Mr. Robot "Daemons" Review: The Pains of Being Lonely At Heart

Mr. Robot S01E04: "eps.1.3_da3m0ns.mp4"

For your listening pleasure, Perfume Genius' "Queen," which was used during one of Elliot's withdrawal scenes with Angela.


Or if you prefer, Shoolboy Q's "Hell of a Night," which was used during Shayla and Angela's scenes in the club bathroom.


I keep waiting for Mr. Robot to slow down and fulfill its destiny as a forgettable USA Network show (no offense, Monk) but so far Sam Esmail's creation refuses to comply. "Daemons" was the most far-out episode of the series' run, and that's from a show that's prominently featured paying bums to take a beating, pregnant women begging for BDSM play, and a man who cried in the corner and snorted morphine just to make it to noon that day. That entire middle chunk of the episode with Elliot's withdrawal-created hallucinations may have been some of the best TV I've seen all year, but it may also have simply been camera tricks and fakery to remind us that all was not well with Elliot. "Daemons" was blanketed in vagueness and open for interpretation, taking us on a journey to figure things out for ourselves while also not putting too much stress on getting those answers. It was essentially a sequence to remind us what we already knew about Elliot, but done so in striking, jaw-dropping, and more simply, AWEsome fashion.

Regardless, this wasn't an episode to be bored with at all, largely for its visual flair but also for its depth of character as the pieces around Elliot got their own spotlights, particularly the dual girls-about-town pair-offs. What first seemed like a show solely about paranoid Elliot and his hacker adventures is quickly becoming a spotlight on fringe lifestyles scurrying about in the shadow of corporate and boring normal button-up collared-shirt Starbucks-drinking culture. 

We'll start with Elliot, whose increase in snorting pain powder quickly spiraled into full-blown physical dependency after he broke his rule of moderation during a particularly stressful period of responsibility with changing the world. Hey, we've all been there. (*points to pile of empty Mt. Dew bottles under my desk*) "Daemons" became the druggie dry-out episode as Elliot was thrown into a hotel room to exorcise his daemons demons and went on one hell of a mental adventure. It wasn't clear how much was real and how much wasn't during the beginning of his trip, but it's safe to say that most of it came out of Elliot's mind fog and he never proposed to Angela with a key, never shot up heroin in a junkie house, never had a conversation with his fish Qwerty, and never saw a 404 sign where his house used to be. 

So if none of that actually existed, what did it all mean? Lucky for you, I learned dream interpretation from a witch doctor and am highly qualified to dig through Elliot's subconscious and get some answers. But really, I don't think there's much to look at beyond the obvious. Elliot has issues. Major issues. He obviously has an unrequited thing for Angela that's been put to the side since the pilot in favor of hooking him up with Shayla, he's repressing his childhood because his dad died and his relationship with his mother was/is awful, he's scared sh*tless of everything that's towering in front of him, and the dreamy imagery backed all that up. The fun came in how Elliot's feelings manifested themselves in his dream-like state. The empty lot where his house used to be, the formal dinner and accidental proposal at a fancy restaurant made out of the Allsafe cubicle farm, and the warnings by Angela that he's "afraid of his monster" (the person he can become?) and that he was "only born a month ago," when Fsociety began recruiting him. Or maybe, to paraphrase Rick James, morphine is just a hell of a drug. 

And of course we were presented a hint at what we've all suspected. Dream Angela said, "Isn't it obvious? You're not Elliot, you're the r–" before being cut off. Ummm, "robot" perhaps? Elliot next found himself wearing the mask of Fsociety and fearing that he was all alone. How many people has Elliot's fear of crippling solitude created? One, two, everyone? And as sweaty Elliot rocked himself back into reality and teared up over being alone, Mr. Robot materialized out of the shadows and said, "Nope, I got you, bro." Is that Elliot's psychosis kicking in a defense mechanism and presenting Elliot with a friend? I'd guess so. Even if the answer that Mr. Robot is a created manifestation of Elliot's mind, there's deeper meaning behind Elliot's need for him in his life that the answer isn't the main point of the question.

