Having been up online and VOD for weeks and debuting on Wednesday night on USA Network, Mr. Robot is a dark dive into the heart of the modern connected world for the cabler. However, for all its intentions, as my video review above says, the hacker drama on the Comcast-owned channel never convinced me that its big ideas of fighting the man, the evil corporations and the prying eyes and ear of the state is anything more than sophomoric rhetoric and reactive buzzwords.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Sam Esmail-created Mr. Robot tracks high tech security engineer Eliot, played by Rami Malek, as he starts to focuses his socially awkward and slightly drug addled mindset and skills on snaring the likes of child pornographers in his spare time. That pastime turns to hunting bigger corporate game when he cautiously meets up with the charismatic Mr. Robot, portrayed by Christian Slater and his band of digital misfits. With notions of social justice, income inequality and a big conspiracy to rule the world the series has massive debts to 1999’s Fight Club flick and the first Matrix movie, both in look and feel. Even with solid ingredients like some Edward Snowden and some William Gibson in the mix, Mr. Robot, from what I’ve seen, is great to look at, fun to bite into, but not very substantial.
So take a look at my Mr. Robot review and tell us what you think. Will you be plugging in tomorrow night?