Mr. Robot Series Premiere Review: USA Arrives With a Game-Breaking New Drama

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The original draft of this review started off with a boring paragraph about how Mr. Robot might finally be the show to break USA Network away from its reputation of fluffy summer beach reads transformed into television series and turn it into a major TV player, but that would be burying the lede. The pilot episode of Mr. Robot, created by Sam Esmail, is worthy of all the praise it gets on its own, whether it's on USA Network, Nick Jr., the Playboy Channel, or HBO. If you haven't watched it (it's been available online for free for a month), this is an episode of television that needs to be sought out right now. 

The pilot episode introduced us to selective misanthrope and computer whiz Elliot Alderson, a cyber-security tech who worked for a firm that protected massive corporations from getting hacked by keyboard jockeys and other online miscreants. It took all of zero seconds for the voiceover that poured out of the episode's introductory black screen to get a grip on who Elliot was: he's the voice of the disgruntled many, an early churn in a sea of rising change against the widening gap between the wealthy and the rest of the 99.99 percent of the world. He also might be totally f'ing looney toons, crippled by social anxiety, schizophrenic paranoia, and a clinical case of the heebie-jeebies. He was the type of person you hear about (he might even be you), the quiet, unassuming cubicle squatter who throws on a hoodie to shut the rest of the world out, but may also be the most dangerous man in the room with the power to change society for good or bad.


What's for sure was that he's the most interesting part of Mr. Robot by far, the type of character who can anchor a series and let everything else that's good about it be the icing, cherries, sprinkles, and other confectionary delights. Mr. Robot may be dubbed a hacker drama, but it's really about a person who just so happened to be a hacker. It changed much of how hacking had been represented on television, redefining the stereotype of pastel-colored hair and piercings, underground techno raves, and pyramids of empty energy drink cans. And it's about f*cking time. It made hacking human. 

And Elliot is most certainly human, a broken one at that, simmering with rage but yearning to make a positive impact because he felt born into an unfair society. It's everyone else who were the robots. Facebook placates, the rich white guys make bucks off the backs of the poor, and celebrity heroes wear masks to cover up their abuses of power but they're still worshipped. It's all angry corner-of-the-room-ranting stuff, but for many—myself included—it's entirely relatable, and it left me nodding and nearly high-fiving my TV screen. Preach it, brother. 

It also left me wondering if everyone else who watched the pilot felt the same way. Did you smile when Elliot thought, "Fuck society"? Did you feel a surge of energy when he left his company, Allsafe, as Times Square lit up with images of his target being arrested, all the while Elliot thrillingly said, "It's happening, it's happening, it's happening, it's happening!"? Not everyone will agree with Elliot's viewpoint, but it's impossible not to hear him out, and it's what gives Mr. Robot a fun soapbox to stand on.

What made the pilot of Mr. Robot excellent, however, were the potentially dark and sympathetic sides of Elliot. Elliot used voiceover a lot (effectively, I might add), but there's a question of who he's talking to. Was it us? Was it himself? Was it some imaginary person he created in his mind as he suggested? He coped with loneliness (awww) by snorting morphine, careful not to ingest too much to build a tolerance, because that would screw up the entire point of morphine (this show does not over look details). He cried in a nook, sandwiched between his dresser and a wall, and flashed back to his f'd up family who weren't around to help him through these lonely times. He longed for his childhood friend Angela, who was dating that guy from Outsourced and didn't know he was cheating on her... but Elliot knew because he'd hacked the personal information of every person he knew in order to better understand them since he was so bad at face-to-face communication. In this particular case, he discovered Angela's boyfriend was more criminally a fan of George W. Bush, Maroon 5, Transformers 2, and Josh Groban. Run for the hills, Angela! 

