Elliot Alderson is a superhero. Well, he is an opiate-snorting, computer-hacking, dog-stealing, self-loathing, antisocial, suicidal kinda superhero. In the bleak New York City of MR. ROBOT, he is not the superhero we deserve but the superhero we need.
Beginning with the first ads, MR. ROBOT appealed to me. Even in the promos, you get the idea of what the show has to over including beautifully done cinematography, interesting characters, and storytelling that contrasts everything else on the small screen. It does have its big screen parallels, though.
For the first episodes, the link to the Matrix series is clear. Techie guy working in a cubical gets recruited for a mission that could change him (and the world) immensely. The show also shares similarities to the Matrix stemming from the negative connotation of corporate greed enacted by faceless men in black suits that meet in their champagne-soaked estates. . The visual comparisons of the cityscapes ring true as well.
As the series moves forward, it sparked memories of another groundbreaking film that left a lasting impression on me: Fight Club. The writers of MR. ROBOT don’t try too hard to cover the fact that something strange is going on with Elliot and Mr. Robot. Hell. Strange things are going on with Elliot and everyone that he comes in contact with. It is not long until you realize that people do not interact with each of them. It is either one or the other, not both. Say hello Tyler Durden.
TV show comparisons will mostly be unfair and inaccurate. The subject matter, production quality, and timeliness of MR. ROBOT is incomparable. LOST is probably the closest because you become thrown into the life of the characters while at the same time having no clue who they really are or what is really going on.
The characters themselves are truly engrossing. Elliot, Mr. Robot, Darlene, Angela, Tyrell, and even Tyrell’s wife are riveting and each one grabs your attention. There is no point where the view can relax or check your phone because each character, each scene, and each line demands our full attention.
From the beginning until the end, MR. ROBOT never felt forced, impulsive, or poorly-planned. You get the impression that the sequence of events is well-constructed with an arch for the season. Just when you think you have the pace of the show figured out, the season finale comes and changes everything. Suddenly, the arch that could have concluded in the finale exploded into an arch that could last 5 or 6 seasons. Oddly, enough the explosion was sounded by the beep of a cross-dressing Asian’s digital watch.
The acting is top-notch, the storytelling is uniquely captivating, the twists and turns are exciting without being unbelievable, and the show is perfectly fitting with the zeitgeist of 2015. If you haven’t been watching MR. ROBOT, then you have been doing yourself a disservice.
Consume.Review.Repeat. gives MR. ROBOT 9 hard drive microwaves out of 10.