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.