Prove your humanity

A show like Mr. Robot will only come around a few times in our lifetime, and with the over-saturated market in television, it can be easy for gems like this to get lost. Upon completing all four seasons, however, I’ve concluded that Mr. Robot is a gem that should not be hidden. It now stands within my personal top three shows of all time and I’m beyond surprised that it hasn’t caught on and become a huge cult hit like Breaking Bad. Every personal review I’ve found about this show is so overly and passionately positive, that it baffles me how word of mouth hasn’t snowballed the show into the status it deserves.

Mr. Robot stands out amongst the mass of shows trying to be the new Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones with its complete uniqueness and fully devoted cast and crew—most notably lead Rami Malek (known for his Oscar winning role portraying Freddie Mercury) and creator Sam Esmail. Malek’s performance is nothing short of magnificent. We feel so connected to his scenes of struggle and pain, that when he cries, we cry too. He plays troubled computer hacker Elliot who, simply put, wants to take down the top 1% of the top 1%; individuals that have a huge amount of power and control over our everyday lives.

I’ve known about this show for a while and I always wanted to get around to it but I never expected such a grand-scale story. The characters, actions and choices have huge implications on a global level, making the stakes incredibly high. Despite all the terrorist attacks and life or death scenarios going on around our protagonist, it’s his personal struggles that really draw our focus. To describe Elliot’s conditions would be to spoil one of the many plot twists creator Esmail throws at us, but his troubled mental state drives the story and helps create an incredible character.

One of the many perks of this show is that is doesn’t overstay its welcome and the story isn’t dragged out across multiple seasons to please the TV overlords. The story ends when it feels right to do so with four perfect seasons, but as I binged it within a few weeks, it felt like one long masterpiece. The people behind the screen, particularly the writers and cinematographers, need to be showcased here. The originality and uniqueness of some particular episodes helps make this show so exciting, even when there’s no mass shootings or hostage situations. One such episode took the form of a ‘one shot’, where multiple long shots were filmed and edited to make the whole episode look like one continuous shot. In another episode, the characters don’t speak, and this was surprisingly one of the most intense episodes of the show.

Character interactions are so important and each character is so well written that we feel a personal connection towards each of them, making climactic scenes between multiple characters far more powerful. I would feel myself become so still; mesmerised and focused on scenes between two characters who were simply just talking about their personal viewpoints on the world.

I hope people continue to find this show and wonder why they hadn’t sooner, like myself. It’s the perfect time to watch it, now that the series is complete.

You can watch Mr. Robot on Foxtel, Binge, iTunes or Google Play.