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Mr. Robot is a very intense cyber thriller produced by Sam Esmail that first aired in June 2015 on the USA TV network. It features Malek, a star as Eliot Alderson, an engineer for cybersecurity, and a hacker with clinical depression and social anxiety disorder. Mr. Robot, an insurrectionary anarchist, recruits Eliot to join the hacktivists group known as fsociety. The group aims to destroy the entire dept records through financial data encryption, which has a huge Conglomerate in the entire world, the E corp.
Mr. Robot quickly became a cult hit and was on the air for four seasons, ending in 2019.
This series gained a cult following for its very detailed and accurate focus on the details of hackers lives and its realistic portrayal of various hacking techniques. It has had a lot of intense actors, very complex plot twists and was filmed in a cinematic style that makes it seem more like a movie than a typical TV show. It gained much positive coverage and won numerous TV awards including Golden Globe and Peabody awards and even six Emmy nominations.
Mr. Robot Quotes
1. “I have burrowed underneath your brain. I am nested there. I am the scream in your mind. You will cooperate,” Mr. Robot.
2. “I’ve never found it hard to hack most people. If you listen to them, watch them, their vulnerabilities are like a neon sign,” Mr. Robot.
3. “My father picked me up from school one day, and we played hooky and went to the beach. It was too cold to go in the water, so we sat on a blanket and ate pizza. When I got home, my sneakers were full of sand, and I dumped it on my bedroom floor. I didn’t know the difference. I was six. My mother screamed at me for the mess, but he wasn’t mad. He said that billions of years ago, the world shifting and the oceans moving brought that sand to that spot on the beach, and then I took it away. “Every day,” he said, “we change the world,” which is a nice thought until I think about how many days and lifetimes I would need to bring a shoe full of sand home until there is no beach, until it made a difference to anyone. Every day, we change the world, but to change the world in a way that means anything, that takes more time than most people have. It never happens all at once. It’s slow. It’s methodical. It’s exhausting. We don’t all have the stomach for it,” Elliot Alderson.
4. “Two days ago I strangled a woman to death just with my hands. That’s a strange sensation. Something so tremendous done by something so simple. The first ten seconds were uncomfortable, a feeling of limbo, but then your muscles tense, and she struggles and fights, but it almost disappears in the background along with everything else in the world. At that moment it’s just you and absolute power, nothing else. That moment stayed with me. I thought I’d feel guilty for being a murderer, but I don’t. I feel wonder,” Tyrell Wellick.
5. “The world is a dangerous place, Elliott, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing,” Mr. Robot.
6. “People walk around, act like they know what hate means. Nah, no one does, until you hate yourself. I mean truly hate yourself. That’s power,” Fernando Vera.
7. “I don’t know. Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man, even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? Or maybe it’s that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit? The world itself’s just one big hoax. Spamming each other with our running commentary of nonsense, masquerading as insight, our social media faking as intimacy. Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. I’m not saying anything new. We all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books makes us happy, but because we wanna be sedated. Because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards. F*** society,” Elliot.
8. “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 can find anything real. We live in a kingdom of bull****, a kingdom you’ve lived in for far too long. So don’t tell me about not being real. I’m no less real than the f*****g beef patty in your Big Mac,” Mr. Robot.
9. “Sure, there are grays, but when you come right down to it, at its core, beneath every choice, there’s either a one or a zero. You either do something or you don’t. You walk out that door, you’ve decided to do nothing, to say no, which means you do not come back. You leave, you are no longer a part of this. You become a zero. If you stay, if you want to change the world, you become a yes. You become a one. So, I’ll ask you again: are you a one or a zero?” Mr. Robot.
10. “People are all just people, right? When it gets down to it, everyone’s the same. They love something. They want something. They fear something. Specifics help, but specifics don’t change the way that everyone is vulnerable. It just changes the way that we access those vulnerabilities,” Mobley.
11. “Maybe it’s not about avoiding the crash. But it’s about setting a breakpoint to find the flaw in the code, fix it, and carry on until we hit the next flaw. The quest to keep going, to always fight for footing. Maybe we’re all just stumbling from the right questions to the wrong answers, or from the right answers to the wrong questions. It doesn’t matter where you go or where you come from, as long as you keep stumbling. Maybe that’s all it takes. Maybe that’s as good as it gets,” Elliot Alderson:
12. “Oh, I don’t know. Is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man, even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? Or maybe it’s that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit? The world itself’s just one big hoax. Spamming each other with our running commentary of bulls**t, masquerading as insight, our social media faking as intimacy. Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. I’m not saying anything new. We all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books makes us happy, but because we wanna be sedated. Because it’s painful not to pretend, because we’re cowards,” Sam Esmail.
13. A guy walks up to a woman at a bar. He flirts with her. He makes small talk, but the woman insists she isn’t gonna go home with him. Guy says, “What if I offer you a million dollars to sleep with me?” The woman’s never had a million dollars in her life. She stops and considers the offer very seriously. The guy changes his mind, says, “What if I change my offer to a dollar instead?” Woman is aghast. “What kind of woman do you think I am?” Guy says, “We already figured that out. Now we’re just negotiating,” Antara Nayar.
14. “Isn’t that what history is all about? Politically, economically, geographically, imaginary lines being drawn and redrawn, over and over again?” Philip Price.
15. “My dad was a… petty thief. Never could hold down a job, so, he just robbed. Convenience stores, shops, small-time stuff. One time, he sat me down, he told me something I never forgot. He said, “Everyone steals. That’s how it works. You think people out there are getting exactly what they deserve? No. They’re getting paid over or under, but someone in the chain always gets bamboozled. I steal, Son, but I don’t get caught. That’s my contract with society. Now if you can *catch* me stealing, then I’ll go to jail, but if you can’t, then I’ve earned the money.” I respected that, man. I thought that was cool as a little kid. A few years after that, they finally caught him. Sent him to jail. Dies five years later. My respect goes with him. I thought he was free doing what he did, but he wasn’t. He was in prison. Just like you are now, Elliot. But I’m gonna break you out,” Mr. Robot.
16. “Look in the mirror. See that bad ass bitch? That’s the only person you should ever worry about,” Shayla Nico.
These quotes above capture the complexity and at times insanity of Mr. Robot. We have the original Season 1 trailer below. Give it a watch. And if you haven’t seen the show, it might inspire you to watch it! Soon the terms like Mr. Robot, F society and E Corp will be on your mind. Enjoy!
Mr. Robot Video – Season 1 Trailer
This is the must watch Official Extended Trailer for the first season in 2015. It will give you a good sense of what Mr. Robot is like and whether you will want to watch the whole series.
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