Culturally resonant hacker drama Mr. Robot dropped its season 2 trailer this week and will premiere Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c on USA Network.
Emmys: 2 wins 6 nominations
Elliot Alderson is a senior network technician for cyber security firm Allsafe by day, and a ‘vigilante hacker’ by night.
He basically turns in unscrupulous people after doing extensive research on them. Elliot prefers self-medication by morphine, an addiction he mediates with suboxone.
Mr. robot starts conversing with Elliot indirectly on the subway rambling. Soon after he is forced to respond to a DDoS attack on Evil Corp servers at 3:00 in the morning.
While stopping the breach, Elliot discovers a file planted in the Evil Corp directory titled “fsociety” that says ‘leave me here’. Mr. Robot braces him on the subway and Elliot follows him to an arcade full of hackers.
Elliott initially plans to take down the hacker group fsociety, but has a change of heart after several poignant conversations with Mr. Robot. Mr. Robot then gives him a terminal IP address to frame an executive, Terry Colby.
Elliot plants the hack and it successfully frames top evil corp executive Terry Colby, who is arrested. ‘Fsociety’ then makes several demands via a viral video, mainly that Evil Corp dissolve itself, its corruption, and everyone’s debt to it.
The next move according to Mr. Robot is to blow up ‘Steel mountain’ which would essentially reset the world economy, but would risk and potentially take innocent lives something Elliot cannot agree to.
Fsociety disappears for a short time basically because of Elliot’s lack of cooperation. Mr. Robot then brings to the surface Evil Corp’s past, and how a toxic leak killed Elliot’s father who worked there.
Fernando Vera gets locked up by an anonymous tip and concludes that it was Elliot. He detains Shayla and forces Elliot to hack the prison, opening every cell after which he finds his girlfriend Shayla dead.
Elliot plants a raspberry pi in the climate control system of Steel Mountain, but the plan falls through because the Chinese hacker group Dark Army pulled out.
Elliot and Mr Robot start colluding again and recruit the fsociety crew back in to give it another shot. Ultimately It is revealed that Mr. Robot was a figment of Elliot’s imagination and he did everything that Mr. Robot was doing like recruit fsociety and start the impending revolution.
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1 win: 2016
“I understand what it’s like to be different. I’m very different too.” — Elliot Alderson
“I don’t know how to talk to people. My dad was the only one I could talk to. But he died.” — Elliot Alderson
“I remember when I was a kid, I got into web design by ripping off sites I liked. All you had to do was view source on your browser and there it was, the code. You could copy-paste it, modify it a little, put your name on it, and like that, it was your site.” — Elliot Alderson
“Every day we change the world. but to change the world in a way that means anything, that takes more time that 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
“Hackers. We inherently trust no one. Including each other.” — Elliot Alderson
Sometimes I dream of saving the world. Saving everyone from the invisible hand. The one that brands us with an employee badge. The one that forces us to work for them. The one that controls us every day with out us knowing it. But I cant stop it. I’m not that special. Im just anonymous. I’mm just alone. If it werent for qwerty I’d be completely empty. — Elliot Alderson
“A bug is never just a mistake. It represents something bigger. An error of thinking. That makes you who you are.” — Elliot Alerdson
“Most coders think degugging software is about fixing a mistake. But that’s bullshit. Debugging’s actually all about finding the bug, about understanding why the bug was there to begin with, about knowing that it’s existence was no accident. It came to you to deliver a message, like an unconcious bubble floating to the surface, popping with a revelation you’ve secretly known all along.” — Elliot Alderson
“The bug forces the software to adapt, evolving into something new because of it. Work around it or work through it. No matter what, it changes. It becomes something new. The next version. The inevitable upgrade.” — Elliot Alderson
“Bugs usually get a bad rap. But sometimes, when a bug finally makes itself known, it can be exhilarating. Like you just unlocked something. A grand opportunity, waiting to be taking advantage of.” — Elliot Alderson
“Because, after all, a bug’s only purpose, its only reason for existence, is to be a mistake that needs fixing, to help you right a wrong. And what feels better than that?” — Elliot Alderson
“There it is again the invisible hand at work. Controlling us. Even if it pushes us past our threshold of pain.” — Elliot Alderson
“Choices. Maybe Mr. Robot’s right. That’s what this is all about, the yesses and nos of life. But do we decide them or do they decide us?” — Elliott Alderson
“Shit. There’s basically no scenario in which I’m not getting killed or going to jail.” — Elliot Alderson
“One minute ’til Vera. For all his insane, inhumane ideas, he does understand the world– the wild savagery of the world. At times, right and wrong don’t matter. Only our struggle to survive and to continue to survive.” — Elliot Alderson
“I don’t just hack you Krista. I hack everyone– my friends, coworkers. But I’ve helped a lot of people. I want… a way out of loneliness… just like you. Is that what you wanted to hear?” — Elliot Alderson
“Nothing is actually impenetrable. A place like this says it is, and it’s close, but people still built this place. And if you can hack the right person all of a sudden you have a piece of powerful malware. People always make the best exploits. I’ve never found it hard to hack most people. If you listen to them, watch them, their vulnerabilities are like a neon signa screwed into their heads.” — Elliot Alderson
“You’ve been staring at a computer screen way too long homie. Life’s not that binary.” — Elliot Alderson
“I never wanna be right about my hacks but people always find a way to disappoint.” — Elliot Alderson
“Forever buried in my digital cemetery.” — Elliot Alderson
“But I’m only a vigilante hacker by night. By day, just a regular cyber security engineer, employee number ER28-0652.” — Elliot Alderson
“She was right, I like most of the people but our business at cyber security protects corporations. I can’t think of anything I hate more.” — Elliot Alderson
“I’m good at reading people. My secret: I look for the worst in them.” — Elliot Alderson
“He’s not a techie he’s a moron. An arrogant moron. The worst kind.” — Elliot Alderson
“What do normal people do when they get this sad? They talk to a friend or family member. I take morphene.” — Elliot Alderson
“The lock pick. Every hacker’s favorite sport. The perfect system to crack, mostly because unlike virtual systems, when you break it you can feel it. you can see it. you can hear it.” — Elliot Alderson
“What the hell am I doing this chick is out of her mind batshit crazy.” — Elliott Alderson
“Theres a saying: the devil’s at his strongest while we’re looking the other way, like a program running in the background silently, while we’re busy doing other shit. Daemons, they call them. They perform action without user interaction. Monitoring, logging, notifications. Primal urges, repressed memories, unconscious habits. They’re always there, always active. We can try to be right, we can try to be good. We can try to make a difference, but it’s all bullshit. Cause intentions are irrelevant. They don’t drive us. Daemons do. And me? I’ve got more than most.” — Elliott Alderson
“Daemons. They don’t stop working, they’re always active. They seduce. They manipulate. They own us.” — Elliott Alderson
“We all must deal with them alone. the best we can hope for. the only silver lining in all of this– is that when we break through, we find a few familiar faces waiting on the other side.” — Elliott Alderson
Deductive, categorical, subjunctive, and uncompromising Elliot Alderson is a Rational.
Angela Moss is Elliot’s childhood best friend and Allsafe colleague. Her mother was also taken during the Washington Township Toxic Waste Scandal that took Elliot’s father.
She is dating a co-worker Ollie Parker who cheats on her. She is an extremely hard worker but also very kindhearted. Her and Elliot have been best friends since childhood.
As an Allsafe account executive, Angela has over five years of marketing innovation experience with hands on knowledge and go to market routes, business strategy and the ability to connect marketing to sales growth. She is ambitious but lacks confidence, savvy but lacks technological skills.
Angela starts investigating the toxic leak that killed her and Elliot’s parents. She tries to meet with a lawyer who had worked on the case but the lawyer says there’s no chance of winning the case or doing anything productive about it.
She gets a meeting with Terry Colby, who insults her and tells her to leave, but then calls her back and takes her deal. Angela’s involvement in digging up the toxic leak case has repercussions at work, as her boss says the entire company will sustain PR damage as a result. She quits.
Terry Colby braces her at her father’s home, and offers her a job. “I’m not working there. They killed my mother.” She takes the job anyway.
“It’s fine I’ll get over it.” — Angela Moss
“You’re gonna be ok.” — Angela Moss
“Don’t take this the wrong way but I envy you. I wish I could talk to my mom again. Even if she isn’t real.” — Angela Moss
“We always knew what evil corp did, we didn’t have the proof, but we knew. We were right about it all along. In fact, that news report wasn’t a confirmation, it was a reminder of how angry I am.” — Angela Moss
“Something is going on with you Elliot you have not been the same the past couple of months, and this happened before Shayla.” — Angela Moss
“You’re lying! You don’t talk to me anymore! Just tell me what to do here. Because the only solution I can think of is to give up.” — Angela Moss
“You didn’t have to stick up for me in there. I know you were just trying to help but just don’t do it again” — Angela Moss
I have an idea that will change the world. I know it sounds really stupid, but I know how to do it. I think it could actually work. I can’t tell you what it is, because– — Angela Moss
“Even if I’m losing, let me lose. Ok?” — Angela Moss
“I don’t do drugs.. I mean.. I smoke weed sometimes..” — Angela Moss
“So you were drunk, eating shrimp cocktail, and it was raining when you decided my mother would die?” — Angela Moss
“I work for a company that doesn’t respect me. My boyfriend cheated on me, and my father is drowning in debt.” — Angela Moss
Altruistic, credulous, harmonizing, and diplomatic Angela Moss is an Idealist.
