Who’s watching the moves you make online? Are you ever truly safe from hackers? What would happen if a hacker network group decided to take down one of the largest corporations in the world?
These are some of the questions that you’ll have to ask yourself if you watch USA Network’s Mr. Robot. The show, currently in its second season, follows a super hacker named Elliot, who works in cyber security for his day job, while working as a hacker doing “street” justice to those that “need to pay for their sins.”
What’s interesting is that Elliot is friend-less, is introverted, clinically insane, and also is addicted to morphine. He’s able to destroy corporate networks, yet somehow gets caught up with street-level thugs, and also cyber stalks his therapist, who’s trying to work through his problems.
The show is super-intense, and also mirrors real-life threats of online security, and big corporations owning all of society’s debt. People are over-worked, under-paid, and they have student loan and mortgage debt. What would happen if a hacker group decided to “give it to the man” and “erase” all of the debt, freeing the people from their own prisons?
I love Mr. Robot because it’s cleverly written, has an amazing soundtrack featuring the likes of Mos Def, Schoolboy Q, and Sonic Youth, and has twisted characters that seek money, power, and drugs. There’s also realistic hacking segments, lies, back-stabbing, and you’re never quite sure what’s happening.
This show is for you if you’re in to drama, hacking, and having the “little guy” fight the evil goliath. It also shows that the reality you’re in may not be the safest environment for you.
Watch on USA Networks, or catch up on Season One on Hulu and Amazon Prime.