April 21, 2021

Mr. Robot, a weird but compelling TV show

If you want to feel really “of the moment,” check out Mr. Robot, a television series on USA Network. While not a show for every taste, this dramatic thriller allows you into the world of hackers and the cyber security companies that try to foil them.

The main character is Elliot Anderson who works both sides of the street by being a security engineer for Allsafe during the day and a hacker/cyber vigilante by night.  Mr. Robot. a social anarchist played by Christian Slater ropes Elliot into joining his band of hackers called “fsociety.” Their central mission is to take down E Corp which is one of Allsafe’s main clients. Quirky actor Rami Malek brilliantly plays morphine-user and social anxiety sufferer Elliott Anderson, as he tries to decide who is wearing the white hats and whether he wants to wear a white or a black one.

Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell is Scott Knowles, a candidate for CTO (chief technical officer) of E Corp. His main rival for the job is Tyrell Wellick played by Swedish actor, Martin Wallstrom who speaks well-nigh perfect English and is one of the creepiest villains on tv right now. Gloria Reuben is cast as Krista Gordon, Elliot’s psychiatrist.  Elliot’s friends include Darlene (Carly Chaikin), one of the “fsociety” hackers and Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday), his childhood friend and co-worker at Allsafe.

With its outlandish plots and surprising character connections, Mr. Robot is another guilty-pleasure tv series, but one could argue that this is a painless way to learn current computer-speak. I now recognize the words “rootkit,” ‘.dat file” and “honeypot.” Just don’t ask me to use them in a sentence.

You can catch episodes of Mr. Robot on Hulu, itunes or Amazon.

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