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Mr. Robot: Season One

Score: 92%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Universal Studios Home

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 8 Hrs., 4 Mins.
Genre: Drama/Thriller/TV Series
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH


  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Mr. Robot: Season One is a very unusual series about a socially dysfunctional genius who is a computer engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. Elliot (Rami Malik) is an introverted programmer who has recently developed an imaginary friend - the viewer. He regularly talks to himself/the audience about the recent changes in his life, most specifically the fact that he believes he is being followed. He is a hacker by nature, but he uses his skills to protect those around him, including his court-appointed therapist Krista, his childhood friend Angela (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt) and those he sees as innocents. It's harmless enough and he feels he is helping.

He and Angela work for a cyber security company called Allsafe, whose biggest client is E Corp, which he "lovingly" refers to as Evil Corp, even if only with his inner voice. When Evil Corp is viciously attacked and Angela calls him in for help, he discovers a malevolent bit of software in their network, placed there by a group calling itself "fsociety" along with a read me doc asking him to leave it in place. When he does, his life changes in a huge way.

He realizes that a man he keeps seeing on the train, on the street, sometimes even talking to him, is truly trying to connect with him. This man, known only as Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), opens up an entire world to him in the form of fsociety and their dreams of destroying Evil Corp and, by doing so, eliminating any record of debt of the majority of people in the US, since E Corp is a huge financial conglomerate. The rest of the group include Darlene (Carly Chaikin), a brooding coding beauty who also associates with another hacker group called the Dark Army; Romero (Ron Cephas Jones), the group's voice of reason; Trenton (Sunita Mani), a female Irani code genius; and Mobley (Azhar Khan), the all-around nice guy of the group. What Elliot brings to the table is the tempering of Mr. Robot's radical ideas. When he wants to blow up a fuel plant near Steel Mountain to destroy Evil Corp's data, Elliot will find a way to do it without harming anyone. As fsociety begins chipping away at Evil Corp and making themselves known in the media, a revolution begins to grow and so does ground support for fsociety. However, Evil Corp's VP of Technology, Tyler Wellick (Martin Wallström), a very strange dude in his own right, has his eye on Elliot and this man will stop at nothing to climb his way up the ladder.

Meanwhile, back at Allsafe, Elliot and Angela's boss, the good-hearted Gideon Goddard (Michael Gill) is beginning to suspect Elliot since all of the odd things happening with Allsafe and Evil Corp always seems to require his skills to resolve. As Elliot gets himself more and more deeply involved with fsociety, he finds himself becoming more paranoid, but not without reason. Evil Corp is keeping tabs on him and he has also managed to anger the violent drug supplier of his dealer, neighbor, and sometimes girlfriend Shayla (Frankie Shaw) in an attempt to protect her from him. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

Before the explosive finale, bodies will drop, anarchy will ensue, and Elliot and the viewers will have their minds blown with a twisted cliffhanger that will leave everyone, including Elliot, guessing.

Mr. Robot: Season One is a little bit Fight Club, a little bit noir, a little bit Youth in Revolt, and a beast all its own. It's the first time I've seen coding and hacking accurately depicted on the big (or little) screen and it sure is refreshing. The show even mocks Hollywood's version of coding, which is understandable. Writer, director and creator Sam Esmail definitely "gets it" when it comes to the programming world and, while some stuff might be over people's heads if they don't code themselves or, as in my case, spend all of their time with coders, you can still tell what's going on, even if you don't code. It just makes it that much better if you do since there's so much attention to detail, with even the episode names being written in l33t and representing file names. It's the little things that really make it shine.

In addition to all ten episodes, you'll also get a handful of deleted scenes, a gag reel and the making-of, which I really enjoyed as it provided some of Sam Esmail's background and showed just what a labor of love Mr. Robot: Season One is.

Mr. Robot: Season One is not a show for the kiddies though, because there's a fair amount of sex, drug use and violence, but for those wanting to join on a roller coaster ride through the valleys of hacking, social anxiety, danger and insanity, it is definitely one hell of a ride. All I can say is What. The. Fsociety did I just watch! Can't wait for Season Two.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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