In the fashion of Mr. Robot— Part One of the season two premiere was leaked over the week. The award-winning series has gone on to become a phenomenon with underlying messages regarding our social media obsession as well as cyberterrorism.
It’s only fitting that Part One be leaked since it probably was what fsociety would have wanted. Of course, fsociety is an allegorical response to the current organizations that protest systematized nepotism— conglomerate corruption and social injustices. It is also a cautioning tale of the dangers of technological reliance. This is evident in the home of E-Corp’s main attorney, who has the coolest house in all of Greenwich Village with a built in the “Smart House Package.”
Control is an Illusion
Of course, fsociety did not miss the opportunity to turn the Smart House against the lawyer, having her move out because of it. If the series has ever had reluctance in displaying the potential threat of technology, it certainly has never showed it. When you think about everything the E-Corp lawyer, Susan Jacobs, can control with just a tablet— the house's central air, lights, music, and alarm system. Obviously, her home was not chosen simply for its technological aspects, but because of her reputation of getting Evil Corp out of trouble— “Madame Executioner” is the name she is branded with.
We follow Elliot, who has moved back in with his mother because of her strictness. This is was Elliot needs, a sense of strictness to follow his regimen. He has breakfast and dinner at the same diner in the same booth with the same man. Leon, who has become recently obsessed with Seinfeld; declaring it as a very confusing show— the show’s main point is that life, love, and “any meaning therein are pointless”— a nod to Mr. Robot’s actual premise when dissecting societal life.
He Shot Me In the Head Again
The show gave another nod to its influence, Fight Club, with its infamous church meetings— which the film’s narrator and Elliot both go to for the purpose of normality. Of course, just because Mr. Robot’s real identity has been revealed does not mean we are done with him entirely. He’s still very much part of Elliot’s life— in a sense taking the form of reason on behalf of Elliot with the occasional headshot.
A bullet hole that becomes very significant later on in the episode when a surprise visit from Gideon, Elliot’s former boss, takes place. The wound and dripping blood representing the growing disquietude and social anxiety that Elliot is slowly losing grasp of, no matter how often he writes down the opposite in his journal. The journal, I feel, will become of major prominence as the season continues. This appears to be the season where we will dissect Elliot’s childhood and subsequent mental deterioration after Mr. Robot’s death. Starting with the window fall that was alluded to on several occasions during season one, expect many flashbacks that will put Elliot’s depression at the forefront. And on a personal level, I’m really hoping that we get another bizarre episode of hallucination dreamscapes characterizing Elliot’s tortured self, as seen in last season with episode four.
You can never do wrong with some Phil Collins during a good fire. I’ve always admired Mr. Robot for its cinematic approach in cinematography and music editing. Something about its shot composition, which exposes its subjects on the bottom corners of frame in rhythmical correlation to its music— it really works in style.
The show rightfully re-introduces most of its characters in the second part of the season premiere. Setting up Elliot’s season story arc and allowing the other characters to slowly situate. The show excels on developing character through apologue. Antara telling Angela the joke about the woman selling herself to a man at a bar for a million dollars, and than a man from the bar immediately approaches Angela afterwards. Or Ray, Elliot’s “new friend,” talking about the animalistic barbarism of competitive sports through his dog’s perspective.
The series premiere has been slow to pull back the layers of what exactly is going on. What happened in the three days that Elliot does not remember? What did Gideon say to the chatty F.B.I. agent? What does Mr. Robot want from Ray? How long has Mr. Robot been taking over for Elliot? Where exactly is Tyrell Wellick? These are just some of the hundreds of questions we currently have with hundreds of more questions likely to arise in the forthcoming episodes. Following the assassination of his former boss, Mr. Robot is likely to latch onto Elliot’s guilt, meaning he’s not going anywhere for a while, and will likely pull Elliot back into the game.