Angela kicked it up a notch in "Daemons," potentially knocking her out of her corporate do-gooder orbit and into the New York underground where the fight is real. I wouldn't say Angela was predisposed to the same lifestyle Elliot leads, but teaming up with Shayla for a dog-walk-turned-ecstasy-trip-turned-club-bathroom-drug-deal-shift (!!!) pried open her eyes to some universal truths: her boyfriend Ollie is a total tool and that Numero Uno should be taken care of before everything else. "You see that badass bitch," Layla said while pointing to Angela in the mirror, "that's the only person you should ever worry about." I absolutely love these two women in Elliot's life together; they're real people. And so Angela, possibly still loopy from the Molly or perhaps finally seeing the world for what it was, uploaded the hacked disc into Allsafe's computer system. 

Darlene was great in "Daemons," too, taking Trenton out to the seedier parts of New York to find the Chinese hackers she needed to talk to before Fsociety attacked Steel Mountain. The creep blackmailing Ollie and Angela turned out to be Darlene's ex Cisco and, as assumed but never implicitly stated, a link to the dangerous Chinese hackers (I'll admit I'm still unclear how they're involved in Fsociety's plans). 

"Daemons" was another important episode for Mr. Robot's supporting characters and showed off the series' intentions for staying on the fringe through dazzling presentation. It was also the episode that fully acknowledged things aren't necessarily what they seemed, and, as Elliot said, "the spinning wheels of false highs and real lows will continue." Next stop, Steel Mountain.



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– I can't wait to see the final broadcast airing of this episode, because the advanced screener I watched had a lot of shots missing, including some important transitions. For an extremely visual and stylish episode like this, that's an important part of the flow that I missed out on and I hope it didn't alter my perception of things too much. 

– Nice try to take us off the "Is Mr. Robot real?" trail by giving us his first interactions with people other than Elliot. Of course, it happened during Elliot's head trip when Mr. Robot was buying Elliot's way into the heroin house, so it proved nothing. 

– I'm not much of a techie, so I don't know if thermostats can be hacked to turn a facility into an oven that's hot enough to melt tapes, but that's one hell of a plan. 


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Aug 11, 2015
Oh, boy, a whole episode devoted to a drug/withdrawal-filled hallucination. It was not entertaining in the least, and moved the story forward less than an inch. Seriously, the only thing that really happened was Angela's going to AllSafe to insert the disk. Can we say filler?
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Jul 20, 2015
Pseudo-intellectual pablum posturing as if it had interesting things tgo say for those who know little about computers, sharp hackers or economics. Contrary to a silly comment below they haven't "done their research", it only seems that way to the poorly educated masses that fall for myths and mistakes regarding topics they don't know much about, and don't spot all the flaws since they don't realize that TV writers that aren't that sharp. Unfortunately they aren't going to do a good job of portraying characters that are supposed to be far sharper than the writers are (even if you handicap those characters by making them dysfunctional, in some ways that makes them harder to get right since they are more complicated rather than less).
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Jul 29, 2015
Romero : "I bet you right now some writer is working hard on a TV show that will mess up this generation's idea of hacker culture"

Is that line the writers' way of telling us they are aware of their own failings, or just that they believe themselves better than the rest ?..
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Jul 20, 2015
Well I just mainlined the first 4 episodes, and I am super into this show. USA! I hardly knew ye! The show is so slick and completely unique to the TV showscape, despite that it obviously draws upon Fight Club and American Psycho and Hackers (lol jk). I was even into the hallucination scenes and I usually hate those. Talking fish!! No dead babies crawling on the ceiling!

