A number—by which I mean two—of my entertainment periodicals recommended upcoming USA network series Mr. Robot. Since an ad-free version of the first episode is currently online legally and for free, TheBoy and I decided to check it out. The gist, in a nutshell: The slightly bug-eyed guy who played Ahkmenrah in the Night at the Museum movies is Elliot. Elliot works for a cybersecurity firm keeping corporate databases safe, including that of Apple/Monsanto/GE/Cargill stand-in E Corp (a.k.a. Evil Corp). He’s got a lot of anxiety, a leetle drug problem, and a surprising number of lady acquaintances (best friend, therapist, drug dealer).
However, as so many hackers of our day and age are, Elliot is conflicted. Why should corporations have all the power? Who stands at the intersection of technology, privacy, and free markets? Who watches the Watchmen? And so on. So while Elliot starts out using his hacking wizardry to keep tabs on those he’s interested in*, he’s eventually tempted to use it for evil. *cue maniacal laughter*
The black hats (OR ARE THEY?) are led by a Christian Slater-esque vagranty typed played by Christian Slater. Your mileage will vary, but I liked him. Other than his, y’know, raging against the machine and such.
I’m curious to see where this thing goes; the cinematography reminds me very much of the Thomas Anderson parts of The Matrix; all muted browns and greens. My technical advisor/husband informs me that the tech is pretty spot-on, if necessarily time-compressed for dramatic purposes. I’ll say that it sounded REALLY good to me, but I am just a business major.
In short, this is the show I was hoping Scorpion would be. Stay tuned.
*Generally, I would use the phrase “those he cares about.” But with on-the-spectrum characters such as these, I don’t want to infer emotion where it doesn’t exist. Can Elliot care about anyone? TBD. For now, I’ll stick with “interest.”