Continuing a series after the big reveal. Case Study: Mr. Robot.

July 16, 2016

 

Mr. Robot is my favorite television show. About mid-way through the first season, writer Sam Esmail reveals--SPOILER ALERT--that the main character, Elliot, suffers from a form of schizophrenia. The protagonist, Elliot, and the antagonist, Mr. Robot, are the same person! 

 

Some critics argued that the show would have difficulty after such a big reveal. How could Esmail ever again surprise the audience post pulling the Palahniuk card? Won't the viewer get bored watching Elliot battle clearly defined demons? 

 

Season two started this week and I think Esmail has answered those questions with a resounding No. As long as the characters are interesting and have new challenges that allow them to evolve, it's easy to watch and wait for the next big reveal. 

 

The key is the confidence the audience has in the writer to take us to new places. As Esmail wrote, "A con doesn't work without the confidence." And what's a series except a long con--a story that continues to confound our expectations with each new plot twist?

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