How Mr. Robot kept me glued to the screen

Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot

‘What series should I watch next?’ This question is so frequent, that I didn’t linger on it much more.

No problem, though. A quick Google search solves the dilemma in a few seconds – or so you think. While looking at countless recommendations, the tendency to postpone making a final decision increases. The trailer doesn’t quite convince you, or maybe the poster. What’s sure is that, in the end, all those hours dedicated to researching end up being useless. Or not. Right before giving up and definitively abandoning the infinite search, before my eyes appears the salvation. The universe sent me a wholesome sign: Mr. Robot.

It’s an American series divided into four seasons created by

USA Network and directed by Sam Esmail.

It falls under a drama and psychological thriller banner. The protagonist is Elliot (played by Rami Malek), a young man who lives in New York. During the day, he works at a computer cybernetic company. 

That’s where he doesn’t stand out in any way, in comparison to his coworkers.

Nothing abnormal so far.

His life is, however, more than that.

His adaptation issues, as well as psychological disorders (clinical depression, social anxiety, dissociative identity disorder) determined him to isolate himself from the rest of the world, behind the comfort and security of a screen. Basically, Elliot has no social life. That’s the thing that greatly contributed to his “nightly” activities. The young man, an undiscovered genius by his peers, uses his abilities to spy on many people present in his life – few, to be honest.

From the first episode, the plot presents a very interesting perspective.

It is focusing especially on the generating moment of the first season: the moment when Elliot is recruited by Mr. Robot, an anarchist and at the same time, leader of a hacktivist group – people who, through obscure use of computers and internet services, want to promote a certain political ideology or change of social order – later known nationally as fsociety. The biggest ambition of this clan is to destroy and crypt financial data of one “corporate monster”. It’s Corp, who, from the idealist perspective of the group, manipulates humankind on a global scale.

Once integrated, Elliot will be forced to commit different operations in collaborations with other members, more or less dangerous, like, for example, hacking into the FBI database.

What will Elliot get from this devilish game, apart from a continuous decay of his own being? The morphine abuse and unexpected loss of the only person whom he resonated at an emotional level will throw him immediately in the cliff of despair… Plus, the tormenting sentiment that someone is always following him, including paranoia and dementia generated by thought that tomorrow will knock him out forever.

To summarise, Mr. Robot has close calls that just hypnotise the viewer, literally and figuratively. There are lots of parts when Elliot is seen executing complex hacking operations. There are also lots of parts where he has interior monologues that leave the impression that the protagonist suffers from schizophrenia. 

Mr. Robot is one of the few series that managed to grab me completely, up until the last episode. I ended up, paradoxically, finishing the first season in a single day.

Without further irrelevant words: Have you seen Mr. Robot? If not, what are you waiting for




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