Things Are Not What They Seem

April 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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“Power belongs to the people that take it.”

This could very well sum up what Elliot Alderson is trying to do. He wants to save the world from debt, corporate greed and consumerism by taking power from the “top 1% of the top 1%.” He wants to close the gap between rich and poor. He wants equal wealth distribution. He wants to protect the people he cares about from the social and economic ills of the world. And he does this one hack at a time.

And so this is the story of Elliot – the main character in the US hit TV show Mr. Robot. I’ve heard many good reviews about this show which debuted last year. I’m glad I finally watched the entire first season last week. Mr. Robot is now my instant favorite. I was hooked right from the start.

Mr. Robot poster

The writing in this show is exceptional and brilliant, and Elliot is such an interesting character. He works as a tech engineer in Allsafe Cybersecurity – a company that protects corporations from data breach and viruses. At least that’s what he does during the day. At night, he’s a hacker who hacks just about everybody – his friends, coworkers, clients, girlfriend, and even his psychiatrist.

To him, hacking these people is a way to find any dirt and wrongdoings they did and use that against them. In the case of his friends, he hacks them so he can protect them from the bad people. Elliot especially hates corporations who monopolize the market for their own greedy and selfish needs. His personal advocacy of ridding the world of greed and corruption leads him to team up with a mysterious man known only as “Mr. Robot.” This mysterious man is the leader of a secret hacker group called F Society – a group very much like the real-life Anonymous.

Mr-Robot_F-ckSociety

Although there were times when I couldn’t follow the dialogue because it’s all in techspeak, which only computer programmers and systems engineers could understand, I still enjoyed every episode immensely. What makes Mr. Robot interesting is that the story has many twists and turns, and the main characters are intriguing – from Elliot himself, to “Mr. Robot,” Tyrell and his wife Joanna, and of course the very mysterious White Rose who is the leader of another hacker group in China. Elliot is perfectly portrayed by Rami Malek. He delivers a fantastic performance in every episode. Christian Slater as “Mr. Robot” is just as good. I haven’t seen him in movies or TV for years and to see him again on screen is refreshing.

Elliot and Mr. Robot

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After watching the first season, I’m left with more questions than answers. I’m not sure what’s real and what’s not anymore. Things are not what they seem. That’s how good this show is. It makes you think. Just when you think you figured it out, it comes up with another surprise. To those looking for a new and different show to watch, Mr. Robot is a must-see.

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