Mr. Robot Season Finale – The Intersection Of Entertainment And Reality


USA Network postponed last evening’s scheduled season finale of their drama series “Mr. Robot” for one week because the episode reportedly contains a scene with similarities to the real-life horror that occurred on live television yesterday morning in Virginia.

So where will we all be with this similarity a week from now?  What’s different then?

(A disclaimer – I don’t watch this show so I have no investment in if it ever airs)

This of course is not the first time reality has intersected with televised entertainment. From my personal recollection an episode of “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” (1999) was postponed after the Columbine shootings.  An episode of “Haven” (2012) was similarly delayed after the Newtown shootings.

Been looking at some online comments from folks this morning.  There is a lot of praise expressed for delaying this telecast.

For a week.

So…what is different a week from now?

Of course if the show aired you would have people screaming Hollywood displayed a lack of sensitivity.

Because it did not air some folks are screaming when we change our way of life or alter plans the bad actors in life “win.”

I assume Hollywood continues to believe we can differentiate the difference between fact and fiction. That’s why so much violence continues unabated in what we consider entertainment.

So…what is different a week from now?


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4 Responses to Mr. Robot Season Finale – The Intersection Of Entertainment And Reality

  1. Troy Sparks says:

    Good point, in a question I can’t answer. Maybe it’s because of how in this day and age it seems a new story of some other tragedy is constantly superseding the previous one every week, albeit I keep reading statistics that say we are safer now than we’ve ever been. It doesn’t feel like, that, though, thanks to news being accessible 24/7.

    The shooting took place not very far from where I live at all (just a mere two hours away to be precise). I don’t think anything will ever hit home like the VT shooting, however. Yesterday I probably watched the main video and the shooters’ POV video more times than I’d like to admit, and I’m not sure why. I’ve tried to refrain from being on social media as of late because of so much political discussion running rampant. Jeff Pearlman (author of “Showtime”, “Sweetness”, “Boys Will Be Boys”, among others — all amazing sports reads) is one of my favorite writers, but he’s been driving me crazy as of late. Veered off-topic, but you catch my drift.


  2. Troy, I do understand stepping away from social media. I took a couple of runs at Twitter before I exited it for good. Never became interested in any of the other stuff. I’ve got two blogs and a phone that works like a computer so I am just fine. I looked at the main video once but really can’t tell you why. I figured this was somewhere nearby you. You also know stats can make either case in every case…you just have to know how to spin ’em.


  3. Not familiar with the show. Your last 2 paragraphs are astute.
    Research has shown if you seen something enough, eventually it becomes less shocking and less worthy of note. The “entertainment” and music industry seems to have decided to go for cheap easy plots and characters of violence and antisocial behavior rather than paying good writers to craft scripts of wit, satire, intelligent humor, or universal themes.
    With lax care and guidance by parents, too many young kids are seeped in screens of violent solutions to problems – and grow up with that “training”. For a long time children were not allowed to view certain films/tv shows for a reason.
    We had a veteran policeman gunned down while filling up his police car last week. Shot in the back execution style for no reason other than he was a white cop…by an adult guy living at home with mom in a nice neighborhood driving a nice truck mommy bought.
    There have been long tribute marches shouting “All lives matter” over the weekend here. All races and ethnic groups . Murder is murder no matter the color. Dead is dead. Human lives. TIme to stand up and say “Killing is wrong. No excuses accepted.”
    That realization is a good start
    And the next thing is to sit down and face the real problem – which will be difficult to address (gun control – that’s the easy way out and a way to get votes).
    The real problem is mental health care in this country. And those who know something is wrong with a person, but do nothing to intervene – or waits for someone else to do something because they don’t want to be involved or be the one who says “this one is dangerous” Or are afraid of being sued.
    There area always signs before the horrendous acts happen. Society must find a way to note and intervene to protect society as a whole.

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    • I agree the real issue is people first and foremost. Those who need help and those of us who can provide that help. The politicians always line up on either side of the gun rights issues and the “stand-off” continues. Well said. Thanks for your very thoughtful comment.

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