You want to keep Elliot at arm's length, but you also can't deny that his method for knowing someone worked for him. The way he was able to liberate his therapist from an awful relationship was noble, but the methods he had to use to do that were harsh. He may be opening up people's eyes for an ultimately good cause, but sometimes that involves ripping off the Band-Aid. And turning people into this:

That's four paragraphs just on the main character and I haven't even gotten to the plot yet. Elliot met a mysterious man we'll call Mr. Robot (because that's what the badge on his jacket said), who hack-attacked Allsafe client Evil Corp as a test of Elliot's ideals. Mr. Robot, played by proven show-killer Christian Slater (My Own Worst Enemy, The ForgottenBreaking InMind Games), ran a small crew of hackers with one goal in mind: take down the mega-conglomerates who secretly rule society and enslave us all with debt and consumerism. And so Mr. Robot became a technologically updated tale of Robin Hood. 

There's just one thing. Do we even know if Mr. Robot actually exists? In addition to its idea of erasing debt and shoving a boot so far up the Man's ass he'd be able to tie our shoe through his mouth, Mr. Robot's similarities with the classic film Fight Club extended into the idea of the possibly hallucinating unreliable narrator with Mr. Robot the Tyler Durden to Elliot's "the Narrator," played by Ed Norton in the film. If you watched closely enough, no one else, even Mr. Robot's hacking pals, ever said a word to Mr. Robot, and Mr. Robot frequently entered the action when no one else was around. Is he a ghost? Is he a figment of Elliot's imagination? Is he the Id that Elliot needed to create to push him toward greatness? I love unreliable narrators and the P.O.V. of someone who might be crazy, and here in Mr. Robot it folded into everything else extremely well. I'll put the idea of Mr. Robot not actually existing on pause here to let the series play with that idea on its own, and because that revelation isn't what actually makes the show interesting. The first rule of Byte Club is you do not talk about Byte Club. 

None of the series' anti-establishment ranting, f*cking of society, and paranoid glances would work, though, without a capable actor to embody it all, and Rami Malek's engrossing performance in the pilot has put him permanently in my mental Rolodex. Malek's biggest assets are his giant eyes, which conveyed the wicked combination of sleeplessness, suffering soul, and sharpness that's tantamount to the character. His tired inflection on voiceover was also pitch perfect, as you could hear the exhaustion, unrest, and stifled passion in his voice. He's impossible to take your eyes off and his handling of the dialogue was so masterful, you might never remember that he played a dead pharaoh in the Night at the Museum film franchise. Watch this kid. 


Gosh, I need to spend a little time talking about the looks of Mr. Robot, too. It's atypical of what you usually see on USA Network, which is obsessed with sunshine and beaches. Mr. Robot has a dark and gritty look to match its tone, often presenting us as cogs in a machine as the camera snooped around subway cars. The shots of the conversation between Mr. Robot and Elliot on the ferris wheel with the crashing cars and towering revolutions over an abandoned amusement park were electric and symbolic of starting over. Even the typically boring hacking suspense came off great. But there were also moments of optimism, like when Elliot was eyeing the cabling on the roof of a tunneled walkway and feeling like he was part of something new and was following a righteous path. 

And that's also how I felt watching Mr. Robot: I was energized. Other shows have attempted to reach out to the portion of the population that's disgusted with how things are run, but few actually connected to those people in the right way, instead feeling like someone co-opting a sentiment rather than actually believing it. Mr. Robot felt like it actually believed in the idea of radical change, and when putting out a series that comments on society like this one does, that's the most important thing. Believe!  


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– There's a daring genius to flat-out naming the evil corporation in the show Evil Corp, as if the PR firm hired to brand it couldn't even deny the true nature of the company. (Edit: This was poorly worded and a brain fart on my end. Evil Corp is just the name it goes by in everyone's mind and in the show's presentation, even the Evil Corp employees.)

– Did you ever feel bored watching the pilot? The pacing was outstanding. I don't think there was one uninteresting scene in the hourlong (before commercials) episode. 

– "I understand what it's like to be different. I'm very different. I mean, I don't jerk off to little kids, but..."

