Mr. Robot Script Analysis: Breakdown the Pilot Episode
If you have been living under a rock then you won’t understand what the big deal is with the amazing and award winning show Mr. Robot.
The show follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.
As a show is pretty game changing and it brought back one of my favorite 90’s stars, Christian Slater. The way the show is shot and produced is original and the acting is top notch but what really stands out is the storytelling.
The good folks over at FilmCourage.com interviewed story doctor and UCLA Screenwriting Instructor Peter Russell. Russell dissected the pilot episode of the show in this series of informative videos. The result is a new understanding of Mr. Robot, it’s characters, plot, and storytelling style. Any screenwriter would be foolish not to study this show’s storytelling style.
To look at the actual teleplay of the show’s Pilot Episode: Click Here
These videos are a mini masterclass in television writing. Get ready to ready to take notes.
MR. ROBOT Script Analysis – Pilot Episode – Opening Hook, Central Question & Permanent Dilemma
MR. ROBOT Script Analysis – Pilot Episode – Logline & Character Surprises
MR. ROBOT Script Analysis – Pilot Episode – Inciting Incident and the A & B Stories
MR. ROBOT Script Analysis – Pilot Episode – Four Storylines, Cold Open & Elliot’s Core Wound
MR. ROBOT Script Analysis – Pilot Episode – 3rd Act, C Story, Irresistible Question
MR. ROBOT Script Analysis – Pilot Episode – 2nd Act, Distraction Plot, Fake Villain, & Real Villain
If you haven’t seen the show, take a look at the trailers below…they won’t disappoint.
Mr. Robot: Official Trailer – Season 1
Mr. Robot: Official Trailer – Season 2
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