‘Mr. Robot’s’ Multi-faceted, Hero Hacker

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By: Laura Wetherbee

“Mr. Robot,” one of USA Network’s newer dramas, follows Elliot, a young computer programmer working as a cyber security engineer.

Elliot, played by Rami Malek, leads a different life than the average person, having a complicated history of mental health issues. In order to cope, he creates a vigilante side of himself dedicated to taking down CEOs worldwide, whom he believes are controlling the world and ruining it.  The main company he targets is E Corp, often referred to by Elliot as “Evil Corp.”

Elliot struggles with psychosis and drug-addiction while hacking people’s electronics throughout the entire show.  He also finds a group of people who join forces with him to take down sinister corporate America. They call themselves “F Society.”

The leader of this group reveals his true identity during the end of the first season, and we learn more about Elliot’s past throughout the second season.  Elliot faces many power struggles with the group’s leader, and finds himself at a crossroads as to whether or not he wants to continue hacking.

This thrilling drama was nominated for six Emmy Awards for its first season, with Malek accepting the Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” for his role as Elliot.

“Mr. Robotis a chilling narrative because it highlights how dependent members of modern society are on financial corporations and credit companies.  Elliot hacks his way into these corporations, leaving viewers in awe of his talent and also questioning their own subservience to big businesses and media conglomerates in the process.

The third season of the show is set to come out sometime in 2017. Until then, we wait to learn the fate of Elliot and many of his fellow central characters that often dance the blurred line distinguishing hard, daytime criminals from heroes of the underworld.