Are you ready for more shows about how geeks don't understand humans and emotions and regular social interactions and how to tie their own shoes? Well get ready. In the wake of the success of Scorpion, USA Network is rushing ahead with Mr. Robot, a show starring Christian Slater.
Sadly, Mr. Robot is not actually a show about a fancy robot. Rather, it's a show about:
Elliot (Rami Malek), who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations recruiting him to bring down corporate America.
Those geeks who can only connect to people by hacking them. (Not with chainsaws, but like computers.) We all know somebody like that, amirite? Slater is going to play the show's titular role of Mr. Robot, "a mysterious anarchist who recruits Elliot into an underground hacker group." (Note: All previous articles about this show made it sound like the main character, the antisocial guy who deals with social interactions by "hacking" people, is Mr. Robot. But apparently that's a separate character.)
The real question is, will this show be as realistic in its depictions of hacking as Scorpion? Or as the upcoming TV show CSI: Cyber? Truly this is a bountiful time for fans of nerd stereotypes on television. [Deadline]