– I have a good friend who works in cyber-security and he says that the show got most of the tech stuff right. 

– "I'm okay with things being awkward between us." 

– "Even though he's the head of technology guy at one of the biggest companies in the world, he owns a Blackberry." 

– Mr. Robot loves to show that rich white guys at the top of corporations are jerks, and the way Colby told his people to have Angela fired and then turned away from her while it was all going down while he admired the view outside was perfect. He's a few levels removed from the firing, and he doesn't even acknowledge her existence while its happening. What a jerk. 

– The introduction of Tyrell Wellick as an exec who used to be a tech just like Elliot was well done, and his appearance at the table in the final moments was great. Watch out for him!

– "What's a root kit?" "It's like a crazy serial rapist with a very big dick." 


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Mar 24, 2017
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Mar 09, 2017
Mr. Robot : Une très bonne série
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Feb 08, 2016

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Feb 08, 2016
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Sep 13, 2015
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Sep 08, 2015
Lets see, i dont even know where to begin:

  • main character is ugly, is unlikeable and does morphine to get high ?
  • has hot girls drooling over him even though he is socially douchy, thats sounds incredible.
  • Darlene is a nymphomaniac coder ? is that even possible. I dont think they ever met a real geek girl before.
I am too bored to even finish this review, in short this series sucks. Do not watch it ever.
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Jul 04, 2015
It feels like "Fight Club" and Occupy Wall Street had a non-violent baby. I don't know how this show got on tv, but I'm do glad it did.
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Jul 20, 2015
Also, The Matrix without the Matrix.
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Jul 03, 2015
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Jul 02, 2015
I guess it is just me but in the first episode, the guy is smoking pot, associating with a drug dealer and probably hooker and he is supposed to be a hero? Then in the second he is taking more drugs and waiting for his dealer/hooker to get him more. The only thing I am getting from this show is that people in I.T. have to take drugs to do what they do. I won't be watching anymore. Maybe I'll tune in after a few episodes to see if the show actually becomes something other than an illegal drug commercial (nice for all the kids out there too!).
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Jul 02, 2015
That kid stole every scene in Night at the Museum with those eye. I can't even handle the idea of him in a regular season drama. Can't wait to start watching!
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Jul 02, 2015
I don't remember a pilot episode of any show being this good! Im excited to see where this goes...
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Jul 01, 2015
WOW. this was a million times better than I thought it would be. I was sucked in immediately and was never bored once. A lot of the hacker terminology confused me a little, but even then it was easy to follow. I already love Elliott. I can relate to him in a lot of ways (minus the hacker part of course). Also loved the narration, such great writing. The acting was A+, Rami Malek especially. Cool to finally see him in a starring role as opposed to supporting. Here's to hoping the rest of the show is just as great as the pilot.
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Jul 01, 2015
Tim...You are my favorite TV.com writer (all of them are great though) and I hope you continue with your recaps/reviews of "Mr. Robot" along with "Deutschland 83" as they are probably the 2 best TV shows that currently airing. Keep 'em coming!
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Jun 30, 2015
At first when I saw the pilot was just over an hour, I cringed a little. Sense8 was that long and I swear I thought that convoluted mess of plot and character would never end. But Mr Robot was well paced from beginning to end, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The unreliable narrator bit and VO worked extremely well here because they didn't shy away from showing that Elliot has extreme emotional and psychological issues. I'm leaning toward Mr Robot being a delusion right now, which is interesting. I've never seen Fight Club so I can't make the comparison others are. Either way, this rocketed to the top of my Must See TV list.
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Jun 28, 2015
Hey, Tim. The name of the corporation isn't actually Evil Corp, it's E-Corp. Elliot says early on that he's conditioned now to see and hear "Evil Corp" whenever its name comes up, and from that point on in the show, the viewers also only see and hear it referred to as "Evil Corp." It fits in with your unreliable narrator theory above; I'm surprised you didn't notice it.
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Jun 29, 2015
Yeah that's my bad, I had it in my notes and forgot about it when I wrote it out. I knew something was up with it. I'll fix it. Thanks
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Jun 30, 2015
I live to serve, sir.
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Jun 28, 2015
A Beautiful Mind + Dexter. Instead of blood samples, he collects DVDs.

