USA’s newest series, Mr. Robot, is great (yes, in this writer's opinion, of course), it’s as simple as that. It’s different, it’s interesting, it’s deep, it’s all those fun buzz words TV snobs like to throw around, but in this case, they actually mean something.
The sci-fi show’s unlike anything the network’s done before, and to prove it, USA has opted to go so far as to market the program in a completely different manner than their usual system. How much different? It wasn’t too long ago that the network released the entire pilot online for everyone to watch for free. But, if you’re still worried, take a look at this exclusive clip, above (taken from the premiere episode) and if it entices you to watch more.
In case you haven’t heard of the show yet, Mr. Robot is a new drama starring Rami Malek (Short Term 12, Need for Speed) as a socially distant, vigilante computer hacker who works for a cyber security firm in New York City. Following a major breach, Elliot finds himself face to face with a mysterious man known only as Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) who wants to recruit Elliot to help him take down the world’s biggest conglomerate - in the single greatest act of wealth re-distribution humankind has ever seen.
Just going off the pilot, it’s clear that Mr. Robot is going to be a slow-burn when it comes to revealing its grand plan, but even that slow-burn features what are very quickly paced chapters that make the pilot breeze by in an instant. This really is the first time we’ve seen USA attempt a drama like this, and it’s hard to see how they won’t be better for it in the long run. In addition, this new show definitely takes the sting out of the network’s cancelation of Sirens earlier this year.
With any luck, USA is on an upswing after the last few seasons they spent wondering what to do next now that the mainstay trifecta of Burn Notice, Monk and Psych are gone. Sure, we got a few diamonds in the rough during the in between years (including the aforementioned Sirens, as well as Suits and White Collar), but it’s time for USA to take a new step towards something fresh. Mr. Robot is very much the first phase of that process.
Mr. Robot premieres Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at 10/9c on USA.