Hello, friend. You had me at unreliable narrator. Add to that a well-told story of the dispossessed andÂ you’ve just made this series into must see TV.
We live in a world that wants to be sedated. Itâ€™s painful not to pretend and Elliot has the urge â€”Â but maybe not the drive â€”Â to wake us up.Â But what does that mean? The vast majority of us are consumed by consumption, a lot of people seem to want to be famous for no reason and weâ€™re all drowning in some formÂ of debt. So, if youÂ had a way to start a revolution, would you do it?
What do we really know about Elliot? Heâ€™s a cyber security engineer by day and a vigilante hacker by night. If you leave any kind of digital footprint â€” and the vast majority ofÂ us do â€” Elliot can discover your passwords and get the goods on you.
He’s in therapy against his will, but why? Anger management issues.Â Does that rage have something to do with the death of his father? Elliot could never prove the radiation from his fatherâ€™s job caused the leukemia that killed him. Or what about his social anxiety? Heâ€™s weird and itâ€™s hard for him to interact withÂ people. He wants to be normal, but he can’t be. He also doesnâ€™t want to be touched and social niceties are difficult because why pretend? He’s ok with awkwardness.
On top of all that, Elliot’s schizophrenic and has had delusionsÂ in the past. He been having trouble holding all his sadness in lately and has started having crying fits every other week. His drug of choice is morphine, which he uses to self-medicate. He knows hits limits, but Elliot doesn’t always make the best decisions when he’s high.
He cares about Krista, his therapist, and Angela, his friend since childhood. Unfortunately, he only person he could ever talk to was his dad.
It Scratched That Part of My Mind
Elliot doesnâ€™t believe in good existing without condition. If it â€œscratchesâ€ his mind, he has to investigate, find out the truth behind the facade. If the person is engaging in illegal or morally reprehensible activityÂ â€” like Ron and his child porn ring â€” he â€œdeletesâ€ them. He destroys their business, their life, their existence.
Kristaâ€™s boyfriend Michael Hansen also scratches his mind. It turns out thatâ€™s an assumed name and Krista is one of 7 women heâ€™s cheating on his wife with. At least Flipper gets a new home. I mean, even if I could excuse the infidelity (which I canâ€™t and wonâ€™t), who abuses a defenseless little animal?Â Does this man haveÂ any qualities? Part of me still wants to see him deleted.
Who is Mr. Robot?
He could be a delusion. Elliot canâ€™t find any mention of Mr. Robot and/or F Society on any hacker boards, forums or blogs. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it’s interesting.
I think we got some solid hints that Elliot might be the only one who sees Mr. Robot, but Iâ€™ll have to reserve judgment on that for now. Whether or not heâ€™s real, he’s affecting Elliot’s behavior. Mr. Robot refuses to tell Elliot who he is, but he wants Elliot to be part of the revolution. His test was the E Corp hack and Elliot passed. Since Elliot is now the only one with access to the root directory, he wants Elliot to make it look like E Corp CTO Terry Colby is responsible for the hack. Elliot scoffs, calling Colby an idiot. Who would even believe that? Heâ€™s got a blackberry. A blackberry. But when Colby walks all over Angela in a meeting, Elliot wonâ€™t stand for that. Heâ€™d been willing to expose what F Society had done to E Corp, but now Colby’s gotta go down.
But whatâ€™s the endgame? If money is the operating system of the world, how will framing Colby accomplish anything? It only tears a limb from the beast of Evil Corp. Why don’t they strike at its heart?Â The point Mr. Robot makes is that as their illusion of control unravels, their business unravels. And by taking E Corp down, they can erase consumer debt. Itâ€™ll be the biggest redistribution of wealth in history. WithÂ the gap between the rich and poor at its highest level in twenty years, maybe we need that.
Who is Tyrell Wellick?
He introduces himself to Elliot as the SVP of Technology for E Corp. Things get interesting when Elliot is escorted to a meeting by some Men In Black (here come the MiBs). Wellick’s in that room and these are men who wield great power, the top 1% of the top 1%. They play God without permission. What do they want with Elliot and how can they possibly know what he’s been up to?
I love that the logo of Evil Corp is very close to the logo for Enron. A lot of people thought that company was too big to fail as well.
I’m feeling shades of Fight Club and I like it. Erasing consumer debt? Check. A possibly imaginary friend? Check. I’m not saying it’s derivative, because I don’t think it is. I just like that someone else is exploring these themes.
I like that Elliot has the urge to care for another living thing. He’s already got Qwerty and he adds Flipper to his growing little family.
Elliot needs at least one important person in his life and I’m glad that’s Angela. She’sÂ the only person heâ€™s willing to initiate contact with and I like their little spark. Hopefully heâ€™ll decide to expose Ollie for the cheater he is. I donâ€™t know if Elliotâ€™s right for her, but Ollie’s so incredibly wrong.
Mr. Robot airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on USA Network.
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