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Mr. Robot - USA Network
This may be my favorite summer show this year -
'Mr. Robot' Review: The Best Show Of The Summer And On Track To Be A Modern Classic
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While AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime and a select few others often find themselves at the center of easy to achieve acclaim, the rest of television serves host to shows that while good, hardly ever receive the recognition they deserve… and there’s no network that suffers this fate more than USA. Because it’s home to WWE’s main franchise – Raw – and was once the center stage for fun, but easy to write-off series such as Burn Notice and White Collar, the network’s been unable to gain major acclaim despite being the deliverer of one of the best series on television: Suits. However, the continued willingness of the “viewing elite” to not give the network its due might now be considered an unwritten crime thanks to its latest drama, Mr. Robot.
Starring Rami Malek, the series follows the journey of Elliot, a computer programmer working at a cyber security firm by day and playing the role of vigilante hacker by night. Throughout his life, Elliot’s found it difficult to interact with the living world around him due to an anti-social disorder, but everything changes the night he encounters the biggest hack of his life. However, as he soon learns, the hack was merely the beginnings of a much grander plan being perpetrated by a mysterious man known only by his alias, Mr. Robot.
To say Mr. Robot’s one of the best shows on television based solely on the viewing of its pilot would be hyperbolic, but if that’s the restriction we must work under at the moment, then it’s fair to say Mr. Robot has one of the best kick-offs to any series in a while. The episode moves at a brisk pace that never confuses. At no point does the show feel overly preachy or pretentious. And, most importantly, never are any of the lead characters unlikable. Some of them do walk the line of decent morality, but they aren’t hatable. Based on the pilot, Mr. Robot has nothing but positives going for it.
One of the most important things any good pilot needs is potential. It needs to be able to present various avenues that could be potentially explored in the episodes and seasons to come. Of course there’s no way to go into detail about the routes of Mr. Robot without revealing some heavy spoilers, but what can be said is there are multiple directions by which the show’s plot can travel for weeks, if not years. Come the end of the first episode, the only thing people will be wanting is more of this world.
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