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Mr. Robot
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Hello Friend. "Hello Friend?" That's lame. Maybe I should give you a name.
Genre: Drama
Techno-Thriller
Psychological Thriller
Running Time: 40-65 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 24, 2015 - December 22, 2019
Network(s): USA Network
Created by: Sam Esmail
Distributed by: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Starring: Rami Malek
Christian Slater
Carly Chaikin
Portia Doubleday
Martin Wallström
Gloria Reuben
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 45


Mr. Robot is an American drama thriller television series created by Sam Esmail for USA Network. It was released on June 24th, 2015, and ended on December 22nd, 2019. The show received widespread acclaim and is considered one of the best shows of all time.

Premise

The series follows Elliot Alderson, a young man living in New York City, who works at the cybersecurity company Allsafe as a cybersecurity engineer. Constantly struggling with social anxiety, dissociative identity disorder, clinical depression, and drug abuse, Elliot's thought process seems heavily influenced by paranoia and delusion.

Why It Saves the World

  1. For starters, the main reason why Mr. Robot gained so much acclaim is because of its incredible and outstanding premise: A hacker who has MPD who wants to defeat a giant evil corporation in honor of his deceased father.
  2. Spectacular acting from the entire cast, especially Rami Malek and Christian Slater. It's thanks to this show that they managed to get numerous nominations and awards for Best Actors.
    1. Rami Malek probably gave the best performance of his entire career thanks to his accurate portrayal of a man (in this case, Elliot Alderson) with mental and social disorders and probably one of the greatest performances of all time.
  3. Even though Sam Esmail was the only director after season 1 (which led to him handling the entire show), he managed to give one of the most impressive directions in television history, and even with a low budget, he still managed to give incredible episodes. This is thanks to him using simple tricks that make the show look more cinematic, which contributes a lot to the cinematography.
  4. Speaking of the cinematography, it's outstanding thanks to the few tricks that make it more cinematic. Examples include
    • When the show turns a medium shot to a close-up, instead of moving the camera, Sam Esmail tells the actors to move to the camera.
  5. Speaking of the cast, it was great as they also fit the characters, especially Rami Malek, who has the best acting in the show.
  6. The show also accurately represents Modern Society and tackles serious topics such as child abuse, loneliness, and depression very well.
  7. Each season has its arc, which is not only great but also does an excellent job of connecting, so it doesn't feel disjointed.
    • Season 1 focuses on Elliot making the 5/9 hack after he "discovered" the fsociety.
    • Season 2 focuses on the rest of the group focusing on hacking the E Corp while Elliot was in prison and instead working for Ray.
    • Season 3 focuses on Stage Two, where the fsociety wanted to attack a building.
    • Season 4, the final season, focuses on Elliot trying to stop Whiterose and the Dark Army.
  8. The show has a lot of twisty moments, such as Elliot being revealed to be arrested in Season 2 or his father sexually harassing him when he was young in Season 4.
  9. Incredibly realistic hacking scenes.
  10. Excellent and memorable lines, such as:
    1. Hello Friend. "Hello Friend?" That's lame. Maybe I should give you a name.
    2. I wanted to save the world.
    3. Are you one or a zero?
    4. Control can sometimes be an illusion...
  11. Well-made deaths, with some of them heartbreaking.
  12. E-Corp (mostly referred to as Evil Corp) was a great antagonist company mainly since it hides the fact (technically, Terry Colby, the former CTO of E-Corp is responsible) that most of the workers died due to the toxic waste. It's also an accurate representation of greedy and evil corporations.
  13. The Dark Army is a great antagonist hacking group since they collaborated on the 5/9 hack with fsociety and later betrayed them.
  14. The iconic Ron and Elliot scene on Season 1.
  15. Season 4 (The Season Finale) was considered the best season as it gets deeper into Elliot's past while he, along with Darlene wanted to defeat the Dark Army. The season also successfully switched the premise from the hacking plot to focus on Elliot's emotions and relationships.
  16. "Hello, Elliot" is often considered one of the greatest finales of the entire show as it reveals that Elliot was one of the real Elliot's personalities, the Mastermind.

Reception

Mr. Robot received widespread critical acclaim from critics and audiences and is considered one of the best shows of all time. On Metacritic, it has an 80/100, indicating "generally favorable reviews", and the user score has a 9.1/10, indicating "universal acclaim". On Rotten Tomatoes, the critics and the audience score 94%. It won many awards such as the Golden Globe award.

Trivia

  • E-Corp was inspired by Enron, an infamous energy conglomerate that went bankrupt in 2001, after irregular and fraudulent accounting procedures, leaving thousands unemployed.
  • The 4th season was dedicated to the late Steve Golin, who died of Ewing sarcoma on April 21, 2019, at the age of 64.

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