Mr. Robot Look Back: eps1.0_hellofriend.mov

Thanks to Netflix and HBO there is a lot of money being thrown at the television industry these days. Budgets exceeding hundred million dollars per season, epic battles and gorgeous looking zombie polar bears and dragon. Sky doesn’t even seem to be the limit but just a mere first hurdle for the creative people in the industry. Because of that success there is an overload of TV shows and networks and companies that normally did little to nothing when it came to series are now joining the fun. National Geographic, the History Channel, Apple and Spotify are just to name a few. Everyone wants in!

That’s a good thing but oversaturation lurks around the corner. How many zombie shows does one need? I need none personally but that particular niche is a good example of where things are going with The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, iZombie and Z Nation to name but a few. Seems like overkill to me. You cannot show up at work to hear about the next great show a colleague is talking about. There is so much out there that it’s difficult to choose.

Unfortunately, despite the bar continuously being raised, there is still a lot of mediocrity out there. A lot of it is not that good and some of it is just plain bad. At a moment that I was a little jaded with the new offerings Mr. Robot came along. I don’t recall how I actually learned about the show but I remember being intrigued immediately. It sounded like something new which was a breath of fresh air in and of itself. After seeing the series premiere or rather, after the very first scene I was all in. With superb writing, great direction and a fantastic Rami Malek the show has everything it needs to become a classic. And I am happy to be along for the ride.

What happened

After notifying the police of a business owner who runs a child pornagraphy website Elliot gets called into work because the biggest client of the company he works for is facing a DDoS attack. Elliot and his boss Gideon head to one of the datacenters of Evil corp and he stops the attack. He finds a readme file left by the hacker group behind it asking for a dat file to be left there. Elliot does so. The leader of the group Mr. Robot, approaches Elliot on the subway and takes him to Coney Island to meet the rest of the group. They are called Fsociety. They plan to delete all debt records and Elliot agrees to help them by setting up E corp CTO Terry Colby.

At a meeting at Allsafe with E corp and the FBI Elliot hans the FBI information that will set up Colby. Later he gets picked up by a group of men and taken into a building where he is brought to Tyrell Wellick of E corp.

What I liked

Let’s start with that opening scene. Wow! What a way to start a series. It introduces the main character perfectly and also the tone of the show. And I love the music throughout the episode and the series overall. I am now rewatching the show with my girlfriend and after that scene she said that she was in.

Rami Malek is a very talented actor. He delivers great work showing Elliot’s loneliness, paranoia and lack of social skills. The premiere was an acting showcase. Masterfully done. I also like how we get introduced to the main story arc of season one and how we get introduced to Mr. Robot and Fsociety. We don’t know much after the premiere but we know enough to be intrigued. And there is something so awesome about Elliot hacking people and the consequences is has for those people. It might be illegal what he is doing but you’re rooting for him all the way. I liked the scenes with Krista too!

What I didn’t like

There was nothing for me to dislike about the season premiere of Mr. Robot. Other than Ollie Parker, Angela’s boyfriend but that was by design!

 

Observations

How long did it take you to realize that Ollie was a douche? It took me 2 seconds flat.

My girlfriend noted that it wasn’t very realistic for an Account Executive with such a lack of technical knowledge to be put on such a large account. Realistic or no, Colby didn’t need long to correct that mistake.

Hello Friend has a whopping 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. I guess I wasn’t the only one who loved the episode.

Sam Esmail has done a great job with Mr. Robot and it’s practically his first series? I am beyond jealous!

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