TRAI’S MR. ROBOT MID-SEASON REVIEW

[Article contains spoilers]

Hey remember that list of shows I talked about recently in my 2017 Fall Premiere Dates article? Well one of the shows, season 3 of USA’s Mr. Robot, is still freaking money. Season 2 had it’s great episodes with unique ways of storytelling with the whole TV sitcom style to unravel Elliot’s back story in between all the real world messy bits. And then come to find out he’s been in prison the entire time and not at his mom’s house! Like G.T.F.O. here! Damn that’s just good TV. It was done in such a way that you yourself feel you can’t trust your own senses let alone Elliot’s. So naturally I couldn’t wait to see what season 3 of Mr. Robot held, and now five episodes in and I’m wishing I could just binge the damn thing!

EP 1. “eps3.0_power-save-mode.h”

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We get the set up for this season. After being shot Elliot wants to fix the damage he caused with the hack. Mr. Robot has set Stage 2 in motion having E Corps records ship to a building they plan to blow up. Darlene joins up with the FBI because she’s scared shitless after a badass drive by on her and her bf in season two. Zhang (who’s also White Rose) Mr. Robot - Season 3and Angela want to reset reality itself, so…yeah there’s that now. The whole ending was shot especially well with the exchange between Angela and Mr Robot , who she can tell is not Elliot because he never looks away? And the song “Touch” by Daft Punk that’s played ties it all together. You try watching that and not clapping.

EP 2. “eps3.1_undo.gz”

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The best part of this episode to me is when Elliot’s psychiatrist Krista finally meets Mr Robot because this whole freaking time she never knew Elliot had a split personality. What the fuck? But then I remembered in season 2 Elliot said no more lies we get to see everything. As the viewer you only know what he let’s you know and you just have to believe Elliot wouldn’t lie to you, right? So in season 3 we are getting all the answers, MV5BYjViMzgxYzAtMzgwZC00MmRiLTkwMWQtNDE3NmRjY2I4N2ZlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTg1MjA0OTA@._V1_SX1777_CR0,0,1777,999_AL_aren’t we? Mr Robot goes on to explain the relationship between Elliot and himself to Krista. Basically they were copilots with one taking over when needed, but now he comes and goes not always by choice. And I think it really means something that when Krista asked for his name he in turn asks her what does he call me. After an off hand threat he tells her she’ll never talk to him again and just like that he’s Elliot again. It was a good piece of writing and shot very well. It also sets a new dynamic. No longer son and father, but enemies as Elliot and Mr Robot both fight for control to stop the other. And we learn Philip wants Ecoin to be the new global currency a la bitcoin.

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This episode we get to see what happened to Tyrell and fill in the gaps from last season. A lot of critics felt this episode was a waste but I think it was a nice way to tie up some leftover lose ends. Now we can move on with the story. And holy shit that FBI agent Santiago works for the dark army! He saves Tyrell from being arrested and brings him back to the dark army. Now we’ve caught up to the start of episode 1 after Tyrell shoots Elliot and learns about Elliot’s split personality from Angela who’s using that knowledge to manipulate Elliot for the dark army.

EP 4. “eps3.3_metadata.par2”

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EP 5. “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00”

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This is just me scratching the surface. With the inclusion of what seems to be talks of parallel universes and alternate realities I’m hyped to see where this season and ultimately were the story for Elliot goes. Usually a show begins to write itself into a hole after the main character accomplishes what they set out to do in the first season. Mr. Robot is not one of those shows.  You get the big payoff and then some. And if the next payoff is Elliot hacks reality then whoa…okay I can dig it. Season 3 is currently averaging a 0.23 rating w/563,000 viewers. How is that number not more? Idk. It’s the prefect #woke show on TV right now with damn good writing and directing. Sound off in the comments below if you’re still tuning in. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to like and share. Subscribe to FB, Twitter, Instagram, and be sure to check out spacecityCLOUDS YouTube channel for even more great content!

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