“You’re gonna make me say it, aren’t you?”
“Like Dexter, but with hacking” would be selling this excellent new show short. True, there are similarities between the socially awkward serial killer and the paranoid, morphine-addicted wonderboy Elliot Alderson. But Mr. Robot is a much more self-aware and ambitious show. The big twists of the first season are nothing we haven’t seen before, and the show knows it. In fact, it knows it’s being watched and tells its stories as such, adding to the tension and paranoia in a brilliant way. I mean, Evil Corp, seriously?
Even though the show’s main plot is not all that unique, Mr. Robot is simply better at telling it. That is, for a large part, due to the sympathetic and engaging performance of lead actor Rami Malek. Plus, the show is bold in many other, exciting ways. It breaks the fourth wall like no other show can, as we as an audience are made part of the story. It almost makes you wonder if you are real or just a part of someone else’s tale… Which seems to be precisely what the show wants you to think about. If the show keeps up the quality in its second season, it might just turn into one of the all-time greatest.