destroy all debt records by encrypting the financial data of the largest conglomerate in the world, E Corp.

OK – so there is an ‘evil’ corporation E-Corp, and employees refer to their own company as ‘Evil-Corp’. This seems to break the first rule of being evil – you are the hero.

Dismissing this, the series starts with an interesting premise of Elliot as a gifted by flawed hacker. Along with his group, they intend to bring down the world’s biggest institution so all debts will be void. And for the first few episodes the plot proceeds on this basis.

Rami Malek (who played Freddy Mercury in the recent film) sells it as the dis-functional hacker. But then, in episode six it begins to feel not like a long story, but more episodic. Things seem to wrap up nicely at the end of the episode.

Then, in the next episode a major revelation changes Elliot’s relationship with Mr Robot. Suddenly the plot and intent seems to shift. Is this a thriller, or a family drama.

And what of Elliot’s reality/imagination dis-function. Is is real or is he trying to break the forth wall. In the end the series concludes with a terrorist act. Then some tacked on philosophy. It feels like the writers just got lost along the way, went for something different before returning to the main plot.

And the final scene was just so forced and preaching. Really detracted from the tone of the story. Somehow I won’t be bothering with the next series.

Rami Malek as Freddy Mercury