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'He Has A Thing For Coney Island'

The sudden departure of Romero was a waste of a potentially refreshing character. Although, I will take as much as I can with his character. The episode opened on a flashback, one where Romero introduces Mobley to the arcade, another character in itself; eventually becoming fsociety’s place of warring retaliation against corporate establishment. “It’s a nexus of evil in the universe”: probably not the best sales pitch, but it certainly, rather unjustly, construes the gaming gallery’s tragic history of death and curses— a story that I thought would have no end in sight. At least we know where fsociety got its name from with a disintegrating sign hovering over the arcade. Something that the new FBI Agent is astonished to see at Coney Island of all places.

With Romero and Gideon, the toll has been piling up, but the crew couldn’t be in danger, right? Darlene believes that a fear of death is outrageous. Of course, she would never give up anyone in fsociety, but they are less certain about Elliot, and given his track record, I don’t blame them. Unfortunately, it will be at the expense of another main character’s death before Darlene and Elliot can realize the gravity of the situation. The paranoia is certainly warranted— Mobley and Darlene meeting in the train only proves this. Any person on that train could have been watching them. (For any Boardwalk Empire fans reading this: the homeless Opera singer was played by Anthony Laciura, or Kessler, Nucky’s butler).

There’s more welcomed bantering between Elliot and Mr. Robot, who are wrapped in a perplexing whirlwind of control over Elliot’s mind. For a second there, I really thought Elliot was doing better with his take. Mr. Robot vanished, Elliot was waking up with a smile on his face (first time in the show’s short history, I think), he was interacting with Leon’s philosophical debate over Seinfeld, and was even getting into the basketball game. Of course, we cannot accept this as reality, and even Elliot knows this. As Ray is more than happy to remind him— control is as common as a “one-legged unicorn.”

This is the season where Elliot controls his mind. He will eventually get back to work with Mr. Robot, he has too since he knows what he started is all too important, it is a matter of controlling his father and not the other way around. Control is essential to pull back the layers of Elliot’s mental state. It will eventually save him since it is the only thing preventing him from reaching greatness at what he knows best— hacking.

The Shot That Changed The World

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand is what many consider to be the start of World War I. So, it’s only fitting that Evil Corp’s very own, Phillip Price, has a painting of. Something that Angela is always glancing at every time she leaves his office. It’s a tailor made aspect to the show that may not seem relevant at first, but there are two connections. What fsociety is doing is changing the world, as you can see from the never ending fandom of fsociety followers, what they have done is for the best, but it has not helped prosper everyone. Ray is having business troubles as well as everyone who has money with E-Corp. The second aspect is, or as Price puts it, “A bullet in the right place, and it changed the world.” Mr. Robot constantly shooting at Elliot must have some significance. Constantly shooting him in the head is one way of getting his rage at the forefront, but eventually it will have to be a different shot— "the right shot in the right place"— that will eventually allow Elliot to come to realize just how much he needs his father.

Of course, Angela is also given a chance to change things, not the world, but rather the two corporate colleagues of E-Corp. Price, rather smartly, lays out all of his sinister cards in the form of evidence that would put the two colleagues in prison. Instead of doing it himself, he prefers to test Angela and see if she would do it. Leaving your conscience at the door is the type of book Price likes, and he wants to make sure that he and Angela are on the same page.

'Alexa, When Is The World Going To End?'

It is an important episode that establishes the continuing conflict between Elliot and himself— the internal battle over the control of his brain. In order for him to continue what fsociety started, he needs to form some sort of basis of control, hopefully his adoral does not get in the way of that. Do I think Elliot is right or Mr. Robot? Honestly, I think they both are, but in order for Elliot, as a whole, is to prosper, he must listen to some of what Mr. Robot has to say.

With two new additions to the main cast— Craig Robinson, finally getting the dramatic material he deserves, offering some sort of “nice guy” outer layer with a threatening manner in his core. And the uptight FBI Agent DiPierro— who has lonely nights pleasuring herself with concupiscent chat rooms, can roll a pretty good joint, and keeps her phone in a safe (nice touch).


The series has always been good about connecting the intricate strands of each storyline. Something about the writing and the pacing of Mr. Robot has always inspired confidence in how wherever the character's storylines maybe, it will always connect somehow to Elliot. It will be interesting to hear what Ray and Darlene both have to say to Elliot. And with Agent DiPierro discovering fsociety's hotspot, expect her to be on their trail very soon — with perhaps a partnership on the horizon.