PufPuf93 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:23 pm wrote:
I recently watched the first season - 10 episodes - of Mr. Robot on Amazon Prime and enjoyed the programs.
Mr. Robot is about a socially awkward and perhaps mentally ill young programmer on the job and compulsive hacker off the job who partakes a conspiracy derivative of V for Vendetta against the global economy.
The story is PKDish in tone with introspection and rapid changes in fact and perspective ubiquitous.
Most of the characters in Mr. Robot are "catching". Note that I bought Amazon Prime to watch PKD-derived Man in the High Castle. The production values of MITHC were great but the show was boring and there was not for me a single character who was "catching". http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4158110/http://www.usanetwork.com/mrrobot
I had the same experience...sort of. I tried Amazon Prime for free and started to watch Man in the High Castle but I didn't like it so I binge-watched the first season of Mr. Robot and I really liked it.
Now, I'm watching season two on USA, and I'm not so sure anymore. The veracity of the narrative is called into question as we watch the main character's madness take him prisoner, or it could be his madness takes him out of prison...the only thing that's clear is that he is mad.
Or, is he? Maybe, he's reacting normally to a world gone mad. Anyway, in the second season, the unreliable narrator puts pressure on the viewer to discern and decide his or her own version of what is true and what is not within the context of the story. Sound familiar?
Mr. Robot: Is any of it real? I mean, look at this. Look at it! A world built on fantasy! Synthetic emotions in the form of pills, psychological warfare in the form of advertising, mind altering chemicals in the form of food, brainwashing seminars in the form of media, controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks. Real? You want to talk about reality? We haven’t lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century. We turned it off, took out the batteries, snacked on a bag of GMOs while we tossed the remnants in the ever expanding dumpster of the human condition.
We live in branded houses trademarked by corporations built on bipolar numbers jumping up and down on digital displays, hypnotizing us into the biggest slumber mankind has ever seen. You have to dig pretty deep, kiddo, before you find anything real. We live in a kingdom of bullshit, a kingdom you’ve lived in for far too long.