Mr. RobotLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Atlanta, Rick and Morty and Westworld are revolutionizing TV episode descriptions
Atlanta's episode descriptions are written in the voice of an omniscient hype man, as Clayton Purdom points out. Mr. Robot uses an all-lowercase, acronym- and internet-speak voice, while Westworld is written in character as one of the show's hosts. As Purdom notes, "over the past few years, some of the best shows on television have flagrantly defied the traditional episode description—that terse sentence-or-so description of the main conflict, with maybe a hint toward the B-line, that have accompanied TV listings since time immemorial. The first show I really noticed flouting these convention was Rick And Morty, whose 'broh'-filled episode descriptions sound like recommendations from a skeezy stoner friend."
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
Mozilla under fire for secretly placing a Mr. Robot extension in the Firefox browser
Firefox users recently noticed a strange new Looking Glass plug-in in their browsers over the past few days. Turns out, it was installed secretly as part of a marketing tie-in with Mr. Robot, designed as a “shared experience to further your immersion into the Mr Robot universe” that made minor changes to certain websites. After hearing complaints, Mozilla backpedaled and moved the plug-in to its app store. "Suffice to say, we've learned a good deal in the last 24 hours ... Although we always have the best intentions, not everything that we try works as we want," said Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Mozilla's chief marketing officer.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 9:52AM EST
Mr. Robot creator: The plan is somewhere “between” four and five seasons
"Honestly, I've always said it's four or five seasons, and I've said that because I think it's somewhere in between,” Sam Esmail tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Whether that means the next two seasons are two short seasons, or it could technically still be two full ten-episode seasons, we're still kind of figuring that out. It's something the writers' room and I take very seriously. We never want to feel like we're treading water. Hopefully it fits into two more seasons, but we're trying to figure out that number.” ALSO: Esmail on Season 3: “What’s interesting about the third season is that it comes pretty close to being the end of act two."
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 9:42AM EST
Mr. Robot renewed for Season 4
Following Mr. Robot's Season 3 finale, USA has announced that the hacker drama will be back for a fourth season. "Calm down everyone. #MrRobot season_4.0 writers' room is officially open for business," creator Sam Esmail wrote on Instagram this morning.
Posted Thursday 12/07/17 at 8:21PM EST
Mr. Robot producer teases: “We're going back to the place where it all started”
“If you analyze this season as a whole, you'll find a clear structure with multiple episodes making up an act or a unit of story,” says writer-producer Kor Adana. “In that way, our season feels like a 10-hour film.”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:24PM EST
Bobby Cannavale will co-star with Julia Roberts on Amazon’s Homecoming
Cannavale will reunite with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Cannavale has a recurring role on this season on the acclaimed USA series.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:34PM EST
Emmy Rossum is teaming with her Mr. Robot creator husband on a limited series based on L.A. icon Angelyne
Rossum will play the blonde bombshell who is famous for driving her pink Cadillac around Hollywood and appearing on billboards, while also making movie cameos. The series, from Sam Esmail, will be based on The Hollywood Reporter’s investigative story on Angelyne.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 7:57AM EST
After discussing the Harvey Weinstein controversy, Christian Slater refused to talk about his abusive past with women
The Mr. Robot star called a Daily Beast reporter “a salacious c*nt” when his past run-ins with women — including beating his ex-girlfriend in 1997 and a 2005 arrest for groping a woman, which resulted in charges being dropped — were brought up after the actor tried to hit the right note regarding the Hollywood sexual misconduct scandals. Before using the C-word, Slater said, “I’m happy that women’s voices are being taken seriously and this age of secrecy and abuse of power era has to come to an end. I want women and all people to feel comfortable in the workplace, and I try to have that environment in my work.”
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 2:25PM EST
Why Mr. Robot wanted to employ a famous gimmick for last night's episode
"We realized, 'Wait a minute ... what if we just keep the whole episode in real time, and not only do we go through the realizations of Elliot, but we also go through what Angela has to do to counter all of Elliot's actions?'" says creator Sam Esmail. "That's the genesis of the whole episode, and why we felt it was an instance of the form matching what we wanted to say about the character and their journey — in this case not just Elliot, but also Angela."
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 9:32PM EST
The Wire’s Isiah Whitlock Jr. had the best reaction to Twitter’s new 280-character limit
Whitlock tweeted a “Sheeeeeeeeeit!” that ran the entire length of a 280-character tweet. ALSO: Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail used his extra characters to urge viewers to watch tonight’s commercial-free episode AND slam Trump.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
With Damnation, USA brings a Mr. Robot vibe to the Depression era
The “bleak and nasty” drama looks good, but it may be a tough sell, says Brian Lowry. Damnation feels more like a premium cable or FX show, not something you would find on USA. Lowry adds that it “definitely deserves credit for guts and grit, and the plot moves pretty briskly. Yet with the show's ambitions comes an old-fashioned capitalist conundrum: when marketing a concept that looks and sounds like a tough sell, the devil's in the details.”
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 3:36AM EDT
Mr. Robot has found a way to address the Trump presidency
It took until Episode 3 of this season for the USA series to tackle the Trump administration.
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 2:11PM EDT
Why Mr. Robot used footage of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rallies
“It felt wrong not to include that really strong reaction and strong feeling into the show,” Sam Esmail says of the Season 3 premiere. ALSO: Mr. Robot is back on track as the show we deserve.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5:14PM EDT
Mr. Robot Season 3 attempts to recapture the magic of Season 1
The acclaimed first season had a streamlined story, which was ditched for more labyrinthine plot in Season 2. “Season three finds both Elliot and Mr. Robot more focused in their efforts to get back to the way things used to be,” says Alan Sepinwall. He adds: “Based on the new season’s first four episodes, both character and creator have mixed success in their revised missions.”
- Rami Malek says Season 2 “mimics our world” and thus the show is “more accessible for the viewer”
- Season 3 looks very strong getting back to the show’s original intention
- Sam Esmail: “Because Mr. Robot started out as a feature in my head, I've very much structured the story like a three-act film”
- How Mr. Robot’s production designer creates a world that evokes chaos
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
In retrospect, Mr. Robot’s second season was pretty good — especially at predicting the America of 2017
“No other modern TV has so compellingly captured the sense of futility and exhaustion that has so thoroughly penetrated American life in 2017,” says Scott Meslow. “The world of Mr. Robot, like the world of today, is corrupt and stupid and cruel—and the people who might be able to change things refuse, because the corruption and stupidity and cruelty of the system is what enabled them to reach positions of power in the first place.”