New US drama Mr. Robot, from the USA Network, has its Australian television premiere on Presto from today.
The series follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a young computer programmer who works as a cyber-security engineer by day and as a vigilante hacker by night. A loner with a social phobia of being around most people, Elliot believes in using his computing skills to help those he cares about, as well as to punish those he believes are bringing harm to others.
However, Elliot finds himself at a crossroad when a mysterious leader (Christian Slater) of an underground hacker group recruits him to destroy the firm he is paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.
The series also stars Portia Doubleday (Her), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory) and Martin Wallström (Simple Simon). Sam Esmail (Comet) is writer and executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin (True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding) also serve as executive producers.
The first seven episodes are available to stream from today with the remaining episodes added shortly after their US broadcast. It has also been renewed for a second season.
“Mr. Robot is daring piece of television which tackles the controversial subject of hacking. It has critics and audiences raving, especially about the standout performance of Rami Malek as Elliot, and we are delighted to make the series available first in Australia as a premiere to Presto subscribers,” Presto Interim CEO Shaun James said.
“Mr. Robot continues Presto’s commitment to provide compelling content offering for its customers and follows the recent acquisition of the David Duchovny starring drama series Aquarius which has become the most watched series ever on the service since launch.”
In March, the first episode premiered in the US at the South by Southwest Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Episodic Television.
Mr. Robot has been described as “The Social Network meets ‘Occupy Wall Street’”, and has already won widespread critical acclaim – an “A”-rated review (Entertainment Weekly), the “most buzzworthy new show” (Ad Age), “a modern classic” (www.forbes.com), “one of the best shows of the summer” (www.nerdist.com) and “damn near perfect” (www.cinemablend.com).