This buzzy, critically-acclaimed drama, that follows the hacktivism movement as a means of taking down corporate America, was a hit when it premiered in fall 2015 and even walked away with the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama. The fascinating, fast-paced psychological thriller is a testament to the Golden Age of Television we’re living in, but somehow, there are still loads of people who haven’t made the time to tune in! Just in time for the season 2 premiere tonight—10pm on Showcase—we’ve come up with 5 solid reasons for you to “join the revolution” and binge the first season on Shomi rn.
You will fall in love with Rami Malek, instantly. Maybe it’s his honest, emotional vulnerability; maybe it’s his striking green eyes. Whatever it is, Malek will keep you glued to the screen no matter what. He plays Elliot Alderson, a socially anxious security engineer at Allsafe Cybersecurity by day and a vigilante hacker by night. You find yourself automatically rooting for him to succeed, supporting his decision to, you know, take down a powerful corporate conglomerate, no matter the consequences.
The whole cast is pretty freakin’ talented—and there’s tons of #GirlBosses. Christian Slater took home a Golden Globe of his own for his role as Mr. Robot himself but TBH, the girls are the ones to watch in this series. Elliot’s childhood friend and coworker Angela (Portia Doubleday) takes on the head of the corporation whose careless actions resulted in the death of her mother. Darlene, Elliot’s fellow fsociety hacker (Carly Chaikin), is just as badass and tech-savvy as Elliot. And while Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen) is simply introduced to us as the wife of a SVP at E Corp, her cold, calculating demeanour and ruthless nature quickly made her a stand-out character on the show (aka we’re super-excited that she’s been promoted to a main role for season 2).
If you love your smartphone, you’ll be into it. Whether we’re falling love with AI devices like Joaquin Phoenix in Her (or you know, that dude that tried to marry his laptop in the States), or hearing about real-life hacking and information leaking through WikiLeaks or Anonymous, it’s clear that our world is obsessed with technology and the struggle to reveal and conceal what others want to keep hidden. You might not be able to understand the code that Elliot character whips through, but the show makes a point of explaining what the hackers and tech corps are doing at all times, so you can feel v tech-savvy yourself.
It takes Facebook-stalking to a whole new level. Let she who has never Facebook-stalked her new boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend’s best friend because she commented on that one pic cast the first stone. Social media has p much unleashed a latent curiosity in all of us—but imagine if you could see everyone’s messages, e-mails, private profile content and more? Sure, we would never do that to someone…but we love to watch Elliot lurk every friend, coworker, therapist and therapist’s boyfriend that he comes across. Call it a guilty pleasure.
Sh*t gets real, like all the time. From drug addiction to bondage to straight-up murder, it appears that very little (if anything) is off-limits in this show. The twists and turns keep you spinning (and occasionally questioning reality), while Elliot talks directly to you from inside his head. There isn’t a single episode without an emotional breakdown, a soul-crushing revelation, or a hack that will effectively change the course of history—meaning there is never a dull moment. The series fits the “thriller” genre perfectly.