Why Rami Malek is the one to watch right now and why Robert Downey Jr. said, “I am frothing at the thumb controls for the second season of Mr. Robot, which is probably is probably the best thing that’s been on TV or theater this year.”
Mr. Robot, an unexpected success
Mr. Robot, the Golden Globe and Peabody award-winning TV Series, about a vigilante hacker with a mission to change the world has engaged audiences like no other show. Elliot Alderson, who suffers from social anxiety disorder and clinical depression is played by actor Rami Malek who Robert Downey Jr. in the summer issue of GQ Style said: ‘He’s the one right now. Everyone else should be studying this guy.” It’s not a bad review from a man dubbed as one of the greatest actors of his generation.
The original drama came at a crucial time and put every other TV Series on notice. Firstly, props go to the detail and credibility of the production. All the hacks that you see in the series, parallel events that have taken place in the real world. Mr. Robot even depicted events that hadn’t even happened yet. Like the Ashley Madison hack and the events of the Virginia Shooting, which resulted in the finale of season 1 being postponed, because it was said to have been too similar in nature.
“Maybe I should give you a name. But that’s a slippery slope. You’re only in my head. We have to remember that.”
Perspective and breaking the fourth wall
Elliot’s biggest weakness is his addiction to morphine and what gripped audiences was his attempts to stay sane against overwhelming odds. The side effects of his addiction becomes apparent to audiences in the very first episode, when they are introduced to Elliot’s skewed perspective of reality. The conglomerate known as E Corp has a large presence in New York and whenever he (or you, the audience) look at a E Corp logo, Evil Corp will be shown instead, giving you a unique window into Elliot’s perspective.
Another aspect of the series that astonished audiences is Elliot’s ability to break the fourth wall, and this was not done in the traditional sense either. In House of Cards of example, Francis Underwood would occasionally break the fourth wall to speak to you, the audience and reflect on hard earned life lessons or vent his frustrations about current events. Elliot on the other hand, uses the technique to make the audience feel disorientated and slightly on edge. Subjecting you to the same fears and sense of paranoia that he feels. Who wouldn’t want to experience that?!
Elliot started off as a small time, grey hat hacker. Elliot found it difficult interacting with people in the real world, due to his social anxiety and he would often connect with the limited number of individuals he knew by hacking them. Elliot’s circumstances changed when Mr. Robot, played by Christian Slater reached out and told him about his group of hacktivists know as Fsociety and there a plan to save the world by taking down E Corp. Elliot was reluctant to join at first but was eventually persuaded.
The back-hooded hacker became single-minded about the task at hand. Until Mr. Robot made him see the dark truth about the effect Fsociety was having on the world. Elliot’s reality began to slip and his fears reemerged, as he realised the truth about the people closest to him. Season 2 of Mr. Robot is a lot different so far but the series continues to keep audiences on edge and in the dark about what’s coming next.
A few traits that make up Elliot Alderson’s character in the TV Series.
Inability to connect: Elliot finds it difficult to interact with people and so relies on hacking to gain some level of connection with people.
Hacker’s mentality: Elliot believes there is nothing he can’t uncover about an individual or organisation. This is both a strength and a weakness.
Morphine addiction: Elliot’s addiction has got the point where his entire perspective of reality is distorted. Making him an incredibly vulnerable character.
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