Lion of the Blogosphere

Mr. Robot

Thank you to commenters who recommended this TV series. It was awesomely mind-bending.

Additionally, I really appreciated how it looked to be authentically filmed in New York. I recognized the block in Chinatown where Elliot lives. Unlike the series Daredevil which supposedly takes place in Hell’s Kitchen but was actually filmed in Brooklyn, I actually recognized a Hell’s Kitchen location in this series. There was a scene that took place at a ballet class, and I could identify it as the Alvin Ailey at 55th Street and 9th Avenue. Coney Island also plays a prominent geographical role in the series. It’s authentically New York.

The series does a great job of showing the class differences in New York City. You see the contrast between Elliot’s crappy tenement apartment and rich people’s apartments like Elliot’s wealthy gay boss.

Portia Doubleday is cast perfectly as Angela Moss, Elliot’s long-time friend. She looks just like an upper-class girl from an Ivy League University. (It’s slightly unrealistic that they would be friends who grew up in the same neighborhood because Elliot seems to come from a lower-class family, but I guess that the writers can be given some poetic license.)

I picked up early on that the fictional corporation “E-Corp” is only called “Evil Corp” in scenes with Elliot. It’s something that Elliot is imagining.

After watching all ten episodes, I conclude that the name for the series, Mr. Robot, is perfect and captures the essence of the story. However, the name is very confusing for people who haven’t seen the series, because the series has nothing to do with robots and is not science fiction; it takes place in present-day New York except that the world’s biggest and post powerful corporation, E-Corp, is fictional.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 25, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. To help us keep track, Lion, can you list the 4-5 (or whatever) shows that you think are worth watching based on your recent “research”?


    November 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    • Could you start including more information on the cast members of the TV shows you review? Particularly highlighting those shows with suitably attractive female characters who receive a lot of airtime? I appreciated you highlighting in your reviews of Girls (or whatever that Lena Dunham show was called) that none of the female characters was attractive. That signaled to me that the show was a waste of time.


      November 26, 2015 at 12:47 pm

  2. …the world’s biggest and post powerful corporation, E-Corp, is fictional.

    I once worked for a company that took over E-Systems.

    E. Rekshun

    November 25, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    • “And then I went to go buy brown shoelaces, but they only had black shoelaces…”


      November 25, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    • Did you get an E-scort off the premises?

      Socially Extinct

      November 27, 2015 at 12:04 am

  3. Is Hell’s Kitchen a bad neighborhood? Only been to New York once

    grey elightenment

    November 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    • Not today. In the 1960s it was a bad neighborhood. But was never a black neighborhood, it was bad with low-class Irish.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      November 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      • Low-class Irish? So it was never really that bad. And have a happy Thanksgiving. Seriously. Might as well have a good time with family because things are going to get nasty, unnastan’, dawg?


        November 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

      • Low-class Irish used to be pretty bad. The notorious Five Points slum was Irish.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        November 26, 2015 at 10:55 am

      • Looks like it was bad in the 1970s as well:


        November 28, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  4. Elliot and Angela become friends because e-corp kills their parents. They’re united in their grief. Portia Doubleday has a weird face. The Danish wife is a 10.


    November 25, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    • The Danish wife and her gay Swedish husband were each speaking their own languages when talking to each other. Apparently the two languages are closely enough related that they can understand the other.

      Portia Doubleday’s face is kind of moonpie like. She could never be a model but she’s still pretty so she’s perfect for a lot of acting roles.

      I loved the show, but it was probably the most lefty show I watched all year, and there was a lot of competition,

      Mike Street Station

      November 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      • it makes an interesting study in upper-class SWPL leftist view of ‘class struggle’. All the down todden people going against the man are all basically really well off, just a little more encumbered in debt than they ideally would be.


        November 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      • Norwegians are pretty good at understanding everybody. Swedes and Danes usually have a harder time understanding each other. The strong mutual intelligibility the husband and wife have would have developed from them being married rather than a natural function of being Swedish and Danish. English would be the language the average Swede and Dane (in their age group) would use when communicating rather than trying to decipher the idiosyncrasies of each other’s language.


        November 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm

      • “The strong mutual intelligibility the husband and wife have would have developed from them being married rather than a natural function of being Swedish and Danish.”

