Mr Robot, a psychological thriller, is an experimental, new type of television show. For instance, fans were able to see the premiere of the show on social media the night before it premiered after the show’s creators “leaked” it online. The show follows a young programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night.
Created by Sam Esmail, Mr Robot premiered in May 2015. The 2nd season’s premiere takes place July 13. The show has received critical acclaim and received multiple awards including the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama. In 2016, the show one Best TV Program of 2016 at the AFI awards. It won breakthrough series (longform) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. In won SXSW’s 2015 audience award.
The show’s protagonist is Elliot Anderson, a programmer living in New York City. He works for a fictional cybersecurity company called Allsafe. Alderson joins a group of hacktivists whose ultimate mission is to destroy the data of one of the largest corporations in the world, E Corp, Allsafe’s biggest client.
The television show is timely considering the prevalence of cybersecurity discussion in recent years, as Bitcoin-powered Ransomware software and other types of data compromises have made headlines.
Bitcoin is depicted in the television show’s premiere of it’s second season as an in demand currency after an economic collapse. In the show, exchangers sell bitcoin from an armored Ice Cream truck – painted Bitcoin orange and sporting a black Bitcoin logo – in exchange for cash. In the show, a moneyed person is lured into a bitcoin tranaction to pay a cryptoransom.
Bitcoin has been depicted in film and television before. It’s appeared in Orange is the New Black, Almost Human, as well as films like Deadpool and Dope.
Acclaim for the show has been universal. According to IMDB, Mr Robot is “electrifying entertainment.”
The show claims Edward Snowden as a fan.
“I just found out Edward Snowden’s a huge fan of the show,” Rami Malek, who plays Elliot, says. “When you realise how much he knows about government spying tactics… it feels like we’re doing a very accurate job,” he adds.