Unless you’re a computer guru, you’re probably not interested in coding or hacking. Maybe you’re not even sure what basic HTML is. Those skills might not be for you, but that’s okay. Instead, I can offer a promising TV recommendation that will either open your eyes to what technology can do or foster a swift career change to the tech field.
I’m talking about “Mr. Robot”, a show that forces its audience to rethink everything they’ve ever known about technology, power, and life. It’s darkly chilling and cinematically beautiful. The show is a masterpiece.
For those who have not yet heard of the show, here is the Rotten Tomatoes synopsis of season one:
“Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization. Elliot’s task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running — and ruining — the world.”
This sounds far fetched, and maybe even a little bit crazy, but every episode delivers realistic content that leaves the viewer questioning the true stability of the outside world. There are no special effects, superheroes, or explosions- just intelligent and wealthy human beings with excellent stories to tell. Stories so excellent in fact, Rotten Tomatoes rated the entire series a 98% and IMDb an 8.8/10. The Emmy Awards also just announced six nominations for the show. So if you don’t believe me, believe the numbers.
This synopsis, however intriguing it may sound, gives only a small indication of what the show is truly like. “Mr. Robot’s” charm comes from the unknown, that is, the unexpected twists and turns of the season. “Fight Club” served as a staple in show inspiration, which is telling all on its own for anyone familiar with the film. There is no possible way to explain the genius behind the story without unraveling every single secret; so instead, you’ll just have to watch.
Season two premiered last night, which means there’s still time to catch up on the first season. Check out http://www.usanetwork.com/mrrobot for everything you need to see and know about the show.
“Mr. Robot” airs every Wednesday at 10pm on USA. Happy hacking!