DATELINE: Rami Down Your Throat
The new computers-as-enemies controlling the world is called Mr. Robot. It replaces the wittier, more intelligent, more likeable Person of Interest that CBS has thrown into the hopper.
Rami Malek has a striking appearance, which almost makes you think he is the computer robot. No, he is a hacker/junkie. It makes it hard to appreciate your hero when he is a drug addict—and sympathizes with the Occupy movement.
On Person of Interest, the characters are rugged individualists—whereas on the robot show, they are socialists. They see the rugged individualists as part of the enemy. The show is so misinformed that it puts an image of Tom Brady on the screen as a symbol of corporate corruption in a category with Lance Armstrong.
Though Mr. Robot has elements of Clockwork Orange and Patrick McGoohan’s prisoner, don’t be fooled by the sociopathic performance of Christian Slater as the erstwhile Mr. Robot.
The supporters of Robot are politically correct ratios of Muslim, Asian, black, and Goth. A gay man is thrown in, but Rami can’t show interest there. As he notes, he has attention deficit.
Brilliant in its production by Sam Esmail (is that part of the conspiracy of pseudonyms?), the show starts to lag with more disinformation about the main characters. All the villains here are white males whose sex lives are tools to their power-play.
We cannot recommend Mr. Robot except to those who are overwhelmed by flashy propaganda.