Mr. Robot: Season 4 Reviews

  • Aug 09, 2021

    excellent series, with very good plot

    excellent series, with very good plot

  • Jun 30, 2021

    This show is so amazing on so many levels. The cinematography, the original way to show mental illness, and how Sam Esmail managed to create a show where the plot doesn't even really matter. This is a masterpiece of a television show, and it is definitely the best one out there. The characters are just so beautifully written, compared to any other show out there, characters are either BAD or GOOD, not in Mr. Robot. All characters are BAD and GOOD. All of the characters have something that makes you hate them, and something that makes you love them. Even the characters that are boring and not so interesting, and actually boring to watch, because Sam Esmail's genius made sure to either have something else interesting happens in the scene, or just show more sides of the character instead of it just being: "Oh, this is a character and she is an assistant of this character, and you'll never learn anything else about her, she's just boring" instead it's more like: "Oh, this character is working for this business, but she also has a life, she's the main characters childhood friend, oh, and her parents' story is the same as the story of the main character (relatable)". This show will probably never be beaten, and for the people who don't like the show, well, you're probably also the type of guy to watch Marvel movies, and say they're all original, even though they're all the same. Overall 101/100, this show took it to another level.

    This show is so amazing on so many levels. The cinematography, the original way to show mental illness, and how Sam Esmail managed to create a show where the plot doesn't even really matter. This is a masterpiece of a television show, and it is definitely the best one out there. The characters are just so beautifully written, compared to any other show out there, characters are either BAD or GOOD, not in Mr. Robot. All characters are BAD and GOOD. All of the characters have something that makes you hate them, and something that makes you love them. Even the characters that are boring and not so interesting, and actually boring to watch, because Sam Esmail's genius made sure to either have something else interesting happens in the scene, or just show more sides of the character instead of it just being: "Oh, this is a character and she is an assistant of this character, and you'll never learn anything else about her, she's just boring" instead it's more like: "Oh, this character is working for this business, but she also has a life, she's the main characters childhood friend, oh, and her parents' story is the same as the story of the main character (relatable)". This show will probably never be beaten, and for the people who don't like the show, well, you're probably also the type of guy to watch Marvel movies, and say they're all original, even though they're all the same. Overall 101/100, this show took it to another level.

  • May 05, 2021

    Mr. Robot. Wow. Why haven't more people watched this beautiful, well-crafted show? What an incredible piece of visual storytelling. Season four was some truly fine serial filmmaking*. This show has so much to say... about capitalism and vigilantism, the nature of evil and the consequences of greed, and the devastating effects of trauma and the lengths we'll go to protect ourselves. There are so many layers I need to pull back and reflect on. I'll be processing this one for a long time. I may go back to revisit certain episodes. There were several that were standalone masterpieces (405 Method Not Allowed and 407 Proxy Authentication Required immediately jump to mind), allowing the show's creator, Sam Esmail, to really show off his command of film language and penchant for creative risk taking with genre-busting abandon. Things this series knocks out of the park: on-screen hacking (having actual hackers consult the writing staff helped make it real, and getting creative with editing kept the coding from being boring); the soundtrack and music cues (never shying away from emotion or humor through song); the editing (always keeping the pace strong and steady); the cinematography (you just didnt see a similar use of negative space on TV much if at all before this show); subverting genre in a non-gimmicky way while doing things that could have been gimmicky on other shows (veering from the established visual style as needed to build character, create a momentary mood, or crack a joke); cliffhanging nearly every episode (we stayed up too late too many nights). And can we talk about the acting?! Holy smoking Oscar, Rami Malek. I knew he was good but hot damn. Season four alone was a challenge many actors would not have been able to rise to. Then you have the supporting cast. Christian Slater nails it. BD Wong needs more big roles like this. Carly Chaikin proves she can hang in top tier dramas. Grace Gummer obviously inherited acting chops from her mama. All of the supporting cast were great, creating believable flawed people, but some of the characters became unexpected standouts providing some much needed comic relief thanks to their actors' total commitment to the role: the used car salesman turned villainous fixer, the hired henchman obsessed with Seinfeld, the wannabe drug lord with a soft spot for talk therapy. It was such a joy to watch them revel in the parts they played that I would often be grinning after one of their scenes (even after one of them axed someone to death). Yes, there were dark moments (maybe a half season too many?) and a few narrative missteps, and yeah, Im still not 100% clear on some of the subplots so there will be some googling in my future. But damn, if that was not a satisfying ending. An expertly-woven tale. It's that same high from finishing a really well-written book full of rich, complex characters and deeply layered themes that you'll think about for weeks. It was told with precision and invention and a bold approach that only works when the creator fully believes in their characters. Sign me up for more of Mr. Esmail's fireside stories. If you havent given Mr. Robot a try, go for it. 45 episodes of excellent, taut storytelling. It'll appeal to you if you like techno-thrillers, dark Robin Hood stories about sticking it to the man, twisty mysteries, mind-bending psychological dramas, things that make you question the nature of your own reality, and anti-hero protagonists.

