Rami Malek is exactly the kind of actor who would be helped by watching episode submissions. A popular vote might favor more established names like Kevin Spacey and Bob Odenkirk. Assuming that episodes submissions aren’t completely irrelevant after the Emmy voting changes, which of season one’s 10 episodes do you think gives him his best shot? Give me some titles and your reasoning. I’ll be writing up an article and a poll about it.
I would honestly say the pilot or the season finale.
He was terrific on this episode.
From the moment “m1rr0r1ng” began its countdown to Elliot learning the truth—that Mr. Robot was in his head, that his father truly was dead, and he’d been talking to himself—that grief-stricken look on his face was just waiting to flood the screen, and we were powerless to stop it. This should be Rami Malek’s Emmy sizzle reel
Would Rami Malek be helped by the tape system? He would get steamrolled by some hammy rage from Paul Giamatti or Bobby Cannavale, no? He might have a better shot under the new system actually, seeing as he was popular enough to get a SAG nomination and I could see an industry groundswell for Mr. Robot happening this summer, especially if the new season is hailed as a masterpiece.
As for his submission, he lacks that single obvious choice, so I would just default to the pilot for the reasons that people choose pilots. It is a solid tape for him anyway.
No doubt Episode 9, “Mirroring” – an all-around gutsy, ethereal and WINNING performance!
I agree that under a “true” tape system Malek would fall victim to some serious hamminess from Giamatti (actually, I still think this scenario is fairly likely but that’s for another thread…) so Pilot may be a strong choice.
I admit it has been a while since I watched the series all the way through but I seem to remember that episode 5, Brave Traveler, was a pretty good showcase. That episode had the tense jail break and Malek’s reaction to the reveal of Shayla in the car at the end. I think that Mirroring may be a bridge too far for non-viewers.