Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackers to join their organization. Elliot's task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running -- and ruining -- the world
This is an amazing original series that came out of no where. Being a fan of tech, great writing and intense dark suspense. This has it all and great acting as well. The premise of the show. A young psychologically unbalanced programmer is working for one of the evil security corporations in New york. But is secretly one of the biggest know vigilante hackers. This series shows the almost reality based struggles brilliant geeks, hackers and programmers go through with the struggle of working for money hungry corporations and the freedom of coding and programming. Rami Malek (Eliot Alderson) plays the extremely believable realistic hacker that is tormented by ghost from his past as well as the distortion of his current reality as he tries to hold his life and mind together.
The multiple characters Eliot is surrounded by are incredible. His fellow hackers, his college friends and coworkers all makes the story so relevant and real. Without revealing too much spoilers. Eliot's psychosis stems from a lot of his family encounters and the world view of his father. The show movies slowly through the character development of the cast so you will come to an understanding who they are and where they are in the grand scheme of things. Character development is key for the director, creator and writer of this series (Sam Esmail). It shows each time he introduces a new ongoing character to the story line. The story still centers around the main character of Eliot that you just don't know where his head is. Eliot goes through so much turmoil in his own life that he doesn't realize that his actions are influencing thousands of others. Be very careful with trying to figure out what is presented to you for the first half of the series because the writing is so sophisticated and his acting is done so well. You get totally involved with what is on screen. Their are points in the show that they are telling you exactly what is going on but the intensity of the scenes keeps you distracted from the obvious. So understand, this may not be for the fast food generation that wants their story delivered to them from the drive through window. its a long slow burn that ends with a lot of, "What?" And sometimes the what makes you feel like damn am I dumb. Well worth the time for people to go through and stimulate and challenge their mind.