        My closed-captioning indicated that the language was Swedish.


        November 28, 2015 at 3:29 am

  5. I like this series better the first time, when it was called Fight Club, and the second time, when it was called, a Beautiful Mind, and the third time, when it was called Shutter Island


    November 25, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  6. “The series does a great job of showing the class differences in New York City. You see the contrast between Elliot’s crappy tenement apartment and rich people’s apartments like Elliot’s wealthy gay boss.”

    I couldn’t get into it at least partly because it angered me how this guy had a good job and his own place but was all grumpy and discontented.

    People don’t compare their situation to the ultra-rich, but to those very similar to them but on the other side of the invisible line dividing “crappy and/or uncertain job situation” from “I make a living.” It’s why SF (my neck of the woods) is seeing signs posted denouncing “brogrammers” but not the 1%.


    November 25, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    • Money is not status. His job is low status. Drug dealers have higher status than his job.

      Bryan Bell

      November 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm

  7. The monologues got obnoxious but I enjoyed this show and watched it as it was airing. The prison break episode is easily the best. The show is also hilariously *diverse* — they even casually had one of the major characters turn out to be a tranny (including the main character casually using the right pronouns)!


    November 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

  8. Lion, have you watched the Holy Grail of SWPL programming — The Wire?


    November 25, 2015 at 7:41 pm

  9. “Robot” in modern internet parlance: autist/spergy, virgin-leaning, asocial, socially blunted, loner males who are subsumed by a pop society of normally-adjusted loudmouths who get all the women and notoriety. Think of any of the high-profile mass killings my single young males in the past few years (not the gang-related thug murders that BLM cares about) – robots.

    Socially Extinct

    November 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

  10. BTW – check out this dude.

    If there was ever an award given for biggest SWPL this guy would get it. Rich, hippie-esq., greenie, pro-immigration, Obama, Prius driving. Apparently cares so much about open borders he allegedly made $200 million to the Sierra Club contingent on them dropping anti-immigration positions.


    November 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

  11. War Games meets Jacob’s Ladder. I really wanted to enjoy it, and sort of did, but despite the authentic NYC scenery no one speaks with a remotely ny-metro accent. There are too many white people in hoi polloi shots (remember whites are now a minority in NYC) and while I understand Malek is going for “socially awkward” he just comes across as mentally slow. Speaking of which among fsociety the only member who delivers anything close to standard nerd is mobley, and not even.

    The scene where Tyrell (weird name?) offers him a position is a deliberate Christian reference to when Satan offers Jesus power over the earth… there is a similar scene in “Jesus of Montreal” and the actors who play “satan” look remarkably similar.

    slithy toves

    November 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    • Go easy on Malek. Whites are the important people in NYC. Blacks commit crimes and mexicans clean up in hotels and restaurants. And asians? Nobody cares, but Chinatown in pretty cool. Seriously, get with the program.


      November 27, 2015 at 8:06 am

      • There is a magical hollywood version of NYC that is majority white (and clean). For anyone who lives here it seems kind of silly, like when they try to pass off Canada as manhattan.

        I wasn’t impressed with malek’s performance, as much as I wanted to be. And the haircut is just awful.

        slithy toves

        November 27, 2015 at 11:50 am

      • the haircut is just awful

        Well now that’s the clincher, isn’t it!

        Socially Extinct

        November 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      • re the haircut: having cut the hair of close cropped men, elliot’s “do” would require every five day upkeep. Yet we never see him pruning before the mirror, do we?

        And sadly your much lauded angela has a ton of botox pumped in her face. Which is too bad as she’s naturally pretty. Or would be, otherwise.

        slithy toves

        November 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    • “War Games meets Jacob’s Ladder”

      Not a bad summary

      Mike Street Station

      November 27, 2015 at 10:38 am

  12. You should talk about that kid who got shot.


    November 27, 2015 at 2:11 am

    • Ruling class answer: white cops killing black perps is evidence of systemic racism. We need to up the re-allocation of resources to the black community. They deserve it for all the suffering they experience at the hands of whites.
      Occam’s razor answer: when you have a low grade war between police and ethnocentric anti-socials you will eventually have war atrocities.


      November 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      • That cop should get a medal and a raise. One less problem.


        November 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

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