It's TV Tuesday! Each week, I write a review of a TV show that we are enjoying.
This week, I am highlighting a new show that premiered this summer, Mr. Robot. Although its first season is over, all of the episodes are still available free On Demand or on the USA Network website.
This is one of the few shows that my husband and I watched with our
21-year old college son this summer - he usually comes home once a week,
and the three of us enjoy watching favorite TV shows together (our
younger son doesn't have much interest in TV!)
Mr. Robot is a twisty and suspenseful show about computer hackers
and conspiracies. Elliot, played beautifully and cryptically by Rami
Malek, is a socially anxious computer programmer who works for a
computer security firm. His childhood friend Angela works alongside him
and is one of the few people that Elliot can comfortably interact with.
Elliot is contacted by a mysterious anarchist hacker organization,
headed by a man known only as Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater. Mr.
Robot wants Elliot to join his team, and although Elliot has some
misgivings and questions, he gets involved with them because he agrees
with their conspiracy goals - to bring down the ever-present E-Corp,
known by Elliot and throughout the show as Evil Corp. They represent all
the paranoia Elliot feels about the Big Brother-type world we live in,
and they are also responsible for the death of Elliot's father and
Angela's mother. Carly Chaikin, who we loved in Suburgatory, also
co-stars as one of the other hackers working for Mr. Robot. In each
episode, the plans to bring down Evil Corp progress, all while Elliot
tries to keep up appearances in his day job and maintain his friendship
with Angela. Through it all, we also see Elliot's weekly mandatory
meetings with a therapist, though we don't know why.
The show is filmed in a jerky, realistic way in New York City, almost as
if from a handheld camera. Elliot narrates the show in a voice-over in
which he talks directly to the audience. This approach and the
cinematography add to the jumpy, paranoid feel of the story. All in all,
it feels more like a movie than a typical TV show, and all three of us
have been hooked right from the start. We still have a couple of
episodes left to watch, so no spoilers, please! We've already been blown
away by some major plot twists that we never saw coming, and we can't
wait to see how the season ends.
If you've seen Mr. Robot, what did you think?
What are your favorite TV shows now?
Here's a short preview of Mr. Robot: