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Thinking I'm gonna livetweet my Mr. Robot rewatch. Beginning S1e01 shortly.
For as brilliant an opening monologue and scene as this is, it's notable (as is often the case for early episodes) how this isn't quite the show it intends to be.
The big giveaway is the opening shot. It should be Price in that shot. But he doesn't exist yet.
Rami Malek slips straight into this role though. And the opening exchange with Ron is super strong as an establishing sequence. Principles made instantly clear.
"I wanted to do it AFK" is clunky. Esmail will learn to do tech dialogue smoothly soon. But ouch.
Portia Doubleday is out of the gate perfectly too. Introducing her being chewed out is strong. "Underestimated" is sold immediately. Also dat necktie. 🔥🔥🔥
Ah, the "what is it about society that disappoints you so much." The show's first virtuoso performance. Though it's striking how slow this first iteration of that trick is paced.
"Your delusions." I love how honestly this show plays its "twist."
Ollie, the first of many times Esmail paints "douchebag" with savage efficiency. Also the Maroon 5 dig has aged well.
"There he is, Terry Colby" over Tyrrel's first appearance is perfect.
The Gnome/KDE line is awkward but very Tyrrell.
The morphine geekout bit is a dark and twisted Neal Stephenson riff.
This show owes more of a debt to Stephenson than to most cyberpunk. In contrast to Gibson say.
Lloyd's "serial rapist" line is a cruelly effective portrayal of techbros.
Getting the hacking sequence to play as effective suspense where we can tell what's going on is really impressive.
Christian Slater is of course introduced at the halfway mark.
Slater's "my dad was a thief" monologue is not one of the most memorable bits of this episode, but is shockingly good.
Esmail not directing the first episode is in hindsight jarring. His frame composition is such a key part of the show.
Also I love Romero not looking at Slater as he lets Elliot in.
Getting the Back to the Future motif in early.
Darlene is yet again an instantly memorable lead.
The ferris wheel sequence suffers more from lack of Esmail than any other.
The show's obsession with the nature of money is also very Stephenson.
The "If You Go Away" sequence is weird like the show will get around to being.
Eliot's accidental undermining of Angela is great, both as a character beat and as a motivator for his decision to obey Mr. Robot.
The escalation from Eliot's justifiable takedown of Ron to his hubris with Lenny is strong.
"Don't look confused" is a good line.
This end scene is why we can't have Price in the opener. But as this scene is a feint and Elliot is not being recruited by the .01% it's all unneeded.
Ok. That got no engagement at all so S1e02 in a few cause I'm like that.
Let's use the tag #ElRobot for these threads.
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