The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Thursday, December 31, 2015

When I make a mistake, it's a doozy!

I should know better than to rank TV shows. A) I'm not a professional critic and B) I don't see everything that's out there. Such is the case with my 'Top 10 of 2015' rankings last week and a very good program I hadn't seen on USA Network, Mr. Robot.

I'd skipped it because of the title. If there was ever a case of "don't judge a book by it's cover", this is it. There are no robots, androids or cyborgs in this show. What is in this show are a riveting dark and foreboding storyline full of very intriguing characters portrayed by extremely talented actors.

The cast is led by Rami Malek. The name may be unfamiliar to you, but his face is not. Malek has been in several highly rated projects, most notably as 'SNAFU' Shelton in HBO's The Pacific and Steve Dibiasi in the Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts film, Larry Crowne. His performance as psychotic genius hacker Elliot Alderson is his best yet. It's certainly worthy of an Emmy nod in a very competitive year. His performance has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Best Actor-Drama, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, a Critic's Choice Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and a Satellite Award from the for Best Actor in a Series, Drama.

The show has also received a slew of other award nominations:

Golden Globes:
Best Television Series - Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television - Christian Slater

Critic's Choice Awards:
Best Drama Series
Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series - BD Wong
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Christian Slater

International Press Academy Satellite Awards:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television -
Christian Slater
Best Television Series- Drama

It won:
Gotham Independent Film Award - Breakthrough Series
SXSW Festival - Audience Award
AFI Award - TV Program of the Year

Without giving any spoilers, the show is very topical with the storyline circling around an movement similar to Anonymous, Occupy Wall Street, corporations that are too big to fail and the financial crisis of 2008. You definitely need to watch the series from the beginning and pay very close attention. There's lots of little things that pay off later and some very technical computer goings on. Even if you don't understand all the hacking (and it's a major plotline) you will be drawn in by the drama and intrigue as the characters develop and reveal their backstories. If you think computers and hacking are a dull plotline, you couldn't be more wrong.

Season 2 is in production and is expected to premiere in July of 2016. The story's very complex and you never know what to expect next. USA just ran a Season 1 marathon. If you missed it, do yourself a favor and watch it online at .

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