I am hard-to-please when it comes to television series. If it doesn’t have me hooked within the first 20-30 minutes of the pilot episode, I quickly lose interest and never bother giving it another look. Some of these that I quickly threw to the curb were Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Gotham. Too many times I’m told that these series get going in the second, sometimes third seasons and I can’t be bothered to commit to that. But I will always give them 20-30 minutes of my undivided attention for their first episode and hope for the best.
My latest successful recommendation is an Amazon Prime Original called Mr Robot. It follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a cyber-security engineer by day, a vigilante hacker by night. He is recruited by the mysterious “Mr Robot” to join a team of hackers known as “fsociety” as they aim to bring down a multi-billion dollar company that Elliot is paid to protect.
Our main character, Elliot, suffers from social anxiety, is addicted to morphine and has a habit of hacking everyone he knows, even his psychiatrist. But he doesn’t do it to take down the good guys, he only uses his skills to single out the people who need to be singled out and to amend their wrongful ways.
“Mr Robot” is played by Christian Slater. He is seemingly in charge of fsociety and is intent on getting Elliot to join his team. His methods are questionable and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is a member of fsociety and is also an avid fan of Elliot. She is feisty and has connections to the criminal underworld that is imperative to their plans.
Angela (Portia Doubleday) is Elliot’s best friend and they also work together. She lives with her boyfriend but is always trying to help Elliot come out of his shell. But it isn’t long till she has her own troubles to deal with.
Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) is E-Corp’s Senior Vice President of Technology and he will stop at nothing to become one of its CEO’s. He is yet another admirer of Elliot and his skills.
There are, of course, many other characters but I don’t want to give too much away.
I thought this opening series was amazing. It had me gripped from the get-go, in fact I didn’t even need the whole 30 minutes, 10 minutes was enough for me to know that I would be sticking around. But don’t worry! You aren’t expected to be a computer genius to understand some of the terminology that’s thrown around (I certainly didn’t). Although some of the “tech talk” is pretty tough to comprehend, you always get the gist of what they’re trying to achieve.
It’s incredibly smart, witty, dark and also scary because it’s so eye opening to see how easy it is for someone to hack your personal information.
There are plenty of twists and turns that you won’t see coming, there’s even some violence thrown in for good measure too.
It’s already begun filming its second series and should be out at some point this summer so if you do fancy giving this a go then you’ve got time to watch it at a leisurely pace. I, however, smashed through it within a week.
So if you are after something that is going to get you hooked, then this could be right up your alley, it might make you want to change your Facebook password though.
Thanks for reading guys!