I do really hope we aren't being Tyler Durden-ed by Mr. Robot, cuz been there done that. I think it's more interesting if he's a real character.
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Jul 19, 2015
I didn't like the whole drug induced scenes but I must say the show is visually appealing.
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Jul 18, 2015
I love this show so much, especially how they've done their research instead of throwing in some "made for TV" tech-wizardry. For me, this is TV's successor to Breaking Bad. I expect big things ahead!
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Jul 20, 2015
Me too. I love the snide remark about the God-awful movie "Hackers" that was showing on the screen, about how he had never seen an animated virus with bunnies, or soemthing to that effect.
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Jul 18, 2015
I'm surprised nobody has guessed the big twist already. When he looks at a photo of his dad and we see Mr. Robot...
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Jul 17, 2015
Well this was a poor episode which is a shame as the ones before it were quite good. Too much drugs not enough plot. Also the background music is terrible and really distracts from the dialogue. Hopefully the next episode will be better.
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Jul 17, 2015
The episodes can't all be as perfect as the pilot. I wasn't really thrilled with this episode, but it might prove to be the best one to give clues about Elliot and what happened to him, or about his past. The writers are fleshing out the characters, but everyone being connected in some way to one another seems a bit unrealistic. It seems too coincidental that Darlene has a relationship with the same guy (with Chinese connections) that is targeting the security firm by blackmailing Ollie (and indirectly Angela). I'm confused...what came first with Darlene.. her work for f society, or her relationship with the guy with connections?

Elliot's therapist Krista tells him that he needs to work on fitting into society to which he replies “f--- society,” conveniently creating a name for his “revolution” against all that is evil and controlling. Tyrell looks into the mirror and criticizes himself for sounding too “robot.” Krista warns Elliot about a “slippery slope,” which Elliot uses in this episode. Several words and phrases that Elliot or his therapist have used in his sessions are played out again in Elliot's “reality” or in his narration. Coincidence? I don't think so. I am beginning to doubt that anything or anyone we see is real... which means that the end game may be that Elliot is restrained or locked up somewhere, and the only place he can interact with anyone is in the very convincing reality of his imagination and his delusions.

Even if it turns out this way, I'm still loving this show and want to see more.

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Jul 17, 2015
Loved loved loved it !!! , what a fantastic show !
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Jul 17, 2015
Loved the Fourth Episode. We got to learn more about what happens in Elliot's
head....Looking forward to the next episode
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Jul 17, 2015
This was a wacky and crazy episode!
"You ain't gonna do Jack or Jill except puke our brains out or give handjobs for another high."
"There's only one thing you can do for a brotha in a fish bowl. Move him to a goddamn window!" Keith David as the betta fish was hilarious!
"Daemons, they don't stop working they're always active. They seduce, they manipulate, they own us."
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Jul 17, 2015
"Yeah, we all know what a Raspberry Pi is"

Brilliant.
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Jul 17, 2015
great episode, loved it. the whole withdrawal (or whatever) sequence was awesome. i'm glad they are keeping the mr robot thing vage, it'd be stupid at this point to make him real or not-real, the state he is in is perfect, I hope they never clarify that. the girl pairing was very cool as well, and finally showing that angela did actually have an agenda for not breaking up with that "tool" of a bf.
this is def one of the best shows of the year so far
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Jul 17, 2015
on second thought, the mr robot thing isn't really "vague" at this point, I think he really is a figment of Elliot's imagination. 4th ep and he hasn't really interacted with any other character... it may be a bit of a let down if he turns out to be "real". yeah yeah, i'm contradicting myself, but hell... this is what a good show does to a viewer's mind
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Jul 16, 2015
Liked the episode, wondering if Mr Robot isn't showing to him in the image of his dad. Still getting a very strong feeling he isn't an actual person but still guessing is keeping me entertained. Hope it doesn't drag it out too long though.
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Jul 16, 2015
In a traditional way of network (or even cable) shows episode could be considered as filler - majority of time centers on main character's withdrawal trip. And slight plot development on fringes. But if we forget about by the book TV we'll have great cinematic experience with this non-standard episode. Also have to mention Trainspotting's vibe in these withdrawal scenes. And '95 cult Hackers on TV is also great moment. It's like Mr Robot is trying to put itself in line with two of these great 90s movies. It's like it sees its own predecessor in Hackers of 90s.
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Jul 16, 2015
Hello. Hello friend.
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Jul 16, 2015
You have not idea what you're talking about, that was total surreal crap, The majority of the progrAm was a complete waste of space. I had enjoyed the first three, it looked promising. but today's episode went absolutely no where, it was empty space for a lack of ideas.meaningless rubbish. I will watch next week and hope it gets back on track. if it stays alike this it's only destine for the cutting room floor.
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Jul 16, 2015
I read this review really slowly - it took me eight and a half minutes - just so that I would get to listen to both songs in full while reading it.

