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Mr. Robot Review – Episode 1: Hello Friend
Security is a Myth
Mr. Robot follows a mysterious anarchist, who recruits a young computer programmer played Rami Malek, who suffers from an anti-social disorder and connects to people by hacking them. I saw the mysterious trailers on the USA network, which I was immediately I interested with the concept of a computer hacker but then again I am a sucker for any computer and tech shows like Halt and Catch Fire or Silicon Valley. (Check our review for Season 2 Halt and Catch Fire) But Mr. Robot had a totally different flavor and style.
I totally stumbled upon on the show by accident because I thought it would airing in the middle of summer but there it was on tv and Malek was in the middle of his speech,
“There’s a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world. I’m talking about the guys no one knows about. They guys who are invisible. The top 1% of the top 1%. The guys that play God without permission. And now I think they’re following me.”
I was totally intrigued plus I liked that fact that he was a bit of a schizo in a cool Memento kind a way. I also like that he’s a high functioning morphine addict. He gets his rocks off and still manages to hold a 9 to 5 job as a programmer at E Corp aka Evil Corp, the huge corporate conglomerate that has its hooks on everything in the business world. When he’s not getting high or trying to stay awake at his job, he’s a nighttime vigilante taking child pornographers or unfaithful husbands off the streets by blackmailing the sinners with evidence of their own evil doings.
MR. ROBOT — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Rami Malek as Elliot, Christian Slater as Mr. Robot — (Photo by: David Giesbrecht/USA Network)
Another reason to watch the show is for the great Christian Slater, who actually plays the mysterious Mr. Robot, who is the leader of this new underground hacker group called F Society. He’s great in every scene he’s in, which he brings comedic levity in a show that has a very serious tone. Another character that adds to the appeal to the show is the beautiful Portia Doubleday, who plays Angela Moss, Malek’s co-worker and love interest. Her character is kinda boring but her being hot makes up for it.
I would totally recommend this show because it’s show about the 99%. It’s David taking on Goliath, it’s Elliot taking on Evil Corp. You want to see the rich guys, who feed on the poor go down with the ship. But the cool thing about the show is that Rami is not your typical hero, he’s more of an anti-hero, which I l empathize with because I like characters who are torn between who they are and who they want to be. This show is more than coding, spreadsheets and business takeovers, its more alive than its title. The show has heart underneath its steel message of not trusting the system. It shows us that we should take more stock in ourselves and use less technology in our daily lives because it’s making us more vulnerable as all our information is out there for anywhere can view and steal. You can have the best security in the world, but if someone really wanted to steal your information, it would be relatively easy. Let’s face it, security is a myth.
Watch this show cause it’s entertaining and you might learn how to protect yourself better from being hacked having your personal information compromised. Next thing you know you’ll be in the market trying to pay for groceries but you can’t because your funds have been drained and someone changed your information into a 14-year old girl from Kansas buying thousands of dollars of cosmetics at Sephora and having an e-mail blast on the current updates of the Kardashians. If you’re not scared, you should be because this isn’t the Matrix and Neo is not coming to save you when your information gets stolen.
“Mr.Robot” is on every Wednesday at 10 p.m. on the USA Network
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Here’s a young Christian Slater Gleaming the Cube because life is meant to be lived on the edge, if you’re not close to the edge, then you are taking up too much space.
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