I was very interested in seeing the show about a month or so back with the viral marketing they had going on then I saw this blurb for the free download on google play "Mr. Robot" follows a young programmer named Elliot who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides he can only connect to people by hacking them. Like a superhero, he wields his hacking powers as a weapon to protect the people he cares about from those who are trying to hurt them. Ultimately, Elliot finds himself at the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for, his alterego hacking exploits at night and an underworld hacking collective trying to recruit him to help bring down the one percent I got skeptical. I instantly saw it as a flick trying to make a socially inept guy hip & cool at the same time. which of course means their target audience are a bunch of socially inept guys who fantasize about being hip & cool. Sure enough that's what the show is but they were smart and actually made it work, I'm definitely hooked. though i'm not gonna sit here and act like it doesn't have its plot driven flaws, the most noticeable was the idea that the network security company the hero wo
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If you cant like this show, stick to tech manuals and Asimov novels. Flaws are a part of humanity and Elliot has plenty of them which is addressed from the very beginning. So, what is real and what is not.. that is all up to the mind of Elliot to conjure for you. This makes complaints of plot holes or technical issues inconsequential for the most part. The 'is it real or is it not' question keeps that from effecting the story. For example, the corporation of interest is called E Corp, but Elliot has trained his mind to hear and see it as Evil Corp whenever its mentioned or read by all Characters so that is the way we see it and hear it. That little twist mentioned early lets you know that what we experience through Elliot's perceptions when he is in the scene is entirely up to him and not third person. The bottom line is that this show's direction and writing is so far above the rest it deserves the title of 'Cinema'.. it is fine viewing and highly addictive. The acting, directing, soundscore.. just excellent. I suppose I could find some nitpicking stuff, but its not worth it and just petty in the overall production. Im not that guy.
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Ronel Kelmen (MathAppeal)
After watching 6 episodes of season 1 (and being disappointed that Parade Magazine spoiled a big reveal for me several weeks ago after seeing only 3 episodes), I conclude that Mr. Robot is one of the all-time best TV shows I've ever seen. (Juxtapose this with another TV favorite, MASH.) Kudos to creator Sam Esmail for his insights into human nature! Mr. Robot's approach to society and its people is VERY DARK, but the show hits our human motivations spot-on. Aspects of each of us are embodied in one or more of the characters the series introduces us to. I relish seeing how those personality traits play out in these characters--sort of like watching an experiment on myself without having to suffer the consequences of participating. Although fictional, the series has facets that (1) are almost identical to reality, (2) exaggerate reality to make a point, or (3) portend and, in so doing, rally us to take action on, a future reality that we--like Mr. Robot's flawed protagonist--can at least attempt to prevent (and maybe go crazy trying to do so) while having to survive as best we can within it. I don't promise you'll enjoy Mr. Robot, but you won't be unmoved!
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