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Best TV Show That Doesn’t Know Its Subway Geography


Ever have a co-worker who was brilliant at big-picture ideas and challenging tasks, yet who incomprehensibly bungled simple details? Mr. Robot scored a Peabody for its socially relevant storytelling, deftly tackling such touchy topics as mental illness, cyberterrorism, and income inequality. This made it all the more maddening when, during the show’s first season, digital-security whiz Elliott (Rami Malek) had his first pivotal conversation with shadowy hacker Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) on the F/G Church Avenue subway platform in Kensington, and the two explicitly discussed waiting for the Q to take them to Coney Island. Back in the days when cabbies would unceremoniously zoom away if you dared ask to go to Brooklyn, outer-borough subway stations weren’t even on most native New Yorkers’ radar, but now that the G is lousy with skinny white dudes with handlebar mustaches demanding vegan breakfast bars at corner bodegas, this geographically inaccurate dialogue is head-scratchingly lazy for a show that takes on so much else with extreme care. The scene would have worked just as well if they’d said they were waiting for the F, which, you know, also actually goes to Coney Island. Since Mr. Robot revolves around digital life, is it too much to ask that the producers download the MTA’s subway map to their phones? 

USA, Wed., 10 p.m.