It was fantastic.
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Jun 28, 2015
one little detail I noticed while flipping channels onto the ep during a Saturday night rerun:
In the scene where Elliot & Mr Robot are talking on the subway car & Elliot squeezes past the closing door, there's a reflection of a person in the window on the side where Elliot was sitting...it's not clear enough to make out who it is, but it's clear enough to make out that the person didn't have a hood over his head & it's not an accidental glimpse of a crew member.

I'm usually good at paying attention to small details as I'm watchin' stuff, & on my second viewing this past Thursday specifically to catch the little things, I still missed this little detail.

Well done, Show.
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Jun 28, 2015
Absolutely loved it, can't wait for the next ep!
Really good in so many ways...
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Jun 27, 2015
Saw it yesterday and was enjoying it a lot.... Then it hit me... Am I watching Fight Club?
I mean it's practically the exact same plot. Criticism of consumerism, wiping everyone's debts by destroying some corporation to get them out of the world that enslaves them without them even knowing.

One could even argue Christian Slater's character doesn't exist and is only in Elliot's head (Tyler Durden). The place where they meet abandoned and he is running the fsociety thing whithout knowing. The girl we meet there also had this whole Marla thing going on.

We see the world from Elliot's perspective the whole time, this is pointed out by the fact that after a while everyone starts calling E corporation "Evil Corp" and he even sees it with that name in an ad in the subway. So we actually know not everything that is shown is real. It's made pretty obvious too by Elliot who is always questioning the reality of what he is seeing. This could have been more subtle.
The narration is very similar too even if the main characters are somewhat different with Elliot having actually some power to do stuff but it only makes him more likely to be running everything.
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Jun 27, 2015
I expected less from this with a name like mr. robot.. But hey who's prejudice now? This series hits spot on if you're in to technology with a more realistic twist to it than for example Person of Interest. Anyway dont let the name fool you this show has got all the tech you would want and more!!!!!
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Jun 27, 2015
I loved the fact that that we watch and hear everything through the eyes and ears of the protagonist. So when everyone says e-corp we hear evil corp and when he passes by a billboard the name of the movie is Villains for us. Im very excited about these series but im really worried about the fight club similarities... at first i thought they made it so similar to confuse us, to make us think that elliot-mr.robot is like brad pitt-edward norton, while in reality sth completely different is going on... but then i remembered the scene where elliot asks the rootkit girl where's your boss? and she's like cut the bullshit, give us access to sth.... this made me worry that the whole season is going to go down exactly like fight club which would be really disappointing :( fight club was awesome but now we know the twist...what do you think? is it possible that they would use the same twist that everyone knows about?
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Jun 26, 2015
Is it wrong that I only remember Rami Malek from Twilight lol...
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Jun 26, 2015
I liked everything except for Christian Slater's scenes. I find them boring and him a bit overrated, but maybe it's the way his character is written.

But the lead is awesome.
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Jun 26, 2015
If the theory is right that he's basically Brad Pitt...it would explain everything ... He did seem out of place lol
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Jun 26, 2015
Great show, great pilot. The pilot was movie quality and the minimal commercials helped too. Very interesting.
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Jun 26, 2015
I really liked this show, awesome pilot but my main reason for watching is simply Carly Chaikin, shes awesome!

Also on the Fight Club theory, her last scene with Elliot, almost pretty much confirms it, she was extremely friendly with him and she also tells him to cut the bullshit.

