Now, let me say this up front, I am a certified GEEK and NERD (I believe they’re two different and separate things!). Now, to the important stuff! USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” debuted last Wednesday night (the show airs on Wednesday’s at 9pm CST). I had never heard of the show up until the day it was supposed to premiere. I saw one promotional advertisement (read: commercial) for the show, and decided that since it followed my other favorite show, Suits, I figured, what the heck? Let’s give it a shot…
What ensued is one of the best TV shows that I’ve seen in quite a while that is centered around true nerdism and geekism. I don’t know if those are real words are not, but humor me. The show follows Elliot, who works as a cyber-security engineer for Evil Corp. There’s a company very similar to Evil Corp in our day and age, I’ll let you hypothesize what company it is, but once you catch a glimpse of the show and it’s premise, you’ll know without a second guess! Elliot also moonlights as a hacker by night. The show literally starts by Elliot sitting at a coffee spot to use the wifi, seeming to wait for someone. In walks a gentleman and all of the employees get to straightening things up and one of the baristas makes a special cup of coffee. The gentleman is the owner of 7 coffee spots that he has in different cities. Elliot waits for the gentleman to take care of business and sit down. He then begins giving the gentleman a rundown of everything that he’s been doing on the internet and it’s not good. The gentleman thinks that Elliot is trying to blackmail him, he’s not. Elliott just wanted him to know the things that he could do y simply hacking the coffee spot’s router and accessing potentially anyone who used the wifi’s information. In this day and age, what Elliott does is highly possible, the cyber-stalking, the hacking of anything on the internet and identity theft. The gentleman finally wants to give in, awaiting Elliott’s response to whatever he wants as far as blackmail, but Elliott decides otherwise. The authorities are on their way, with an “anonymous” tip that also happens to be time-stamped and sent from within the coffee shop’s wifi to boot.
After the opening scene, Elliot heads home. He does a few things he shouldn’t be doing, namely drugs. The next thing that happens, he heads to work like every normal red-blooded human being. He also visits his therapist, who is dealing with relationship issues. But the thing that separates Elliot from a normal person, is his ability to code and/or hack. He’s a computer genius. Elliott doesn’t like “big corporation”, but he knows it’s a necessary evil in the world today. The day goes by as normal. The night starts and Elliott does some spying, some more drugs and then he gets a phone call at 3:00am, “someone’s hacked Evil Corp, GET OVER HERE NOW!” He heads to the office, to find out that his friend (and probably love interest) and boss are awaiting him. He gets to work trying to “dial in” to no success. His boss tells him to follow him, they’re getting on a plane to where the site’s servers are located. Elliot fixes everything within the required amount of time and finds a file that shows who the hack was initiated by. The rest, you’ll have to catch yourself! CLICK HERE for the show’s website, the premiere is available FREE! The other wonderful thing about Mr. Robot, some of the characters use BlackBerry phones!
Mr. Robot cast:
Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson
Michael Gill as Gideon Goddard
Carly Chaikin as Darlene
Portia Doubleday as Angela Moss
Martin Wallstrom as Tyrell Wellick
Christian Slater as Mr. Robot
Ben Rappaport as Ollie Parker
Gloria Reuben as Krista Gordon
Frances Shaw as Shayla
Aaron Takahashi as Lloyd
Jeremy Holm as Man in Black
Sunita Mani as Trenton
MR. ROBOT follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world. The series also stars Portia Doubleday , Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallström.
MR. ROBOT is produced by Universal Cable Productions, this contemporary and culturally resonant drama is executive produced by Sam Esmail and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton.