Season 2 M-Net Edge (*102) 21:00 Cyber-crime action show Mr Robot (2015-current) is all about twists, turns and unexpected surprises. By the end of season 1 in September 2015, fans learnt that Mr Robot (Christian Slater), the leader of the F.Society hackers, wasn’t real – he was a figment of computer security engineer Elliot Alderson’s (Rami Malek) imagination! And that’s not the only interesting thing about the show…
Episode titles have dual meanings: 1
a computer term and the episode theme. For example, season 1 episode 2 is titled “ones-andzer0es” – 1s and 0s make up the binary language used in computer software. It’s one or the other – there’s no other option… and in that episode, Elliot’s forced to choose between two life options.
The titles also end in various video 2 file formats, like mp4, avi or mkv. Mr Robot was going to be a full3
length film but while writing it, show creator Sam Esmail realised that “it was just too long. So I took the first 20 pages [of the 89] and turned it into a [TV series] pilot”.
Like Rami, Sam is of Egyptian des4
cent and he got his idea for the show from youths in the Middle East who had used social media, like Twitter and Facebook, to lash out at oppressive ruling forces in recent years.
The computer software used on 5
Mr Robot is 95% real – it’s Linux/ Unix based, with “one or two specially designed programs” being used in some of the scenes.
The F.Society hacker group is 6
based on real-life hacker activists Anonymous, who were “working” in South Africa this year – they attacked the SABC’s websites in June, as well as government-linked sites in February.
Any scenes set in Times Square 7
were filmed on 3 July in 2015 and 2016 – Mr Robot wasn’t granted a permit to close the iconic landmark for taping, so they filmed “the night before the 4th Of July Independence Day holiday,” explains Sam, “because that’s when the place is emptiest.” Mr Robot’s Rami Malek.