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QUICK REVIEW: Mr. Robot Season 1

30 Dec

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a super quick review and today I’ll be talking about Mr. Robot. Now this is a show that I’ve been hearing a lot about since the mid to late side of summer. First there was my fellow blogger, sidekickreviews thoughts on it, then there was my friend’s recommendation and after that there was the constant adverts on TV around 2 months back. So with all that in mind, I decided to watch it over the last 2-3 days and after finishing the first just a few hours ago I had to talk about it.

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Damn what a show. It is kind of hard for me to describe my views on this show, but obviously this is a review so I will try my best. 😀 With that in mind, Mr. Robot is probably the best new show I’ve seen in 2015 and is one of the most interesting and engaging shows I’ve seen in a while.

The show can be summarised as the following:

“This show follows Elliot Alderson, a young computer programmer who suffers from social anxiety disorder and forms connections through hacking. He’s recruited by a mysterious anarchist, who calls himself Mr. Robot.”

The one thing I can say about this show’s first season is that it is one hell of a ride. The first episode feels like it could be a movie in itself because of what’s transpired, what will happen later on and it’s sense of scope, it felt like part one in a trilogy, and I after that I wasn’t sure what else this show cold throw at me that could feel larger or crazy than that, but this show continued to excel. At first things start out in an intriguing, mysterious yet fascinating way, and while those elements still remained up until the end, as the season continued, things got dark, complicated and all sorts of messed up. The show highlights themes of power, vulnerability, loneliness, addiction, anxiety, and fiction vs reality among many others, and it is presented though these great personal, intimate or grand stories focused involving the main characters with good, bad and dire consequences. The show makes you question a lot of things, but in a good thought-provoking kind of way. At times things did get a little too crazy or melancholy for my liking, but overall I juts found this show fascinating to watch and several of the key revelations left me thinking after the episode ended. There’s probably a lot more to the show than how I’m describing it, though at the end of the day I’m just an average guy with an opinion so don’t hurt me if I don’t explain things in the most in-depth fashion, okay?

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But what are great stories without great performances? Thankfully this show has a wonderful cast to give these characters life. Firstly I have to talk about Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, wow, what a performance. Elliot is one of the most compelling characters I’ve seen in a long time, the fact that he’s so smart and is a hacker, but also has social anxiety disorder and other personal issues makes him one of the most unique and interesting protagonists I’ve come across on TV. He’s a little awkward, but he’s a functional human being, plus he’s cunning and ambitious, however he’s also fractured and troubled, and Malek killed it in those, he was so versatile with his awkwardness and emotions, but most times it was just his monologues that really grabbed my attention. Christian Slater also killed it as Mr. Robot, I loved this character because of his ambition, charisma, and off-the-wall actions, plus his interactions with Elliot were just fabulous. I haven’t seen Slater in many large projects these days, but it was great to see him in something that allowed him to use his acting skills in such a great way. I also enjoyed Portia Doubleday as Angela Moss, at first it felt like she was just around to be a personal attachment for Elliot, but her character progressed and got a lot of important screen time too. Frankie Shaw as Shayla Nico was one of my favourite characters as she had some funny and memorable moments, as did Martin Wallström as Tyrell Wellick, this guy started out pretty interestingly, then his story got a little uninteresting and then became interesting towards the end.I also really enjoyed the performances from Carly Chaikin also did very well as Darlene, Michel Gill as Gideon Goddard and Gloria Reuben as Krista Gordon as Elliot’s psychiatrist.

In conclusion Mr. Robot‘s first season was pretty damn awesome and I’m beyond curious to know what they’ll do with season 2. So much drama and chaos has already gone down, I just don’t know where things will go in future, but I’m down for it.

So have you seen the first season of Mr. Robot and if so what did you think of it? Leave you thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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4 responses to “QUICK REVIEW: Mr. Robot Season 1

  1. sidekickreviews

    December 30, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Hello there! Great to hear that you’ve caught up with this show. Mr. Robot. could probably be decent as a “hack of the week” type show but I’m really happy it didn’t go that route and turned out to be something much more complex and thought provoking. Malek is super talented and totally agree about his monologues. I’m not sure where they can take the story next season but I’m definitely down for the ride. Should be a wild one. Thanks for the shout out, cheers!

     
    • Hypersonic55

      December 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Totally hear you about the “hack of the week” potential pitfall that this show could have fallen into, but it was really smart and interesting as the story and characters progressed. The thing about this show is that I would have been cool with it just being the one season, however, there’s a lot of interesting directions the show could go in. Thanks for the comment and no problem man, I’ll comment on it soon. 😀

       
  2. Cosmoflips

    December 30, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Woah, you did it! Good stuff, man. I guess I’m “the friend”, haha! Glad to see you enjoyed it so much, we share a lot of the same opinions on the show, though I always enjoyed Tyrell whenever he was on screen. He’s my favourite character behind Elliot. You know we’re gonna be quoting Elliot’s monologues eventually! Bring on season two.

     
    • Hypersonic55

      January 5, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Yeah I finally got around to it and it was great just like everyone was saying it was. And yeah you are “the friend”, I wasn’t sure if you wanted to be referred to by name so I kept you annonymous. Tyrell was certainly an interesting character and I enjoyed seeing him go crazy and smash stuff and kill people, but sometimes I wasn’t too interested in the stuff he was dealing with. And mate once I learn some of those monologues I’ll be hollaring at ya. 😀

       

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