I really admire TV networks for taking the chance on shows like this one, and am pretty surprised that USA Network is that one that did it.
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Jul 16, 2015
This review was spot on Tim. Thanks for providing the background music. I prefer track 2 Shoolboy Q's "Hell of a Night" . I'm a fan of EDM since the 90's so i'm a little biased. I got a book about dream interpretation by Sigmund Freud. Turns out he was on drugs too so take it with a big grain of salt.
This is the best summer show of 2015. Besides all those mindless (i don't say not entertaining) shows like Utd, zoo, the strain etc a show that actually has got something meaningful to say (imho)
This was the best episode yet. I agree there wasn't much happening in the plot department. But to call this "filler" is a bit much. This episode dug a little deeper into the psyche of Elliot. And I like it when things get a little philosophical. As a nerd i found Elliot's inner monologue about his D(a)emons beautiful:

"There's a saying: The devil is at his strongest while we're looking the other way. Like a program running in the background silently while we're busy doing other shit. Daemons they call them. They perform action without user interaction.
Monitoring, logging,notifications, primal urges, repressed memories, unconscious habits. They're always there. Always active. We can try to be right, we can try to be good. We can try to make a difference. But it's all bullshit. Cos intentions are irrelevant. They don't drive us. Daemons do. And me? I've got more than most"

Words of wisdom. I'm no different to Elliot. I'm a creature of habit too.
I don't have to identify with him. I am him. We all are.

The Raspberry PI reference at the restaurant was pretty funny.

What can you do for a brother in a fishbowl?


see you all next week!


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Jul 16, 2015
Goddamn I love this show & I'll tell you why: I watch too much TV.

It's my favorite hobby & all that, but the biggest side effect of it is that the vast majority of everything I like enough to be a fan of are all way too predictable. When I sit & watch a good show, I can appreciate the things that make it good as I watch it, but it's rare for me to experience complete immersion into a story and/or not have an episode figured out before the credits roll...instead, I have to take the majority of my enjoyment from the mechanics of style & execution of storytelling.

This show is the only one for a looooong time that excites my imagination, truly gets me immersed & keeps me guessing week in, week out.

The show's only been on for a month, but it's so comfortable in it's own skin that it plays like a show that's been airing for much, much longer.

Rock on, Mr. Robot. Ya had me at Hello Friend.
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Jul 16, 2015
I'm glad the junkie house was not real.
If this show ever sinks that low in 'reality', that will be a the end of it for me.

The parts with Angela were the best, imho. Her character is really developing into something more than 'arbitrary girl Elliot knows'.
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Jul 18, 2015
I thought the junkie house was a real memory of his and why he ended up in the hospital and hacking their records, but I could be mistaken.
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Jul 22, 2015
Well, during the shootout, Elliot gets shot on his right side. I can't tell if it's arm or chest, but when he wakes up back in the hotel room there is a redish circle on his bicep (maybe a tatoo?) and similar marks on the front and back of his right side.
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Jul 16, 2015
Didn't get impressed by surreal images under drug withdrawal. Not original and not informative. And for me, that whole C. Slater's character thing has already gotten ancient old - i seriously hope they come soon and slap us in the face with mr. Robot actually being real and talking to another character.

The parts i enjoy are Elliot's monologues and some funny little scenes that basically pop out of Elliot's distorted vision of the world (none in this episode, ugg). The pilot was full of that, and i loved it. The rest has gone to the category 'fine, i'll watch it if i have time'.
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Jul 16, 2015
Age old question: Is Christian Slater real?
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Jul 16, 2015
Nice filler. But a filler, still.
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Jul 16, 2015
I can see this episode as a good one because of all the withdrawal scenes and tripping but storywise it brought very little and could be skipped by anyone going on to rewatch the season (if it proves good enough to rewatch that is).
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Jul 16, 2015
For a moment I thought, "Hey, is Fisher Stevens in this show as well? How cool!" then realized it was that movie "Hackers". my first Angelina Jolie crush. And yeah, true, I've never seen an animated singing virus in my life either.

