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 6 of Mr. Robot. If you haven't caught up then I'd advise you return to the previous page. I trust you.
The second season of Mr. Robot finally picked up momentum in the latest episode, delivering its best hour since the Season 1 finale. A rather odd opening sequence reminiscent of a '90s sitcom was not only hilarious, but highly insightful to Elliot's world. The scene felt familiar to the first season episode that delved into Elliot's mind.
This week's episode was also an important one for Angela, whose commitment to the cause was not only admirable but reaffirmed the viewers faith in her. Before our excitement for next week's episode kicks in, let's recap on the crucial moments from "eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes" by highlighting the things that you may have missed.
1. Elliot And Mr. Robot Become One
Elliot and Mr. Robot have never really seen eye to eye since Elliot figured out that only he can see him, but they were able to co-exist for a while. The second season has been a power struggle between the two — each vying for complete control of Elliot's body and reaching a stalemate every time. Even Elliot's psychiatrist, Krista, told him that he cannot cut Mr. Robot off as it would be cutting a part of himself off.
When Elliot found himself in the twisted sitcom reality, he panicked, believing that Mr. Robot had seized control but it turned out that Mr. Robot only briefly took control so that Elliot didn't experience the beating he was given at the hands of Ray. Filled with compassion, Elliot hugs Mr. Robot. The scene and the hug symbolized the two becoming one — the power struggle is over, neither of them need to be in full control as they are stronger together. Their alignment means that the mission can continue and more importantly, Elliot can be at home in himself.
2. The Origin Of The Story
The flashback that closed the episode showed a young Elliot listen to his father (who is Elliot's inspiration behind Mr. Robot — Mr. Robot looks like his father) as he told him that he has cancer. His father promised him that he would never leave him. He also allowed Elliot to name his new computer store and the credits rolled just before Elliot announced the name he had chosen.
We didn't need to hear the name, we already know what it is — Mr. Robot is the name of his father's store. This scene marked the inception of Mr. Robot — it is technically the origin of the show's story. Moreover, Elliot's father's promise to never leave him is equally as important, because he never did leave him — at least in Elliot's mind anyway. Mr. Robot is always with Elliot and their reconciliation took us back to the moment the story began. Everything that happened from this moment is an important part of the story.
3. More To The Sitcom Audience Than Meets The Eye
When in the twisted sitcom reality, Elliot was disturbed by the audience laughter. The concept is genius — Elliot could hear the voices, just like he does in reality. The audience in the sitcom is representative of us — the audience that Elliot talks to in every episode.
However, as I suggested a couple of weeks ago, there is perhaps more to the voices in Elliot's head and this is only strengthened by the way Elliot reacted to the laughter — "they're laughing" he says. Does Elliot now believe that we have turned our backs on him? Or perhaps this represents that there is always someone watching — even in this twisted reality?
4. Why Didn't Angela Acknowledge Cisco?
When Darlene equipped Angela with the necessary tools to initiate the attack on the FBI, Angela recognized Cisco. Remember, Cisco is the guy responsible for getting Angela into this mess in the first place when he gave Ollie that encrypted CD back in Season 1.
However, Angela made no attempt to acknowledge Cisco in front of Darlene. I couldn't figure out why. Does this mean that Angela doesn't trust Darlene? She is willing to hack the FBI to save herself and Elliot but why not show up Cisco for what he did to her? Will she get her revenge in a different way?
5. We All Have Our Masters
As you can tell by the name of the episode, Mr. Robot focused a lot of attention on the idea that we are all under some form of control. Ray initiated that train of thought by talking about his dog, Maxine, and how she relied heavily on him. It's also worth noting that Ray was insinuating that he is Elliot's master and that Elliot's survival now relies on him. As a viewer, we know this to be false — Mr. Robot is Elliot's master.
It's also interesting how the other storylines fall into the same pattern — the Dark Army made clear that Cisco is at the mercy of them and that he is nothing more than a "foot soldier." Similarly, Dominique was ordered to take time off after the shooting last week, and her refusal to comply seemed to fall on deaf ears. Even Angela was following orders in this episode.
Mr. Robot was reminiscent of a spy movie this week and all the focus on Angela was most welcome, however how will she get herself out of this predicament now that Dominique wants to question her? More importantly, will she able to fix the wifi issue so that Darlene can hack the FBI? Mr. Robot and Elliot are on the same page now, but how will Elliot get himself out of Ray's inner circle? So many questions. Who know's what'll happen next.
What did you notice during Season 2, Episode 6 of Mr. Robot? Tell me in the comment section below.