If there are two things the Ars staff have craved for the past year, it’s a return to podcasting and the return of Mr Robot. If you feel the same way, we have good news.
Welcome to decodedArs Technica’s Weekly Podcast for Season 2 of Mr Robot.
For our debut episode, we take an exclusive look back at season one through the eyes (er, words) of protagonist Elliot Alderson (played by Rami Malek). Despite the Internet’s (justifiable) obsession with the show’s realistic depiction of technology, Ars reviewer Jonathan Gitlin said the characters and especially how “they break down and experience their delusions” is what makes Mr Robot immersive. So if you’re looking for breakdowns and delusions, there’s no better way to relive Season 1 than through the words of Elliot.
We also talk to one of the most well-known TV voices out there: NPR’s chief critic Eric Deggans. Deggan watches a lot of television, and in a crowded field in 2015, he felt Mr Robot stood out from the crowd:
On the surface, this series is a tortuous, unpredictable drama about a deranged hacker trying to break into the world’s largest company. But Rami Malek’s performance as hacker Elliot Alderson is a masterpiece of detached charm. You begin the series believing that this is a story about an eccentric prodigy who exposes how corporations control the world. But Malek’s Alderson is an unreliable narrator, turning the series into a darker, more intimate mystery airing on a cable channel once known for lighter “blue sky” adventure dramas and mysteries. This is what modern cable television drama should look like: surprising, revolutionary, and revealing.
No spoilers, but Deggans has seen the first episodes of Season 2 and has high hopes for the series going forward. He shares the story of how Mr Robot caught him off guard last summer and all Batman vs Superman could have learned from this little hack drama that could.
Moving forward, decoded will run weekly alongside the upcoming season’s Mr Robot. Look for new episodes on Thursday or Friday so we can discuss what’s happening weekly with the show (which airs Wednesdays at 10pm ET in the US). We have episodes available via iTunes, Stitchr, RSS and direct download on the site, so now is the time to catch Season 1 of Mr Robot on Amazon Prime if you haven’t already.
decoded is Ars Technica’s weekly podcast for season 2 of Mr Robot. Listen or subscribe as you please above, and let us know what you think – thoughts, questions, criticism, or your favorite weird Tyrell Wellick personality trait – via the comments section, on iTunes, or via email.