Mr. Robot is one of the best new TV shows, not just of the summer, but among everything this Golden Age of TV has brought us. The following quotes are a nice spoiler-free introduction, but the articles they are from spoil everything we've seen so far, so fair warning.
Despite centering on an archetypal outsider (Rami Malek’s Elliot Alderson), Mr. Robot is an extraordinarily inclusive experience, typified by creator Sam Esmail’s transparency about its tele-cinematic influences. His USA Network hacker thriller seduces you with familiar tropes and touchstones from the oeuvres of Stanley Kubrick and David Fincher, among others, but keeps you watching and guessing with a wholly original parable for humanity’s greatest hopes and shortcomings. And within all that, there’s one fun little mystery in particular that fans and critics have been trying to decrypt:Spoiler:
Is Elliot in fact root-kit kingpin Mr. Robot? Or, at the very least, is Christian Slater’s personification of him Elliot’s own personal Tyler Durden?
The thread is a bit late in coming together, as the eighth episode has just aired, and there are just two more episodes left. But this is one where people will continue to talk and re-watch episodes. Season two is already green lighted, and the Sam Esmail has made clear that the real story just kicked into gear.
Esmail started writing "Mr. Robot" as a feature film, but turned it into a television show when the project got too long and unwieldy. And so for all the mold-breaking hacking scenes and drama we've seen so far, Season 1, in the showrunner's eyes, is basically exposition.
"I don’t even consider what we’re doing this season to be that huge. It was just the setup for the real story which really begins next season, which would have been Act 2 of our film," he said.
The USA web site has all episodes available to watch right now, so feel free to catch up and join the conversation.