More fuel to the "Mr. Robot imaginary or not" debate. He interacts with that homeless guy in front of the crack house, even gives him money, but then the whole crack house was a dream, right. I mean, He wasn't shot in the arm (either way).

There's a scene near the end though. when the black hacker guy (I think his name is Romero, but I'm not sure) gives Elliot something to drink and cure his hangover (Mr. Robot is with them) and then Romero supposedly says to Mr. Robot, "Makes sure he keeps chugging those." But of course we don't see him saying this to Mr. Robot. The shot shows us Mr. Robot putting on his jacket, then Elliot looking at them, and we only hear Romero's voice, which might as well be in Elliot's head. It was merely a detail, anyway.

Other than that, I loved Mr. Robot's absent/silence leadership style, always in the back, basically doing nothing useful except making a few snide, or sometimes helpful, remarks to Elliot every now and then.
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Jul 17, 2015
"There's a scene near the end though. when the black hacker guy (I think his name is Romero, but I'm not sure) gives Elliot something to drink and cure his hangover (Mr. Robot is with them) and then Romero supposedly says to Mr. Robot, "Makes sure he keeps chugging those." But of course we don't see him saying this to Mr. Robot. The shot shows us Mr. Robot putting on his jacket, then Elliot looking at them, and we only hear Romero's voice, which might as well be in Elliot's head. It was merely a detail, anyway."

I thought the same at first, so I had to rewatch: there's another hacker (the bearded, bespectacled one) in the room.
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Jul 18, 2015
Then that definitely sinks the idea he's real.
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Jul 22, 2015
There was also the point where the two other hackers were trying to figure out what to do while Elliot is in bed. Mr. Robot shouts, "No Hospital!" and something like, "Why don't you just leave then." But it's the same thing, Elliot could have spoken to them, and we just see Mr. Robot speaking.
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Jul 18, 2015
I guess technically it's still possible but yeah, less and less likely the longer we see him only interacting with Eliott. That was especially conspicuous in this episode, like at the fsociety meetings.
I hope when they show he's not real it'll be done casually, not like a big reveal. Or better yet, they never show definite proof, they'll just assume everybody figured out he's not real and there's no need to spell it out.
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Jul 16, 2015
I'm still loving the shit out of this show. I am also impressed with Angela and Shayla, I'm so glad they're not just empty characters.
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Jul 16, 2015
This episode was one hell of a trip, yeah, loved it!!
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Jul 16, 2015
This is my favourite show this year...i just love everything about it and this episode confirmed that its totally different to anything ive watched.this episode reminded me of the film trainspotting when renton is going through the same thing as elliot. I ld how the episode went, it was all about elliot and his withdrawal from drugs, i think the direction was to actually put the viewer into elliots head and give you a sense of hallucinations and throughts you go through. Best episode for me so far personally
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Jul 16, 2015
for my money this show has been an increasing letdown since episode 2.

I lost virtually all interest in elliot's dreams after he was shot in the chest. I feel like the allusion to elliot being mr,.robot was more there than ever which is a turnoff.

christian slater's 10 or so lines shared with no one other than elliot feel like an incredible waste of his talents and presence. the fact that he could be a compelling wack job in everybody's lives makes the potential decision to have him imaginary all the more unfortunate and disappointing.

