Sometimes I’ll start watching a show and catch the wave of popularity as it crests into the frothy frenzy it may or may not create. Other times I’ll miss it altogether and people will talk about it so much at work that I have no choice but to watch it and have some idea of what my coworkers are talking about or at the very least contribute to the conversation.
I had heard of Mr. Robot from a couple of people. Most of the hype I found, fittingly, online. The prevalent comments were about how right the production captured the essence of someone being a hacker, and they were right. Many shows have tried like including anything from one of the myriad of CSI style shows. I don’t claim to know anything about hacking, cracking, or what color hat I would wear if I were able to. However, I do know that there is more to cracking and solving crime than “enhance & zoomify” to ridiculous levels of detail.
Mr. Robot isn’t so much about the hacking or solving crimes as it is about the people involved in the story lines. In the first episode, Elliot confronts a coffee shop owner with a lot of child pornography. Going into great, accurate detail on how he found the evidence and what he was going to do with it convinced me that this was a show to binge on. On my second viewing, I paid a little more attention to the music that was in that same scene. It reminded me of Trent Reznor’s work on The Social Network.
At first I thought it was Trent Reznor doing the soundtrack but I don’t remember him saying that he was involved. I even thought that it was someone wanting to pay for a Reznor type sound on a student film budget. Turns out, Mac Quayle is a very talented composer doing some cutting edge film and tv scores.
The best part about the score he created for Mr. Robot adds an extra character to the scene without it being the loud and obnoxious type. It’s subtle and you know it’s there, and you know that it’s not going to take away from the scene. Hell, it may even give you a clue to something that you weren’t aware of or, what some shows are doing these days, an audio cipher if you will.
Part of the fun listening to the album is seeing the names of the tracks. They include a nod to different audio file types that people listen to. All you have to do is look at the names of the tracks on the album and know that sometime it’s not just the words in the script that the story line is about.