Sunday, September 11, 2016

What I’m Watching: Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 10 “eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx” (B+)

This episode felt much more like a thriller than this show usually does, mainly because the FBI is just one step behind fsociety. Actually, it’s just Dom, and something tells me that she would probably relate more to Elliot than she does to most of her colleagues. Urging that the photo shouldn’t be released publicly did nothing, but she was enterprising enough to deduce that Darlene and Cisco hadn’t even seen the news and that they were still in the area, likely planning to come back. That final scene was frighteningly intense, with a drive-by motorcyclist pulling up and shooting up the place, only to be shot back at by Dom and then cornered by the police before taking his own life. That seems to happen to Dom a lot now, and she’s not doing well under the pressure. Darlene talking about being abducted as a child and wishing that she wouldn’t go back to her real family was disturbing but totally captivating. Mr. Robot expressing uncertainty and then disappearing entirely in the aisle while they were shopping for a computer was troubling, and Elliot is far less confident when he doesn’t have his new number one ally by his side. I was thrilled and surprised to see that Elliot was meeting Angela on the subway since the two haven’t interacted in such a long time. Telling him that she’s going to confess and take the blame for everything was bold, and I like that his reaction was far more human than usual – that he didn’t want her to leave. Hugging her and then kissing her was the biggest expression of emotion we’ve seen from him in a while, and I suspect that he and Mr. Robot will do what they can to protect Angela from whatever fate awaits her.

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