I cared about elliot for a point during the pilot and I haven't really since. his therapist and their relationship is sorely missed.

like someone over on imdb said, it feels like the show is simply smattered with different stereotypical elements. and the pseudo-psyche stuff is painfully reminiscent of hearing jayden smith talk 'existential' or the like.

lastly, it was the pilot that felt as though it might have had some of USA's old characters welcome mojo but I don't think there's a solid relationship anywhere to be found now. a few interesting scenes doesn't for me translate to memorable.
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Jul 16, 2015
Thank you, I totally agree. I really liked the first episode, but after that something happened and I*m lost. I don't know if it's too smart or just unfocused.
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Jul 16, 2015
if they just establish if mr.robot is real or not then ill be happy. i think the problem with this episode is that they spent too much time making us question whats real or not.
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Jul 17, 2015
I'm hoping that since we (the viewer) are Elliot's imaginary friend already, they won't muddy the waters by also making Slater's character a similar manifestation.
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Jul 17, 2015
hopefully
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Jul 16, 2015
There is this part of me that fears that my feeling about this show is a sign of me actually feeling my real age. I like it but on occasion I'm sort of like, well, yawn. Anyway, this was the first episode where I felt they were most clearly saying to us that Mr. Robot is not real (the preview for next week sort of looks like it implies the opposite).
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Jul 16, 2015
I've only been able to watch the first episode but i've got the rest on dvr. Please tell me it gets better. I heard every single radical leftist cliche to ever be uttered, from "evil corporations" to the "top 1%" to trashing the free market. I'm not saying a show focusing on extreme leftism can't be entertaining but how about some originality? I felt like I was watching some pothead during the Occupy Wall Street fiasco.
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Jul 16, 2015
If you watch the second episode you'll see in the first five minutes they turn expectations of the first episode upside down (Elliot realizes he's helped a group of terrorists). The tension comes from him trying to figure out a way out of the situation he created while also dealing with a mix of psychological issues and drug dependency.

Hackers are anti-establishment by nature but that doesn't mean the portrayal of Elliot is the show's heart any more than E-Corp's Tyrell ruthlessness is a portrayal of all people in business. I think the fun part of this show will be watching how the actions of the two extremes effect the people in the middle (namely Angela).
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Jul 16, 2015
If you get allergic reactions to that you shouldn't watch but I really wouldn't see this show targeted towards a "radical leftist" audience. It's part of Elliot's world view and I don't see any intention that the audience should fully identify with Elliot.
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Jul 16, 2015
This was the most boring hour of set up with pointless scenes and obvious filler time to stretch season to,how many episodes it has....
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Jul 16, 2015
God damn... I was way too sleepy to watch an episode like that. I did enjoy it but the moment the episode ended, I sort of lost lines of dialogue from my memory. Weeeell... It happens!

So... Four episodes in and I loved all of them. The whole deal with Mr. Robot being a figment of imagination is going through so many misdirects and teasing that I'll just give up. Obviously he interacts with other people when Elliot is going through his withdrawals. Argh... I'll continue watching but I'll leave the theorizing to other people. I don't want to think about possible dissociative identity disorders... They hurt my brain more than stories with multiverses.

I'm really amazed of how much I enjoy this show.
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Jul 16, 2015
Not really. The crack house was a hallucination.

The closest we got to an interaction was Mr Robot yelling at the hackers while Elliot was going through withdrawal on the bed, and the one hacker guy looking towards Elliot/Robot after. It could have been a reaction to Robot, or Elliot, or perhaps him just looking there to decide on whether-or-not he should leave him.

I'm not saying Robot is fake or real, but that was the closest to a true interaction I recall last night and it was ambiguous.
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Jul 16, 2015
"Obviously he interacts with other people when Elliot is going through his withdrawals"

What I meant was just that. It was a hallucination. If we see Mr Robot interacting with others at the time when Elliot is rolling in the sheets and seeing things and suffering from withdrawal, it's not really convincing.
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Jul 16, 2015
I usually don't enjoy these type of episodes, but I loved this one. It was a beautifully crafted hour of television.
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Jul 16, 2015
How many people has Elliot's fear of crippling solitude created? One, two, everyone?