Glad is airing now since Ive been waiting for four weeks for a new episode.
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Jun 26, 2015
I loved it. It spoke to me in a similar way as you Tim. At the same time I thought it was crazy how these entrenched and synergized corporations can actually flaunt the truth in the media they produce for us to consume because they control too much of everything for it to even matter.

I remember when the people who talked like this were the nutty hippie like in Dharma and Greg or the disillusioned townie who was just bitter because his parents abandoned him a la that 70's show. I love that reality has entered the mainstream.
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Jun 26, 2015
It has been quite some time since a pilot has impressed me this much.
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Jun 26, 2015
"There's a daring genius to flat-out naming the evil corporation in the show Evil Corp"

Now correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the name of the corporation was "E Corp" and it was just our protagonist who mentally added "Evil" knowing. He does it so much that he just hears Evil Corp instead of E Corp and since the show is playing with consiousness etc I just rolled it into one of the ways the program shows us his perspective.
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Jun 27, 2015
Yes me too, was looking at the comments only to see if someone had said it already
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Jun 26, 2015
I just figured that was what everyone called it. I love that it's the Enron E.
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Jun 26, 2015
That was my take on it. I thought it was well done too. He made a statement about them being evil, and it seemed to follow past that statement. I wonder how much of what we see will be affected by his point of view. It's going to be interesting to watch to see how many other things get twisted around by his perspective.
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Jun 26, 2015
It reminded me of NLP. Now we're definitely in Elliott's head, believing what he believes or wants us to believe.
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Jun 26, 2015
I think he even said he'd programmed himself to see it that way
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Jun 26, 2015
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Jun 26, 2015
A comment at ArsTechnica pointed out: "So with all this anti evil corporation stuff, I assume our "hero" built his technological equipment by hand, forging it from raw metal ores?
Yup. And of course they talk about getting rid of all credit card debt and ruining the financial system which will destroy the high tech infrastructure they depend on (except of course in the delusional fantasy world of the economically illiterate writers who I guess believe some magic communist alternative will function well and yet still leave these hackers free to do what they wish, contrary to the real world history of communism).

They portray these people as powerful and evil, and yet somehow we are supposed to believe the CTO isn't capable of defending against a small piece of planted evidence. Shows like this tend to project that corporations are super-competent evil entities capable of secret conspiracies to run the world behind the scenes, while then turning around and portraying them subsequently as incompetent twits the "heroes" can easily take out.

In this world they need to waste time to fly an outside security consultant in on a private jet rather than having someone local despite vast sums of money being lost through not having someone nearby. Or at least a secure connection they can use remotely if its truly impossible to have someone close by. So much for supercompetent evil conspirators, these poorly considered shows don't have a logically consistent view of the capitalist they hate.
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Jun 26, 2015
That's the problem with discussions like this. People only see extremes.
If I argue against one extreme, unfettered capitalism in this case, I must, necessarily, be a proponent of the other extreme.
That communism doesn't work has been clearly demonstrated by two big experiments.
That free-market capitalism doesn't work either is in the process of being demonstrated. And it is going to get really ugly before it collapses.
In capitalism the right to succeed goes hand in hand with the right to fail. Government bail-outs are decidedly anti-capitalist. The concept of "too big to fail" is a fallacy.
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Jun 26, 2015
It's possible to have tech without huge, all-pervasive, multinational corporations and without having to hand smelt the metals oneself. You do need mining and factories and engineering, etc. but not necessarily this iteration (being called "late stage") of capitalism that we've got. I'm old enough to remember when CEO's salaries weren't at the obscene levels we see now, when the rich were taxed more, no one was playing the predatory lending game or the sell-your-debt along game and people could reasonably expect a stable job with benefits. The economy we had before legislation changed this landscape was just as capitalist -- but was a better place to live in in terms of finances and jobs for most N. Americans. Re CTO: being CTO of Evil Corp doesn't preclude being a tool, especially if you're mostly attending meetings and crafting strategy versus actually coding. While a powerful position that job is one that would usually offer the kind of anonymity that wouldn't have you losing sleep about being a target. Plus, the writers seem to be suggesting that he was taken down by Elliott from the outside and by his underling (whose hands on tech skills are still sharp) from the inside -- who released the info about the CTO's salary renegotiation.
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Jun 26, 2015
re: "but was a better place to live in in terms of finances and jobs for most N. Americans"

