You must have heard of the show. The Golden Globe winner for Best Television Series – Drama has created yet another legend in TV industry. Born from a script meant for the big screen, the show has elevated the standard of TV shows to a new high, impressing the audience with its breathtakingly incredible screenplay.
The first-person narration is a key highlight on the show. Nothing is more intriguing than being led into a story which turned out to be misleading. You get to live inside the world of a mentally unstable character, and follow the path of his thoughts of being an anti-social. The technical details shown in the show are surprisingly comprehensive too. The creators are really serious about making the content as technically accurate as possible, resulting in a story that appears to be very professional and persuasive.
(Warning: the content below contains spoiler)
The story of Mr. Robot is mainly about how a cyber security professional, who had social anxiety issues, hacked into the system of one of the largest corporations and encrypted all the financial data. He believed that those big corporations are the perpetrators of the social problems that have arisen, and the common people are being forced to become their work slaves in order to make a living. The actions and minds of Mr. Robot is a straight down presentation of anti-capitalism, no doubt. Although it’s almost an irony that Mr. Robot is a man with mental issues, the story was actually able to portray how the economic system has affected people at the lower level.
As I was following the thoughts of Mr. Robot, I wasn’t very convinced by his negativity at first. What’s so wrong about posting pictures on Facebook and drinking Starbucks? What’s not nice about hanging out with friends at a party and listening to music? But when the story reveals more information about Mr. Robot’s past, it turns out that the tragedy that happened in his family was a direct result of the downside of capitalism.
Mr. Robot, who was deep down an empathetic person, failed to connect to the society because he saw his father couldn’t stand a chance to fight his employer for pushing him to his death. He was so fed up with the people around him because what he saw was a bunch of people being fooled by big corporations into thinking that their life is great. He saw these people getting more and more in debts. And he saw struggles of some people who couldn’t compete in the system, and were forced to earn a living in the dark, endangering their lives.
Mr. Robot may look like a psychopath who is set out to wreak havoc with the society, but his actions were in fact driven by the issues lying underneath the society itself. The scene where the spokesperson of E. Corp committed suicide in front of the TV is brutal, and would make you question the morality of Mr. Robot’s actions, but it can also be seen as an awakening which brings a message: what we think we own is just a collection of data stored in computers.
If you haven’t seen Mr. Robot, I recommend you do it. It’s one of the few profound TV shows around, and I can’t wait for Season 2.