His daemon monologue would seem to imply at least the three guys in the car with him.
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Jul 16, 2015
I'm not a huge techie either, but I would say, yes of course you can hack a thermostat. If you can control basic stuff like lights halfway across the world, via your computer, you sure as hell can control a tiny thermostat computer, that is being controlled by a huge building server computer to do what you want.
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Jul 16, 2015
Yes, that is true, but I think the bigger question is can you get the furnaces to make it hot enough to melt the tape the way Elliot demonstrated. That is pretty hot! I have seen 8-tracks melt in cars, at least the plastic "shell", but it is easier to get a small area that hot, a whole building, not so sure. At least the people can go outside and not die like in an explosion, but an explosion would definitely be more fun to watch. :)
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Jul 16, 2015
Well, LTO-9 (no one in the history of ever has ever spelled out the acronym in conversation) is 3 versions from even having an announced release date yet (I'd guess early 2021), so he can make up anything and it sounds reasonable, right?

Well, he's talking Fahrenheit (you can tell because the low temperature isn't 10), and while some LTO tapes have been able to handle temperatures as high as 113, some upper limits have been as low as 95, like HP's current LTO-6. That's operating temperature, not storage temperature, which implies that going above that temperature would be damaging to the tape in a very short amount of time. So that's plausible.

Can a room on a standard thermostat and heating system go above 95? Definitely. 113 would have been pushing it.

Can a thermostat be hacked to do so? Yes, smart thermostats are the norm in commercial buildings now, and you can even buy a Nest for your home. If it is "smart" it has a computer and can be hacked. Fun fact, the default failure mode for a Nest is or was "furnace wide open", and people came home to 100 degree homes. If this system has the same failure mode (many do, to prevent frozen pipes) then all you need to do is crash it, not even hack into it as such.

So, what's the opposite of "Myth Busted"? That.

Now, I'm not thermodynamics or even materials science expert, nor do I have enough detail about how these tapes are stored, so I can't tell you how long it takes from ambient temperature to get to the center of every one of these tapes, but it's a non-zero and probably substantial amount of time. The shorter they manage this temperature the more data evil corp might be able to recover (they might not tho, for reasons) so it's not a gamble I'd take.


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Jul 16, 2015
Well, the point is: Would a facility that is purposely off the grid have conveniently hackable thermostats? Seriously? Everyone in IT knows that the biggest weakness a server has is heat, so...
I agree with a previous poster, the pilot seemed promising but it feels downhill since then. When you have only a dozen episodes per season, why waste one entirely on a dream sequence.
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Jul 16, 2015
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Jul 16, 2015
4for4

I actually enjoyed this episode more than the last two, but it didn't have as stellar an opening title sequence as those two did. Really enjoyed it.
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Jul 16, 2015
The best part of this episode was when it went full meta during Elliot's fever dream as the other two guys made fun of shows like "Hackers" and "Tron" while predicting that someone soon would write a show that would mess up this generation's idea of hacker culture.

I also loved they are moving further from Elliot as the sole POV character. Last week it was Tyrell and this week they focused on Darlene and Angela. I like that they are sticking with different aspects of computer types and hope to see more from them in the future. Of course Elliot should always be the focus but it is good to see the world through a more reliable lens (even through a haze of drugs).

This show isn't for everyone but it is quickly becoming my favorite show.
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Jul 16, 2015
Funny, that's the bit that made me cry inside.
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Jul 16, 2015
I laughed when I heard that bit too, and thought the self referential comment was pretty ballsy. Or maybe it just showed confidence in what they were doing, letting the audience in on the joke, and trusting them to laugh with them, instead of at them.

Otherwise, Darlene's connection to Cisco and the Chinese hackers was a bit of a revelation. Both groups seem bent on cracking Evilcorp, but for different reasons. It looks like they might end up working together on this though. I wonder how Elliot will take it if he finds out they blackmailed Angela into installing malware at Allsafe, potentially getting her in trouble if anyone checks the door card access logs. I see some possible friction ahead...
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Jul 16, 2015
Was she at her own desk? I thought she put it in Elliots computer, I thought she was protecting herself and probably knows his password because of their friendship. I was angry at her! :)
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Jul 16, 2015
See I assumed she was at her boyfriend's cube and is going to try to pin the whole thing on him.
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Jul 17, 2015
That seems to be the plan. I just hope she borrowed his key card to get into the office though, or she could still be caught.
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