Wealth of all classes of Americans has improved, as has living standards due to the advance of technology. That is a silly myth that the data doesn't match spread around by those that wish to believe the worst (e.g. picking data that ignores various things like taxes&benefits&government transfers). e.g. see the work of Scott Winship (formerly of liberal Brookings, now at Manhattan Institute since he follows the data where it leads him even if his bosses don't like it). Unfortunately such stories often draw an audience since fear of the worst tends to draw more interest than boring reality or myth debunking, and draws votes for politicians that grandstand against such things. The regulatory state has grown steadily over the decades in terms of numbers of regulators and numbers of regulations.

The "predatory lending game" was driven by changes in regulations that pushed expansion of lending, an unintended consequence of laws®ulation which is often the case when laws are passed that are popular among those who don't think through the consequences since they don't understand economics or business. Unfortunately it takes learning about business&economics in detail rather than the sound bite coverage of the media to understand the changes that have occurred rather than the myths about them, but most people who dislike business&economics don't learn about a topic they dislike. People often fear or hate that which they don't understand, and many don't understand business.

I don't see as many rants against the salaries of actors or musicians, whose salaries have been driven up by the results they hope to get (even if sometimes they bomb despite past performance and weren't worth it). The salaries of CEOs have been shown to correlate with the size of companies which have grown as economies have grown (partly due to population growth) since their decisions impact what % the company grows at so their compensation is linked to that (even if boards can choose the wrong CEO, humans are fallible). Over time there has been a trend towards compensation based on performance. It is unfortunate that some folks don't focus on the fact that wealth overall has improved for everyone, even if some have gotten wealthier than others. Its unfortunate that some people can't get past their jealousy and would seemingly prefer everyone be worse off if it meant there was less disparity, which isn't rational.

re: "that job is one that would usually offer the kind of anonymity that wouldn't have you losing sleep about being a target"

Except to those who don't know much about business, the CTO of a large company isn't "anonymous". Someone like that can afford good lawyers and will be well connected, and to use a term that appeals to the simplistic world view of the anti-corporate set, "powerful", and able to fight being framed. They may not be more managerial than technical, but they got to that point since they can hire good technical folks that can e.g. fight the evidence planted to try to frame someone.
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Jun 29, 2015
Once again you blather on about economics on a TV site. As well as being rude it is pointless since no one ever convinced anyone of anything on a blog thread.
This is evidenced by your ad hominem about my anti-intellectualism when I read economics and politics at university, well before the unthinking, rote & didactic style of the Chicago school that your neoliberal rantings evoke.
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Jul 01, 2015
It was the simplistic comment claiming "same tired old Ayn Rand cliches just about any one of us could refute" that implied the "same old tired" anti-intellectual rants common around the net. Studies show most people are economically illiterate so it is a reasonable default conclusion. You posted an unsubstantiated boast which is common among those poorly informed about economics&business who think the topics are simple.

