Why USA Network’s summer hit is the perfect show to catch-up on this fall
I love the feeling of getting excited about a new show–becoming obsessed with its characters, writing the title in cursive bubble letters through all my notebooks, creating acrostic poems about it to shake myself awake from waves of tiredness that hit me during class.
That feeling means the world to me and I cling to it all the more whenever a fresh discovery coincides with the start of a new semester. For while my old stalwart shows have been proven to offer much comfort during those rough readjustment periods, there’s a special power that derives from finding a new series that always serves to get me through the tougher aspects of returning to academia.
This thrill is manifold when you don’t see the find coming. After watching the official trailer for Sam Esmail’s “Mr. Robot,” I didn’t think the show would be for me. The computer world has never been my favorite subject matter (“The Social Network,” “Silicon Valley”–the latter especially has a great roster of comedians to its cast–never personally clicked). But then I started reading the rave reviews about how the show was completely breaking the USA Network’s mold of lighthearted, detective whodunits, and how star Rami Malek was knocking it out of the park with his riveting lead performance as Elliot Alderson. I got intrigued and one day, after all 10 episodes had already aired and were available OnDemand, I turned on the pilot. Five minutes in, I was ready to jump around the room with glee. Here was a show that took would-be clichés like the socially awkward hacker who hates “the Man” (or in this case Evil Corp) and managed to make them freshly realized, with an unusual visual perspective that gave an added layer of complexity to every scene. I had hit TV gold and you can, too. Here are five reasons you should consider watching “Mr. Robot.”