Hello, friend. If you’ve been a Radio Motherboard listener, you know that we’re big fans of Mr. Robot, USA’s moody, disorienting hacker drama. In fact, Motherboard and Mr. Robot’s respective moods align so closely that Lucy Teitler, a former Motherboard freelancer, is now a staff writer for the show’s second season.
We talk to Lucy about how she made the shift from security journalism to tv writing, why she thinks Mr. Robot hasn’t gotten hacked, and her brand new play debuting soon off Broadway.
This is the first episode of a brand new podcast series being launched by Radio Motherboard. On #fsociety, staff writers Jason Koebler and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai will discuss the parallels between the hacks on each episode of this season of Mr. Robot and the ones we see in real life. Apologies for the delay on this first episode—we’ll try to catch up to the series by next week, and will continue to post episodes each week. Search #fsociety on iTunes or your favorite podcast app to subscribe.
It’s been an astoundingly good couple years for television shows and movies that fit into the Motherboard orb of interest. Whenever people ask me what Motherboard is, I tell them we write about stories that are like Black Mirror, but real. Now, I’ve got to add Mr. Robot to my short list of major series that perfectly fit the Motherboard aesthetic.
We were slightly late to binge watching our way through USA’s harrowing hacker series, but now that (some) of us have watched it all the way through, we’ve got plenty of thoughts. My first one: How the hell did a show like this even get made? That’s not a criticism by any stretch—it’s just that Mr. Robot is so unlike anything else on TV that it’s surprising a network took a risk on it. From there, we talk about Mr. Robot’s realism, its character development, and our thoughts on where the show might go from here.
If you haven’t seen the show, you can still listen to part of this episode: The first half is more-or-less spoiler free, and the second half is for people who have watched the whole series.