Even those who know something about economics tend to not know much about things like public choice economics which explain theories of government failure and undermine many of the supposed "refutations" that people try of classical liberal/libertarian views (or regulatory capture theory and other related fields), and tend these days to not get a complete enough dose of the ideas of folks like Hayek and Friedman vs. usually at the undergrad level often flawed versions even of misguided Keynsian thinking (many supposedly Keynesian policies, according to experts on Keynes, are nothing of the sort) and what are often strawman attacks on Austrian and Chicago economics and related ideas based on mischaracterizations of them.
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Jun 28, 2015
Re the CTO, anonymous, meaning -- not someone who is "famous." If you read up on business you may know his name but not necessarily know what he looks like -- for the most part (and I know and went to university with several of these people), he is someone who is living his (gated) life. He won't be mobbed at the airport or confronted on the street. Re lawyers, yes and he will likely fight the frame-job and the lawyers will keep him out of prison, but fighting it doesn't mean that he'll be able to retain his position while he does so.
I'm not going to enter the political debate, since I come here for the show, other than to say that I have an issue with inflated celebrity salaries, as well -- as far, as that goes, I'm an equal opportunity critic.
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Jun 28, 2015
You realise this is a thread on a TV website? You say nothing about the show in your post preferring instead to rehash the same tired old Ayn Rand cliches just about any one of us could refute if we were as rude as you and used a TV site as a political soap box. Go and crawl back under ure rock of self delusion.
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Jun 28, 2015
I refer to the show in the post if you actually bother reading it. Your unsubstantiated assertion that you can refute what I posted is typical of anti-intellectual types that don't know much about economics or business but fall for emotionally appealing sound bites that they never question. They have the delusion that because they shop they know something about how the economy works, which isn't any more logical than the idea that using a computer would make you a computer scientist. Its like a little kid trying to tell a professor that this silly calculus thing someone told them makes no sense and pretending that their assertion based on a lack of understanding of the basics somehow made it reality, rather than a sigh of their ignorance.
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Jun 26, 2015
Sh*t! Good TV in the summer! I loved this show almost immediately. The music was excellent, even the Diamond! AND...the tech talk was REAL! Do you know how refreshing that was?! I mean, it was cool, and still accessible to laymen.
Thank you for a show that made me THINK!
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Jun 25, 2015
Duh, when we first saw it!
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Jun 25, 2015
Well if i have to nit pick. Who listens to Neil Diamond - If you go away any more.
Give me some contemporary depressing music. Like that song of Lera Lynn in True Detective.
Change will come to those who have no fear
But I’m not her, you never were the kind who kept a rulebook near
We were we like a pair of thieves, tumbled locks and broken codes
You cannot take that from me, my small reprieves your heart of gold
We were like a battlefield locked inside a holy war, your love is my due diligence
The only thing worth fighting for

Why isn't it on Itunes yet ?

Back to the show:


Evil always wins. That is good news.
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Jun 25, 2015
I like Christian Slater in this and I'm glad he hasn't completely cast off that "Oz-feel" he captured in the similar hackers show Breaking In. *Sigh* loved that show, so here's hoping he can catch a break in tv on this.
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Jun 26, 2015
I'l Allow it!
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Jun 26, 2015
Hah...Nice!
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Jun 25, 2015
Very very good , i'm in!
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Jun 25, 2015
So unexpectedly exceptional! So surprisingly interesting! Such a fresh and unique approach to a hacker’s mind and life! Such a smooth narrative and energetic pace!

Malek was such a delight! Slater is so devilish charming!

“Mr. Robot” is a powerful and dark techno-thriller. I’m definitely staying for more!
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Jun 25, 2015
Its better than I expected.
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Jun 25, 2015
Last time I was impressed by anything on the USA Network, The 4400 was still on the air.

I'm onboard w/ this show 100%
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Jun 25, 2015
Completely forgot that it started last night. I need to find a place to watch this, now! :)
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Jun 25, 2015
yeah yeah Tim, but did you love it? Haha. @TimSpot
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Jun 25, 2015
I've said so in the previous thread and I'll say it again. I LOVED IT!!
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Jun 25, 2015
I am still watching the episode and thus this won't be a comment on the episode, but there is one thing that just grates . . .

Either the writers are . . . they are doing it on purpose, but bonsoir is hello AFTER 20:00 (8 PM in the USA), while bonjour is hello during the daytime hours. Anyone who watches Hannibal or took high school French should know this fact. Otherwise to the point in the boardroom with bonsoir, it is a very interesting show; well worth continuing to watch (especially considering we now know it will be around longer than just season 1).

