If you’re not watching Mr. Robot, I humbly suggest that you start. It’s a TV series (currently airing on Showcase) about an introverted computer programmer who moonlights as a vigilante hacker. It’s riveting, edgy and thought-provoking. There isn’t a character appearing on screen who doesn’t interest or intrigue me.
I was originally drawn to the TV show because I’ve been a Christian Slater fan ever since Heathers (what can I say; I’m kind of partial to the name). Since he was the only actor I recognized, I didn’t expect to like it so much. But I immediately felt a bond to the main character, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek). Regardless of the age difference, the disparity in IQ and gender, I see a lot of myself in this socially awkward computer programmer. He has mental health issues; he often doesn’t know what to say; people in general are a mystery to him. Oh yeah, I can relate.
It realistically portrays computer hackers. They can’t hack a person unless they know personal things about them. And if they are not personally acquainted, then the hacker must obtain the information needed through illegal methods, like breaking and entering or stalking. I’m a sucker for voice over, so I really appreciate Elliot’s running commentary – it also works perfectly as a device that allows the viewer inside his head. In my opinion, the two elements that absolutely make this television show so edgy are the setting (New York City) and the music score (Mac Quayle).
I watch it when it airs in its regular time slot on Friday; then I watch the Friday encore presentation; and then I watch a repeat airing on Sunday afternoon – something I haven’t done since the first five seasons of Mad Men. It might seem excessive to watch each episode three times, but the program is spellbinding. I want to know what happens to these people, especially Elliot and Mr. Robot and I want to make sure I don’t miss anything.