As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I had started watching Mr. Robot because I had heard that it not only won the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama, but also the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series… but Christian Slater.
Growing up, I loved me some Christian Slater. Pump Up the Volume was regular watching material in my house on a weatherbeaten VHS tape. That movie was my thing. I still have the soundtrack.
Slater fell off the radar in the early 2000s, and I had secretly hoped for him to return a la Robert Downey, Jr. one day. Hearing that he had won an award drove me to pick up on iTunes and check it out.
And I’m glad I did.
The series is another “hacker story” that starts off feeling like The Matrix and the carries a vibe similar to Breaking Bad. (Decent people making less than stellar decisions resulting in stuff happening. And stuff.)
SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT. STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW
The third thing it borrows from? Fight Club. It does it well, though. I guessed early on that Mr. Robot was Elliot’s father, but I was waiting for some clever explanation as to why he didn’t recognize him and why he was still alive. Plastic surgery? Amnesia?
The problem with the show is that now I want to watch it AGAIN to look for the sort of clues that set ups like that provide. (You know: watching how Bruce Willis interacts with everyone in The Sixth Sense.)
I just might make Shannon watch it so I can watch it again with her.
The good/bad news? It doesn’t wrap up the story (bad) which means that there is a season two on the way (good). With the big reveal over, though, I am hoping the series can carry itself on the merit of the characters and the fsociety storyline. I guess we shall see.
In either case, it was great to see Christian Slater on point again. No, I might just have to spend some time next weekend watching Pump Up the Volume.
ADDED NOTE: PUTV isn’t on iTunes. GET OFF YOUR ASS, APPLE! There is, however, an episode of Rastamouse named “Pump Up Da Volume” available and – yes – Rastamouse is a real thing.