Maybe USA will pick up Hannibal . . .
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Jun 25, 2015
I know next to squat about French, but it's obvious to me the writers are doing it on purpose. Just sayin' but if it were me, instead of fixating on the choice of not using the proper greeting, I'd find it far more grating that the greeting that the character did use was mispronounced twice.

The fact that those flaws were established on screen twice will have some sort of impact on the plot in some way down the road. Time is a valuable resource on TV & in a well written show, everything that doesn't get cut has a specific reason for being onscreen.
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Jun 26, 2015
I see your point. IMHO, he is a member of fsocitety! I came to this conclusion during their first meeting (well, right afterwards). And I considered your insight on it being say a code word members of the team use. (BTW, all three of their meetings clearly gave me the feeling he is part of the team, plus the goal would necessitate getting someone in both Senior management and on the board.)

YET, why use a term that out of place as to raise people's attentions, if it is a code word for the organization. There are lots of people who know the correct usage, especially at that level of an organization -- which would recruit the best and brightest.

The only way to know is to wait or as I like to say: "Only time will tell the tale."
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Jun 26, 2015
"IMHO, he is a member of fsocitety!"

I like that theory!

Bear with me while I give the long version on my thinking: At first, I assumed the reason people were ignoring the Slater character was because he was dressed as a homeless guy ('cause that's what most people do when they see a homeless guy) but during my 2nd viewing, I had Fight Club in mind & was paying closer attention to the little details...It makes sense if Slater proves to be imaginary & after Elliot's 1st contact w/ Wellick, I theorized he was imaginary as well; that maybe Slater & Wellick were representations of Elliot's internal battle with his own conscience...but I threw out that idea after the conference room meeting.

Now that you mention the possibility that Wellick is a member of fsociety, that makes some sense based on the line said by Eliiot's boss that went something like, "Somebody over there really likes us."

I'm rolling with your theory unless/until the storyline makes me think otherwise down the road :)
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Jun 25, 2015
Someone's probably already written this, but the giant corporation is actually named e-Corp. Elliott changes it in his head to Evil Corp and since we only perceive what he does that's what it is for us, too. As I said in my posts on the premiere when it was released earlier -- that's just one of the clues that what we're seeing isn't reality. Elliot isn't exactly a reliable narrator.
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Jun 25, 2015
I think that's actually the genius part, see, cause it's more relatable. It is just ANY company, any evil company and watching the show you can relate it to real life

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Jun 25, 2015
Also, the E in E Corp and Elliott = coincidence? Or is he also in charge of the 'top 1% of top 1%' conspiracy?
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Jun 26, 2015
Who knows with him? I'm just enjoying the ride. Now I regret watching the premiere early because now I have to wait even longer to get my next fix.
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Jun 25, 2015
Didn't know anything going into the pilot and just didn't change the channel after Suits. What a delight it was, especially for a pilot. I agree that Mr. Robot dude is probably not real. The conversation he had with that girl who called him a "dickhead" heavily implied she knew Elliot very well, and the scene didn't even make sense until you brought up Fight Club. Wouldn't mind if the show went in that direction, but hopefully they don't try to play it off as a big surprise. It should be revealed in episode 2 or 3 hopefully.
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Jun 25, 2015
it was awesome !!!!
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Jun 25, 2015
I loved it! I especially loved Elliot's running narration, and when he told us we were figments of his imagination I thought that was brilliant.

I hope the show continues to use Christian Slater in moderation. I don't hate him, but I'd rather the show continue to focus on Elliot.
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Jun 25, 2015
I don't hate Slater at all but there are some actors that can no longer inhabit characters -- Jack Nicholson, William Shatner -- when you see them it's like they're playing their public persona and Slater, although he's toned down for this, is one of those. So, a little bit goes a long way. And that seems to fit this enigmatic role, anyway.
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