Mr. Robot, following its exciting finale, is going to go down in history as the seminal show of the 2010s. At least it’s going to in my personal history of the 2010s. That’s not to say it’s the best show of the decade, just that’s it’s the most decade show of the decade. Mr. Robot is right up my alley. It’s a psychological thriller about an underdog rebel who wants to destroy the system; it’s full of mysterious, powerful councils operating behind the scenes, hackers, spies, broken people and all sorts of clandestine shit.
Some of the acting gets pretty hammy. The show in general has a few points where it slips into being unbelievably hammy verging on cringe, especially that last (oddly, widely praised) confrontation between Whiterose and Elliott. That’s not to say the content of that speech wasn’t good or interesting just that, holy hell, something about it has some real 1960s Batman vibes going on. What’s bizarre is that the show handles those kinds of scenes expertly on more than one occasion, such as the confrontation between Krista, Elliott and Vera. The finale itself was epic, and a strong conclusion to a show we’ve all invested so much time into.
Mr. Robot is a show that should be put in a time capsule to express exactly what the 2010s were all about. Big corporations controlled the world and fucked everybody, everybody was lonely and had mental disorders, no one was happy, there was a ton of weird shit going on right under the surface that everyone knew about but no one ever acknowledged, and everyone wanted it to change, but no one knew how to change it.
Mr. Robot is a show that aimed directly at the collective subconscious of the 2010s and fired. I can picture the types of people who didn’t ‘get’ Mr. Robot and put them into two basic categories: people from a previous generation who don’t understand what this new world is like on any level and don’t need to because they’re on the way out; and oblivious NPCs who are so insulated from the world around them that they’re oblivious to what it’s turned into.
Those people are even represented and acknowledged in Mr. Robot. That’s what’s truly twisted about the show: it’s extremely out there, but at the same time, totally true to life about everything going on in 2010-2019, and it’s 100% believable that it all takes place in the real world. That should be unnerving, and it is.
I realize I didn’t explain anything about the show whatsoever. It doesn’t really matter. You should have already watched it. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Go watch it. Start Mr. Robot at episode 1 and binge it right through to the finale. You owe it to yourself. It’s like… a homework assignment.