Darlene is the moody and standoffish member of fsociety. Elliot relies on her resilience and creativity for quick problem solving and fast hacks. She is an excellent lock picker, a crass jokester and a jobless transient. She obtains money from hacking ATMs.
Darlene has ties (a guy named Cisco whom she was in a relationship with briefly) to the “dark army” the worlds most dangerous hacker crew.
She uses this contact to try and assist in the Steel Mountain project but fails in this endeavor. Her deal with boyfriend Cisco falls through and hamstrings the entire operation. Darlene then moves in with Elliott and helps him deal with Fernando Vera.
Darlene is able to acquire a meeting with Chinese hacker ‘whitestar’. It is revealed that Darlene is Elliot’s sister and they basically founded fsociety together as kids.
“Well, I don’t live anywhere at the present. The douche I was dating proposed to me, can you believe? I mean, what an asshole.” — Darlene
“It’s whatevs. He’ll take me back. We just gotta get over this whole ‘love is forever’ bullshit.” — Darlene
“I’ll do my disappearing act for a minute and then he’ll come to his senses. You know, its our thing.” — Darlene
“I like to stay on my toes.” — Darlene
“Cut the bullshit. When are you gonna give us access to the root directory?” — Darlene
C’mon kid, we got big things in store. Big things. — Darlene
“I wrote that rootkit. I still have to put Colby’s IP in the dat file. Dickhead.” — Darlene
“I would’ve saved you the trip to the door but you’re all like…. against me breaking in or whatever.” — Darlene
“I suggest you get a grip.” — Darlene
“Elliot. The reasons why we wanted to do this, the reason why we all want to do this, are real. And maybe you don’t realize this yet, but you came up with this. It was your idea.” — Darlene
“This bitch can plie with the best of em.” — Darlene
“You know when I’m not bangin’ on a keyboard, I’m schooling classmates with moves like this!” — Darlene
“Good lookin’ out” — Darlene
“We’re finally awake. We’re finally free.” — Darlene
“I am a menace to society” — Darlene
“Handled, I happen to be really smart and good at things.” — Darlene
Cynical, artistic, audacious, and adaptable Darlene is an Artisan.
Tyrell Wellick is the SVP of technology at Evil Corp and is of Swedish heritage. He is old fashioned and an avid coder that likes to run linux.
After the Terry Colby hacking scandal, Wellick is appointed Interim Chief Technology Officer. Tyrell was looking forward to and prepared for a promotion to CTO that keeps failing to go through. He vents his frustration by beating the shit out of a homeless man.
Tyrell is extremely ambitious, and obedient to his wife Joanna, whom is pregnant and also Swedish. Joanna is very up to date on Tyrell’s career machinations, and even makes decisions for him in this regard.
The position of CTO at Evil Corp is eventually given to Scott Knowles, whom Tyrell and his wife engage socially.
After an awkward situation with Knowles’s wife, Knowles taunts Wellick and says he’ll never be CTO. In his frustration, he fires three random executives with minimum severance packages.
When they asked ‘what did we do?’
He simply replies ‘nothing.’
Wellick again tries to seduce Knowles’s wife, and does, and then slays her on an evil corp rooftop via asphyxiation.
Tyrell is eventually fired for his implication in the murder of Sharon Knowles, at which point he approaches and colludes with Elliot. Elliot wakes up in Tyrell’s Cadillac and Tyrell is nowhere to be found.
“It’s gonna be fun working with you. Bonsair, Elliot.” — Tyrell Wellick
Old habits die hard. — Tyrell Wellick
“Everything I do is for us.” — Tyrell Wellick
“I’m just a businessman.” — Tyrell Wellick
“Clearly this is tragic but unfortunately work goes on.” — Tyrell Wellick
“I know you framed Terry Colby. Your father worked at Evil Corp before he died. That’s a matter of public record. I’m not turning you in if that’s what you’re thinking. I don’t even have proof. And even if i did, I don’t care.”
“I just wanted to know your weakness. Now I do. Revenge. How ordinary.
But even extraordinary people. and you are. are driven by human banalities.”
“and unfortunately we’re all human, except me of course.” — Tyrell Wellick
“We need to reassess our focus. Find another way.” — Tyrell Wellick
“Not everyone is as miserable as you are, babe.” — Tyrell Wellick
“Since when is progress failure.” — Tyrell Wellick
“Well I consider myself at the the very least reprimanded.” — Tyrell Wellick
“Are you saying you don’t crave a bold entrance every time, over and over, sustained?” — Tyrell Wellick
“Thank you for a lovely evening.” — Tyrell Wellick
“Isn’t everything about something?” — Tyrell Wellick
“I have put myself, and us, at risk. There is no way around this.” — Tyrell Wellick
“I have overstepped my place. I have to take a step back. Remain patient.” — Tyrell Wellick