USA Network has officially renewed Mr. Robot for season 4, ahead of the show's season 3 finale airing tonight. Mr. Robot follows Rami Malek as Elliot Anderson, a hacker who works for a cyber-security firm. Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) is the leader of a mysterious hacking group society, who comes forward and recruits Elliot to join in a revolution to bring down the multi-national corporation E Corp.
Elliot takes center stage as an unreliable narrator, so the audience is never really sure of where he's at in the story. Mr. Robot season 1 dealt with strictly with the planning and implementation of the five/nine hack, and featured the Fight Club-esque twist that Mr. Robot is a projection of Elliot's dead father, and an extension of Elliot's dual-personality. Season two followed the unraveling thread between Mr. Robot and Elliot, and further delved into the fallout after the five/nine hack. Season three has thus far followed the further disintegration between Elliot and Mr. Robot, as well as the motivations for other characters involved.
It's now been confirmed by USA Network that Mr. Robot will continue on for a fourth season, just as season 3 draws to a close. The renewal also follows on the heels of Christian Slater receiving his third Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series for TV, for his work on the show. Will Slater wind have received his fourth Golden Globe nomination for the role, by this time next year?
For a long time, USA Network was not known for edgy material. Mr. Robot has changed the network for the better, as it can now boast to having one of the more complicated and interesting protagonists in television. The series was created by Sam Esmail and also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer, Bobby Cannavale, and BD Wong.
Mr. Robot has embraced an openly cinematic aesthetic, liberally referencing auteurs like David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, and The Wachowskis. On top of the twisty narrative, the cinematography is quite stunning, and it goes a long way to serving Elliot's ever growing paranoia. Tod Campbell, Mr. Robot's director of photography, has explained why there's so much headroom in conversational scenes - a technique called "shortsighting", which keeps the characters to one corner of the frame:
“Shortsighting is unnerving. The idea was to convey the loneliness. That's the internal dialogue I had with myself: How do we tell that story? How do you get Elliot across?”
The Mr. Robot season 3 finale airs tonight on USA Network at 10:00 p.m. EST.
Source: USA Network