'Mr. Robot' a Lazy, Leftist Anti-Corporate-Greed Screed

It takes most new series at least 5 or 6 episodes before they complete the metamorphosis into full-blown mouthpiece for the left. Then there’s USA’s new series “Mr. Robot,” which took literally all of about 5 or 6 seconds to come to full collectivist froth.

The following clip is from the very beginning of the very first episode:

What I'm about to tell you is Top Secret. A conspiracy bigger than all of us. There's a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world. I'm talking about the guys no one knows about, the guys that are invisible. The top 1% of the top 1%, the guys that play God without permission.

Nice how the left sees fit to work in references to God when it suits an anti-corporate agenda, isn’t it? But hey, no biggie, right? Maybe this was just some fleeting, obligatory swipe at corporations before “Mr. Robot” gets on with the serious business of awesome story-telling set against the backdrop of the exciting world of cybersecurity? Right? Wrong.

While sitting in the psychiatrist’s office (he’s got issues) our main character, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), is struggling to answer questions until his shrink asks him one that he is all too willing to answer. She asks him: “What is it about society that disappoints you?”

The perfectly lobbed softball gives Elliot the chance to intro who he really is to the audience, and he wastes no time. He blames corporatism and consumerism for every malady under the sun, and takes a huge shot at Steve Jobs, who he chastises for “making billions” off of children through sweatshop labor overseas.

What’s hilarious about this is that the Elliot Alderson character in “Mr. Robot” is a cybersecurity tech. A job that might not --check that-- absolutely would not be as high-profile, well-compensated, or in-demand (or maybe exist at all!) had it not been for Jobs and people like Jobs who brought forth the technological age.

But I digress. A couple minutes later Alderson gets to his real beef when he goes through one of his many, many internal dialogues cataloguing all the reasons why he hates his love interest’s current boyfriend. Chief among the reasons for his animus is the fact that the boyfriend has George W. Bush’s “Decision Points” listed among books he’s recently read on his Facebook page - because no "hip," progressive show is complete without a swipe at Bush, right?

He also dislikes that the guy has “Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen” listed among his favorite movies, an obvious shot at Michael Bay who, along with Clint Eastwood, is one of the few conservative movie directors in Hollywood.

But if you thought Elliot Alderson was done telling you about all the people he doesn’t like, and why he’s smarter than everyone around him...well…I don’t know why you would think that because that’s pretty much all he does:


E Corp, the largest conglomerate in the world... They're so big, they're literally everywhere. A perfect monster of modern society. The E might as well stand for Evil. In fact, after a thorough, intensive self-reprogramming, that's all my mind hears, sees, or reads when they pop up in my world. Evil Corp. Krista would have a (EXPLETIVE) fit if she knew I did that. But that's what they are-- a conglomerate of evil. And now I have to help them. There are six on-site engineers on your account. Plus a few off-site. There he is, Terry Colby, the CTO. Even though he's the head technology guy at one of the biggest companies in the world, he owns a Blackberry. So this is it right here. But also looks like he doesn't see a terminal very often. He's not a techie. He's a moron. An arrogant moron. The worst kind.

At this point, the show borders on parody, with the dark foreboding music as the completely non-foreboding corporate execs from E-Corp, or “Evil Corp” as Elliot refers to them, walk into the room, and the E’s on everyone’s computers which just happen to be tilted at precisely the right angle so as to resemble the Enron E.

Come on, that’s just lazy. At least try.

Yet, the piece de resistance was saved for later in the show when Mr. Robot himself (Christian Slater), who I’m guessing is an imaginary alter-ego ala Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club, lays out their grand scheme for deconstructing the corporate empire. A scheme that would involve hacking into the consumer credit division of “Evil Corp” and erasing any record of the billions of dollars people owe them. Thus, as Mr. Robot puts it, resulting in “the single greatest incident of wealth redistribution in history.”

It always comes back to wealth redistribution with the left. They really are the one-trickiest of all one-trick ponies, aren’t they? So there you have it. USA decided to try their hand with an overtly biased television show that takes aim at free enterprise. And they did it by basically combining Rain Man, Good Will Hunting, and Fight Club all into one character.

I like the show. But I am absolutely mortified by its message and the fact that its debut was so well-received that the show has already been green-lit for a second season.

I guess I’ll just have to add it to the list of other things that scare me about America in 2015. Hint: It’s a really long list.