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 4 of Mr. Robot. If you haven't caught up then I'd advise you return to the previous page. I trust you.
Elliot and Mr. Robot's relationship continued to unravel on this week's episode of Mr. Robot and amongst all the madness, we finally got to see the night that Fsociety and Mr. Robot came to be.
The second season may have only just started, but things were finally starting to make sense in last week's episode — that is until a whole new threat appeared this week that challenged the freedom — and lives — of our favorite hackers. With so much to decipher, let's take a look at the things that you might have missed from Episode 4 of Mr. Robot.
1. Mr. Robot's Inception Linked To Elliot's Distress
There has been a lot of ambiguity surrounding Elliot's blackouts and while we have had some evidence to suggest that they occur when Mr. Robot takes over Elliot's consciousness, the latest episode provided us with a little clarity on the matter. The episode opened with a flashback that saw Darlene arriving at Elliot's flat on Halloween night. The scene takes place before the series ever began — it is the night that Fsociety is first conceived, months before Elliot started working at Allsafe.
A lot of the show's ambiguity was explained in this scene. Elliot was court appointed a shrink — who we know to be Krista — due to him falling asleep on the job and being unable to remember what happened — the company's servers were destroyed. In Season 1, Elliot kissed Darlene and had no memory of her being his sister — Darlene's response to the kiss was asking Elliot if he forgot again.
Elliot tells Darlene about his potential plan to take down E-Corp and Darlene appears a little disturbed that Elliot's been thinking about this in detail. This leads us to believe that Elliot's mental health suffered ever since he began fantasizing about taking down E-Corp. He's been struggling mentally ever since the series began and in order to cope with this struggle he created Mr. Robot — a manifestation of all that he wants to achieve but is unable to do so on his own.
Moreover, Mr. Robot looks like Elliot's father — this is likely due to the fact that he never got over his father's death. Moreover, E-Corp was responsible for his father's death. If we remember the flashbacks last season where we saw Elliot as a young boy, he showed no signs of distress or social anxiety like the present day Elliot does, insinuating that all of his issues began following his father's death at the hands of the multi-million dollar conglomerate. When Elliot put on his father's Mr. Robot jacket and the Fscoiety mask, he conceived Mr. Robot.
2. Elliot And Mr. Robot Explained
Ever since the Season 2 premiere, Elliot has attempted to block Mr. Robot out, but to no avail. This week, Elliot attempted to oust Mr. Robot with a winner-take-all chess game. Mr. Robot actually laid down the terms — if Elliot lost then he would surrender complete and utter control over to Mr. Robot. If Mr. Robot lost then Elliot would be in control.
Despite Krista telling Elliot that this was a bad idea because either way he would be removing a piece of himself, Elliot decided to it anyway. After three chess games in a row the result was the same — a stalemate. It became apparent that Mr. Robot is part of Elliot, thus Elliot is more than likely choosing Mr Robot's moves — or vice versa. Mr. Robot is Elliot and Elliot is Mr. Robot — one cannot oust the other.
This realization horrified Elliot but he ultimately understood that he must accept himself completely. He allowed Mr.Robot back in, but Elliot remains in charge — for now.
3. Elliot's Not Crazy
Elliot's mental state has always been a topic of debate, but we realized this week that his alleged madness stems from the creation of Fsociety. However, as Ray tried to point out, Elliot should embrace his "madness," because perhaps it will be his saving grace. Moreover, we found out some information about Elliot — he has dreams, just like the rest of us. He dreams of a happy life, surrounded by his friends and family, his loved ones (even we were present in this fantasy, shucks!).
It was made clear by both Elliot and Mr. Robot that the road to achieving this dream is not through ousting Mr. Robot, but by embracing him and continuing the mission. And then someday, Elliot can have his happily ever after. That is if he's not caught by the FBI first!
Perhaps Elliot is gifted — Ray compared his hearing voices to the prophets, telling him that it's a gift that should be embraced. Only time will tell if Elliot did the right thing by letting Mr. Robot back in.
4. Who's Team Is Angela Really On?
After weeks of debating Angela's sudden change to bourgeois lifestyle, we saw a glimmer of the old Angela. It becomes apparent to Angela that Phillip Price wants her for more than her work potential — she's vital to his plan. Later when Price is on the phone to Whiterose, he talks of following through with his plan — this is more than likely whatever he's doing with Angela.
Angela figures out what Price is up to and just when we think she's become her former humble self, she uses her leverage as a bargaining chip for a higher wage, a better office and a better job — Elliot would be disgusted at her. However, Price denies all knowledge of what she's talking about and Angela looks gutted. Perhaps she was attempting to record his admission of guilt? Or perhaps she really has succumbed to the new lifestyle? The mystery continues.
5. Fsociety Are In Big Danger
I spoke about Fsociety's ongoing mission a few weeks ago, but it was intensified even further in the latest episode. In the flashback, Elliot made clear that taking down E-Corp would be the easy part; the hard part would be the fallout after the attack. Darlene later reiterated this to a present day Elliot.
As we can see , Elliot was right — not only are the FBI closer than they think but the Fsociety members are aware of an FBI surveillance operation called "Berenstain" but who were they spying on? We know that Dominique DuPierro is involved, but are the members of Fsociety in danger? Moreover, who killed Romero — Darlene had better watch out, she even thought she was being followed at one point.
After another enthralling episode of Mr. Robot, we've been left with so many questions. Sam Esmail's creative genius continues to thrive with each episode and, in a world populated with so many television shows, it's becoming more and more obvious that Mr. Robot is at the top of its game. Until next week, friend.
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