Warning: Hello, friend. You probably know why you're here, but if you don't, then let me remind you that this article contains major spoilers from Season 2, Episode 9 of Mr. Robot. If you haven't caught up then I'd advise you return to the previous page. I trust you.
After a relatively slow beginning to the second season, Mr. Robot has really been picking up the pace as of late and this week's episode continues that trend. As good as the second season has been, there has been something lacking and this week's episode is the first time that Mr. Robot has felt like the show we fell in love with back in Season 1.
After that shocking twist several episodes ago, Mr. Robot finally filled in the blanks as the episode traced Elliot's steps since the end of the first season. Before we look to what may come in the remaining three episodes of the second season, let's take a look at several things that you might have missed from "eps2.7_init_5.fve."
1. Elliot Is An Unreliable Narrator
Narration has always been a common trend among TV shows. Many of the greatest TV shows ever made have had narrations from the main character. Examples include Grey's Anatomy and Ally McBeal. Of course, it is up to the viewer to decide if they are reliable as the trustworthiness of such narrators is always open to contention. However, Elliot in Mr. Robot takes us to a whole new level of unreliability. After making us believe that he had been at his mother's house for the entire season it was soon revealed that he was in prison the whole time.
This week, Elliot spent the majority of the episode trying to work out what "Stage 2" of the Dark Army's plan is — only he later finds out that "Stage 2" was apparently his idea. Again, just like when he forgot Darlene was his sister, Elliot has no memory of this. Moments like this really make me realize how unreliable Elliot is as a narrator. This unreliability makes for a great device for the show as much of what people called wasted time this season has all begun to make more sense.
2. Everybody Is Under Surveillance
One thing that stood out for me during the latest episode is that everyone seems to be under surveillance. Take Angela for example; even after reporting secret information about Washington Township scandal, she found herself sitting in office buildings and walking horror movie type corridors all the while cameras were looking down on her. Similarly, Fsociety hacked into the Dark Army's microphone and listened to their private conversations — they put the Dark Army under surveillance.
It's also interesting how Elliot is almost watching himself — it's becoming clear that he and Mr. Robot are having problems. Elliot keeps blanking out and watching Mr. Robot have conversations with others instead of conducting them himself — Elliot is becoming detached from Mr. Robot and while this happens he can view what his other half is up to — so Elliot is putting Mr. Robot under surveillance.
3. Elliot's Loss Of Stability
A large part of the second season focused on Elliot's routine and how the presence of a routine seems to keep him together mentally. However, as soon as Elliot left the prison grounds, his stability began to fall apart. I don't know what's going on as of yet, but somehow Elliot is becoming detached from Mr. Robot and instead of them being one, Elliot is watching what Mr. Robot gets up to while he is in control of Elliot's body.
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The absence of the routine that Elliot had while in prison could have a part to play in this apparent meltdown. He's also forgetting that he seems to be the leader of "Stage 2" — he also has no idea what "Stage 2" is, despite the fact that he is in control of the operation.
4. Sign On The Subway Train
I mentioned last week about how the "Sysco" truck in the background of a shot is significant because the character of Cisco is becoming more involved in the storyline. In the latest episode when Elliot and Darlene are on the subway train discussing the possibly of being followed or watched, there is a sign opposite of them with the name "Wong" on it.
I could be totally grasping at straws here, but there could be some significance in the fact that Whiterose is played by actor B.D. Wong and Whiterose seems to be running much of the operations within the show. Could this be linked to an alternate reality? Moreover, the fact that Whiterose has been at the forefront of some of the alternate realities or parallel universe mentions on the show leads me to believe that the show creators put this sign there on purpose. This is Mr. Robot after all, nothing is coincidental here.
It's safe to say that the latest installment of Mr. Robot was the best of its current season. Elliot is back in the game and the tension continues to build as we head toward the end of Season 2. It was also great to finally find out what happened after the Season 1 finale. With only three episodes left, the mystery continues to unravel and Elliot seems to be of far greater importance than even he knows.
Did you notice anything from the latest episode of Mr. Robot? Tell me in the comments below.