    Mr. Robot. Wow. Why haven't more people watched this beautiful, well-crafted show? What an incredible piece of visual storytelling. Season four was some truly fine serial filmmaking*. This show has so much to say... about capitalism and vigilantism, the nature of evil and the consequences of greed, and the devastating effects of trauma and the lengths we'll go to protect ourselves. There are so many layers I need to pull back and reflect on. I'll be processing this one for a long time. I may go back to revisit certain episodes. There were several that were standalone masterpieces (405 Method Not Allowed and 407 Proxy Authentication Required immediately jump to mind), allowing the show's creator, Sam Esmail, to really show off his command of film language and penchant for creative risk taking with genre-busting abandon. Things this series knocks out of the park: on-screen hacking (having actual hackers consult the writing staff helped make it real, and getting creative with editing kept the coding from being boring); the soundtrack and music cues (never shying away from emotion or humor through song); the editing (always keeping the pace strong and steady); the cinematography (you just didnt see a similar use of negative space on TV much if at all before this show); subverting genre in a non-gimmicky way while doing things that could have been gimmicky on other shows (veering from the established visual style as needed to build character, create a momentary mood, or crack a joke); cliffhanging nearly every episode (we stayed up too late too many nights). And can we talk about the acting?! Holy smoking Oscar, Rami Malek. I knew he was good but hot damn. Season four alone was a challenge many actors would not have been able to rise to. Then you have the supporting cast. Christian Slater nails it. BD Wong needs more big roles like this. Carly Chaikin proves she can hang in top tier dramas. Grace Gummer obviously inherited acting chops from her mama. All of the supporting cast were great, creating believable flawed people, but some of the characters became unexpected standouts providing some much needed comic relief thanks to their actors' total commitment to the role: the used car salesman turned villainous fixer, the hired henchman obsessed with Seinfeld, the wannabe drug lord with a soft spot for talk therapy. It was such a joy to watch them revel in the parts they played that I would often be grinning after one of their scenes (even after one of them axed someone to death). Yes, there were dark moments (maybe a half season too many?) and a few narrative missteps, and yeah, Im still not 100% clear on some of the subplots so there will be some googling in my future. But damn, if that was not a satisfying ending. An expertly-woven tale. It's that same high from finishing a really well-written book full of rich, complex characters and deeply layered themes that you'll think about for weeks. It was told with precision and invention and a bold approach that only works when the creator fully believes in their characters. Sign me up for more of Mr. Esmail's fireside stories. If you havent given Mr. Robot a try, go for it. 45 episodes of excellent, taut storytelling. It'll appeal to you if you like techno-thrillers, dark Robin Hood stories about sticking it to the man, twisty mysteries, mind-bending psychological dramas, things that make you question the nature of your own reality, and anti-hero protagonists.

  • May 01, 2021

    The FBI agent makes this unbearable. The Dark Army is poorly written and tiresome. The reveal of what Mr. Robot really is is well written, but overall, the focus on Elliot's mental strife rather than any grounded plotline ends up dragging. I pace/tone the tone that season 1 set.

    The FBI agent makes this unbearable. The Dark Army is poorly written and tiresome. The reveal of what Mr. Robot really is is well written, but overall, the focus on Elliot's mental strife rather than any grounded plotline ends up dragging. I pace/tone the tone that season 1 set.

  • Apr 02, 2021

    This was really lame

    This was really lame

  • Mar 08, 2021

    Masterful and clever. It is so refreshing to witness a series that makes you think and feel. Like all good things, it borrows from other sources to create something completely unique. The best of modern storytelling.

    Masterful and clever. It is so refreshing to witness a series that makes you think and feel. Like all good things, it borrows from other sources to create something completely unique. The best of modern storytelling.

  • Mar 04, 2021

    just AMAZING, cannot say anything else.

    just AMAZING, cannot say anything else.

  • Feb 20, 2021

    Jesus. This was one of the greatest seasons of television of all time. Rami Malek is just a superstar in this, and Christian Slater has some of his best performances in this season. This decided to focus more on the mind of Elliot, and that was probably the best decision ever made by Esmail. Episode 407 is one of the most heart-breaking and greatest explorations of a broken mind while being one of the best episode in television of all time, being on par with Ozymandias from Breaking Bad, hell, even the season is on par with Breaking Bad. The finale was satisfying, it shared so many reveals that gives me a new look on the show as a whole. Mr Robot is the story of the broken mind of Elliot Alderson, and this season shows it. My Rating - 9.5/10.

    Jesus. This was one of the greatest seasons of television of all time. Rami Malek is just a superstar in this, and Christian Slater has some of his best performances in this season. This decided to focus more on the mind of Elliot, and that was probably the best decision ever made by Esmail. Episode 407 is one of the most heart-breaking and greatest explorations of a broken mind while being one of the best episode in television of all time, being on par with Ozymandias from Breaking Bad, hell, even the season is on par with Breaking Bad. The finale was satisfying, it shared so many reveals that gives me a new look on the show as a whole. Mr Robot is the story of the broken mind of Elliot Alderson, and this season shows it. My Rating - 9.5/10.

  • Jan 29, 2021

    Total waste of time after season 1.

    Total waste of time after season 1.

  • Jan 26, 2021

    Mr. Robot for the win! Great show. Great overall plot. Great, great final season! It's deep and you have to pay attention, but it's worth it.

    Mr. Robot for the win! Great show. Great overall plot. Great, great final season! It's deep and you have to pay attention, but it's worth it.