Last night’s episode of Mr. Robot allowed us to live in the past, present and future. Taking us back to when Elliot first conjured up the idea to take down Evil Corp, all the way through a future where everyone he loves is happy and Evil Corp no longer exists. “eps2.2_init1.asec” also brought us a showdown between Elliot and Mr. Robot.
*IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE TURN BACK NOW. MAJOR SPOILERS LIE AHEAD!*
Episode 3 started to unravel how F-Society came to be. We learned that F-Society = Fun Society Amusement LLC, the name of the cursed arcade the crew works out from. We have yet to learn the story behind the missing “u” and “n”. In an attempt to keep Mr. Robot at bay, Elliot overdoses on adderall and takes us all on a big happy trip, until it all comes crashing down. We then are shown pixelated versions of Elliot and those who surround him, talking in reverse and codes popping up on the screen. Kernel Panic. We experience an internal error from which he cannot recover. Lucky for Elliot, Mr. Robot steps in and makes him regurgitate the pills, to which he picks up and swallows once more. Elliot then goes into a rampage when coming down off his high. The rampage is deeply rooted in our reality; it is relevant to the upcoming presidential election and everything else going on in the world. We also learn that Ray is much more like Elliot than we previously thought. He also speaks to dead relatives, in this case his deceased wife, and is heavily involved in the online world. He is also in need of a hacker, which is why he is so vested in Elliot.
Episode 4 dove deeper into the group’s history and what lies in their future. Romero aka Leslie is dead. He took a bullet to the temple. Who killed him? Was it The Dark Army, who is cahoots with E-Corp, or was it Elliot, who still can’t account for the night of hack or the days after? After visiting the crime scene and taking advantage of Rome’s elderly mother, Dominique is slowly beginning to put together the puzzle. She has found F-Society’s former headquarters through FBI documents Rome printed; his mother used them to start packing up her belongings.
After a short time in the present, the episode jumps back in time and we see how Elliot became Mr. Robot. Elliot devises his plan with his sister Darlene one Halloween night. This is also how the monopoly mask came into play; Darlene was the one to bring it over.
Angela embarks on an internal battle of her own in this episode. After a meeting with her boss she is told to turn in two E-Corp employees for their white collar crimes, including the Washington Township Scandal. She hands the evidence over to Trenton, whom she was previously working with on the Township Scandal and learns that she is the missing link in Township contractual agreement. She discovers that her boss wants her to remove the inspection portion of the clause signed by E-Corp due to the scandal in Washington. Angela then begins making demands in order to comply. This does not go over well with her boss, Phillip Price, who basically tells her she is not that important. Shortly after this encounter we learn that Price is working with The Dark Army. What exactly they are doing together hasn’t been made clear, yet. Although we do know it has something to do with Darlene.
Darlene struggles to keep it together in this episode. Paranoia has taken hold of her and for good reason. After she hooks up with her ex, who has an inside contact with The Dark Army, she discovers that she and all the other members of F-Society are now under FBI surveillance.
We then get a dream sequence courtesy of Elliot. In this sequence he imagines life without E-Corp and being surrounded by people he cares about. Everyone is happy. Everyone is a safe. A real utopia. Shortly after Elliot comes to, he finally confronts Mr. Robot and engages in a game of chess to try and defeat him. Stalemate after stalemate, he eventually discovers that he cannot defeat Mr. Robot. They must learn to coexist. Elliot then agrees to help Ray and gets back into hacking and coding.
Darlene then lets her brother know that they are under FBI surveillance and that Rome is dead and in turn Elliot takes matters into his own hands. He decides to hack the FBI!
Next week: We will see Elliot hack the FBI and the consequences that brings not only to himself but to those around him.
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