An emotional series about revenge, psychological damage, corporate hate, and hacking, Mr. Robot combines intelligence with suspense to create one of the most well-done television shows of this decade. Mr. Robot is currently entering its third season, having finished the second season after a strong episode with a cliffhanger finale.
Rami Malek, the lead actor of the show, plays Elliot Alderson, a cyber-security technician who moonlights as a hacker. When Alderson finds a malevolent code that his other coworkers struggled with, he solved the error, while finding a message from “fsociety”, a hacker group whose main goal is to take down the “E Corporation” and start a revolution. In “fsociety”, Alderson ends up working with other hackers like Darlene (Carly Chaikin), a crass and boisterous woman with dark connections, and Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), the mysterious and sometimes violent leader of the organization. However, Elliot has also crossed paths with people like Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström), a high-ranking official for the “E Corporation” who took a liking to Alderson.
In season two, the show took a darker turn, focusing on the aftermath of the events that took place in the season one finale, and demonstrating the corporate side well. Mr. Robot took meaningful characters and sent them on a tremendous arc of development and turmoil, as seen in Mr. Robot’s struggle for dominance and Elliot’s attempts to fix the psychological trauma and mental disorders.
One of the things most fans like about the show is the dialogue. Mr. Robot is one of the few series with constant, powerful soliloquies and lines that cut into the soul of the viewer. People not only relate to the lines, but they can understand the gravity of what the speaker (mostly Elliot in this case) is saying. In addition, although existing within a fictional version of this world, the show does take current events and discusses them, typically in the cynical opinion of Elliot. In fact, Esmail “leaked” a page from the script on Twitter about the recent presidential election. This gives a feeling of pertinence to the words.
The show’s acting is almost flawless. The viewer can easily tell the strong shift of emotions within the actors, which can be especially difficult, given some of the plot twists of the series. Playing the role of a character with mental issues can sometimes be difficult, but Malek tackles the job with ease. He is definitely one of the better aspects of the show, as seen by his Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series.
However, Mr. Robot is teeming with unexpected plot twist, each new one surpassing the last in shock value which will definitely leave the viewer astounded. The fact that Esmail has been able to keep track of these twists and track the story logically, with incredibly detailed accounts, is extremely impressive.
A show that has garnered countless praise by critics and fans alike, Mr. Robot will attempt to improve on its past success when season three comes out in summer 2017.