Mr. Robot (Season 1.0): 9.1/10. Read here
While Mr. Robot had a brilliant first season, its second year is flat-out masterful. Sam Esmail is a genius at weaving a story/plot following Elliot’s journey to becoming rehabilitated member of society. The narrative is told a little differently this season. It also introduces new characters that Sam is keeping us guess about which of those new characters are alters of Elliot. It’s difficult to distinguish between Elliot’s reality and real life. In this capacity Sam Esmail is brilliant. Episode after episode Sam Esmail and his writers subvert expectations with scenarios that are increasingly more bizarre, but fully palpable with the intricate world that they’ve created, and they even make last season’s plot twist have huge thematic relevance.
This season is more about character development. And through the use of stunning visuals and soundtrack, we learn more about the lives of all the members of F Society and how they interact with each other. During this season we learn more about the identity of White Rose, Angela (which was played brilliantly this season by Portia Doubleday) and Darlene, flashbacks of Elliot’s childhood and more about the sadistic mentality of Tyrell’s wife, Joanna Wellick. The character of Joanna brings a horror element to the show’s overall tone. I have to say that Stephanie Corneliussen personifies femme fatale. She’s almost as sick in the head as Annie Wilks. The new characters are African Americans, Joey Bada$$ as the philosophic introverted friend of Elliot and Craig Roberts as Ray- the mysterious ally of one of Elliot’s alters. Special mention to B.D. Wong for his ability to portray many personas. I was highly impressed. The guy cycled through three personalities and made them unique enough that you can distinguish them. He does all this using his voice and body language. It’s amazing.
As said before, I absolutely loved Portia Doubleday’s performance this season. After Rami Malek winning this past weekend at the Emmy’s for best male performance, Ms. Doubleday should be up for consideration for best performance at the Emmy’s next year if it was up to me. Her character Angela has a lot to endure this second season and her entire storyline is the best of all the characters in my opinion. In Episode 11, Portia Doubleday gave a stellar performance (one of her best ever, if not the greatest).
With all the questions hanging in the air at the conclusion of “h1dden-pr0cess.axx” it may be weird to stress the satisfactory nature of this week’s installment, but seeing the frayed pieces of the series begin to come together felt like a reward for the sometimes trudging pace of the season up to this point. We may not have gotten any substantial answers, but at least the questions are coming into clearer focus.
So I have to do an explicit little rant right now, because there’s something that really pisses me off;
I truly do not understand people that get into TV series wanting all the answers laid out for them immediately. “I’m done with this show, It is slow, nothing happens, there is no action, it doesn’t move forward” for these reasons, people like to hate on Mr. Robot. I don’t get it. Since Sam Esmail took helm of directing all the episodes in Season 2, the pacing is perfect, it feels cinematic. Visually it shows and tells a lot of the story and characters. Which apparently a lot of people don’t pick up on or just seem to miss out because they are to busy watching their phones to check up on their social media stuff. Funny thing is, even the main character of the show warns you every fucking episode to pay attention to what you see. He even said it in the first fucking line of the pilot! Hell, the show’s theme is about questioning our reality, our sense of morality and how we as people are being sedated in this evil corrupt world.
Look, many of the frustrations are there by design, and fans should be able to go with that because it fits with what this show is about and what it fundamentally tries to tell and show you. So please, with all due respect; Stop bitch moaning and complaining. You people are the reason I don’t get more content like Mr. Robot to admire, think and analyze about. Thanks to you, I instead get 32958239052 superhero shows and movies, which are the same fucking thing over and over again and way too over-simplified. You don’t like or understand it? Stop bashing on it and move on to something else more simple for you to understand.
Season 2.0 has captivated me from the very beginning to the very end. The writing is incredible and when speaking of the internal dialogue the lead runs through in particular, this show can be placed in my top 5 of all time. The way they’ve captured the perspective of someone with a mental illness is impeccable and I can’t wait for hopefully it’s third and final season.
‘Mr. Robot’ (Season 2.0) gets a 9.2/10.