In hopes you haven’t been living under a rock, the new USA series Mr Robot came to a close last night. A show that was renewed only hours after the episode aired, has gained a huge following online thanks to its engaging and sometimes confusing story line.
Mr. Robot deals with what is known as hacktivism, and takes viewers into the world of Elliot Alderson a Robin Hood of sorts. But there is more to Elliot who seems to be working under the mysterious Mr. Robot in FSociety trying to take down E Corp or Evil Corp as he refers to it.
Though through all this Elliot our narrator constantly breaks the fourth wall, and we like him don’t know what’s real or fake. While we take the ride with Elliot, Evil Corp is seemingly controlling and taking down everything he loves.
With the finale yesterday, and learning everything from previous episodes we feel even more confused than Elliot does. So where are we going in season 2?
Without spoiling anything, it seems that Elliot has unraveled and we’re suddenly in a tail spin. So what’s going to happen in season? With how they have left us, it seems Evil Corp has more secrets than anything we thought and Elliot has a long uphill battle figuring out what happened in the three days leading up to the finale.
So why does this show work? I think it appeals to the grassroots society we live in, how many of us would want to erase all of our debt? How many of us would love to see an end of being controlled by corporations?
This show appeals to generation Y and taking down our society, and we live in a time where Anonymous has gone across our screens and their takedowns using their form of hacktivism for last 10 years.
Elliot who is an underdog of sorts, who shows what can happen when things go south becomes an anti-hero. Rami Malek (Night at the Museum & Need for Speed) plays Elliot, and his command of the character takes you into his dark and twisted world. Elliot represents the frustration many of us have in our own worlds, but are too afraid to even think of doing that.
Though the thing Malek brings to the character is his portrayal of mental illness, Elliot seems to have something wrong with him and as the episodes progress we find him unraveling. Malek commands the performance beautifully, and keeps you wanting more from him.
The rest of the cast specifically Mr Robot who is played by Christian Slater balances Malek’s own madness. Where Malek is almost emotionless in the character, Slater is an explosion of emotion and uncontrollable, but he provides the voice of reason for Malek throughout the season.
While I won’t reveal much else, and would suggest watching the series Mr. Robot returns in 2016 on USA. While episodes can be streamed through cable service providers and USA should be playing reruns of the episodes.