Elliot Alderson in Mr Robot

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I’m a bit late to the game on this one (episode four was my least favourite episode of this show so far) but Mr Robot is the business.

It follows the adventures of white hat hacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek in a breakout role) as he joins hacktivist group fsociety. Problem is that Elliot is a very unreliable narrator. He’s near crippled with loneliness, has a simmering drug addiction and the audience may just be the latest in a long line of imaginary friends.

Episode four was an extended trip through the oubliette that is Elliot’s subconscious, as he fights withdrawal symptoms. The highlight were the matching, creepy clown faces that faced off on the walls behind Elliot and Angela, his unrequited childhood sweetheart, during a key sequence in the hallucination. The eyes are so piercing, the smile so creepy, I was desperate to look away but was always pulled back to the screen.

This episode raised more questions than it answered, but Mr Robot continues to be a super compelling hour of the best cinematic cyberpunk so far.

Mr Robot has a very similar tone to the British show Utopia. If you haven’t seen it, here’s the first scene. If you like it, watch the show. Don’t Google it, don’t read a synopsis, just watch. There is one scene in the first episode that is very hard to get through, but that’s as bad as it gets for the whole series. The show also has an amazing soundtrack that kicks in around second fifty-four in the clip below.

While we’re on the subject of THE INTERNETS, I want direct people to this article. The gist is that, as we become slaves to The Stream, the internet becomes less like a egalitarian idea sharing factory and more like TV: “linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking”. Cheers and finders rights to Miss Krin.

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