Mr. Robot: A hacker show done right
Show | 60 min | Crime, Drama | USA | Sunday Nights
Follows a mysterious anarchist who recruits a young computer programmer (Malek) who suffers from an anti-social disorder and connects
to people by hacking them
Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin | See full cast and crew at
MR. ROBOT follows Elliot (Rami Malek, “The Pacific”), 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, “The Adderall Diaries”) 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 (“Her”), Carly Chaikin (“Suburgatory”) and Martin Wallström (“Simple Simon”).
Let me begin by saying, I feel that most hacker / computer based TV Shows end up skimping on Tech Consultants. Which is odd if you creating a show based on technology shouldn’t you have started with finding experts in that field. They throw a lot of networking and programing terminologies around, but mostly out of context and not something that would be employed in that situation.
With that said, I am rooting for Mr. Robot..
The USA network recently released its pilot on May 24th. I missed the original launch date, but fortunately I know iTunes normally offers pilot shows for free. I personally downloaded and watched the episode on my Apple Tv.
I will not give away any spoilers, but from a technology standpoint. I feel the terms and situation used in this episode were dead on and out of the gate, they're ahead of any other hacker / computer technology based TV Show.
Where only one episode in so I can’t really give a detailed option as of yet. This episode left me wanting to watch the next one, but my wife a non techie person almost fell asleep during the show.
My suggestion to anyone who knows what a DDos attack or what a kernel is will enjoy the fact that a TV Show is using these terms and other correctly. While if you Don’t know these terms you may wish to skip the show for now.