Mr. Robot "Mirroring" Review: I Can See Clearly Now

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Here's Maxence Cyrin's piano cover of The Pixies "Where Is My Mind" that closed "Mirroring" for your listening pleasure. And yes, that's the same song that ended Fight Club.


Thanks to the collective think tank known as the Internet, we've all had plenty of time to postulate insane theories about Mr. Robot, a series that has gone from innocuous USA drama about a hacker to one of the boldest shows on television. The journey to and through "Mirroring" has been a mind-melting head trip for us as we tried to piece together what was happening, what was real, and what were just television parlor tricks. 

Now imagine how all this felt from Elliot's point of view. "Mirroring" wasn't about revealing answers to us, it was about revealing answers to Elliot, and that's what gave the episode its power as a fantastic follow-up to the head-'sploding "White Rose." 

From the day Mr. Robot premiered—heck, weeks before in fact, thanks to USA throwing the pilot online before it aired—the popular theory regarding the character of Mr. Robot was that he didn't exist except in Elliot's mind, a Fight Clubbin' Tyler Durden-esque hallucination created by Elliot's psyche to justify, influence, or excuse his actions of saving the world by destroying Evil Corp. It's a theory I was fully on board with early on, took one foot off of for a while as we saw Mr. Robot interact with other characters occasionally, and eventually put aside as more pressing matters came forward (Shaylaaaa!). But Mr. Robot handled the entire question masterfully through the reveal in "White Rose" that Mr. Robot was actually Elliot's father (and Darlene was his sister). Even with that reveal, things were vague enough to leave us wanting more and "Mirroring" didn't dilly-dally with giving us the goods.

For some, Mr. Robot's existence was more important than others. Like I said, I stopped thinking about it to enjoy other parts of the series and I made myself believe that it wasn't intrinsically valuable to the core of the show since there was so much more to love about Mr. Robot, and I had already settled on the fact that he was a figment of Elliot's broken psyche. But that's a selfish audience-centric view of television because whether or not Mr. Robot was real or not was incredibly important. It's just that it was way more important to Elliot than us. 


I say this because "Mirroring" answered the big question about Mr. Robot and it wasn't for us greedy me-first viewers, it was for Elliot, and it was the absolute best choice for the show because for all the trickery and fun Mr. Robot has with camera angles and unreliable narrators, Mr. Robot is a character drama with Elliot at its center. Following up on Mr. Robot's request that they "need to have a talk" from the end of "White Rose," this week's episode saw Mr. Robot and Elliot revisiting Elliot's childhood stomping grounds as Mr. Robot promised answers. And the answer came in startling fashion while Elliot was at his father's grave. Mr. Robot, the version that was his dad, was never there as Elliot—and you and me—saw him. Elliot had imagined him in his mind, including through the recruitment process into Fsociety and all the meetings since. 

Instead of playing it as a "Gotcha!" to the audience, "Mirroring" put the focus where it belonged: on Elliot. A show in less capable hands would build up the truth about Mr. Robot and ride on the big switcheroo, but creator Sam Esmail and his writers were savvy enough to be a step ahead of us and know what we would think—that Mr. Robot didn't exist. They even wrote that in Elliot's voiceover panic: "This can't be happening, this can't be happening. It's happening, isn't it? And you knew all along, didn't you?" We did know all along, but watching Elliot come to terms with his world shattering was more powerful than any trick Mr. Robot could play on us. The scene in the graveyard was absolutely devastating thanks to perfect pacing and acting, but even more so in how it was handled with respect to us, the audience. We may have finally reached a point in television where twists and reveals aren't treated like magic tricks that showrunners think will elicit an "ooh" and an "ahh" as we sit dumbfounded and clap our hands like idiots. We're a smarter audience now, and these so-called "twists" need to reflect back on the story and characters with relentless effect. That's what happened here. 

It doesn't entirely change Elliot as a character, either, but it does open up a new layer to him. We've all figured he was somewhat crazy, and he had his suspicions, too. But now we know this wasn't an isolated incident and that he's done similar things before, things that were pushed down with a river of pills and medication and therapy. Things that have worried Darlene and Angela before. But now that Elliot knows the truth about his father and Mr. Robot, there's so much fun ahead in seeing how he'll react to everything, including the plan to take down Evil Corp. 


Does he need his imagined dad to push him towards greatness? We saw how Mr. Robot was worried that Darlene and Angela would threaten to "take him away again," and we saw how desperate he was to stay by Elliot's side forever. And in seeing that, it didn't feel crazy or weird; it felt almost necessary, as if Elliot needed him in his life even if it meant moving further away from sanity. Whatever Elliot needs to resolve within himself—the guilt, the secrets, the pain of being alone—might also destroy what makes him great. This is a much better look at the slippery slope of mental health that something like ABC's atrocious Black Box tried to scrape at before, and added another layer of importance to a show that was already tackling touchy and necessary subjects of corporate greed, social justice, and privacy issues. Is there anything this show can't do right now? 

What amazes me was how Mr. Robot was able to juggle all of these things in the first nine episodes without ever feeling weighed down by trying to do too much. I know there's one more episode left in the season, but it's so clear that Season 1 was incredibly well thought out and meticulously planned. In fact, Season 1 so far feels like a character-based preamble to what's ahead. I'm stunned by what we've seen over the last four episodes, guys. 



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– Another very cool intro sequence, this time time-warped back to 1994. And I love how it showed how important Elliot's dad was to him. "Even though what you did wrong, you're still a good kid. That guy was a prick. Sometimes that matters more." Isn't that the tenet of Elliot's beliefs right now?

– One show I haven't seen Mr. Robot compared to is NBC's Awake, the Jason Isaacs drama that I loved about a man whose realities are split into two. There's some parallel here, especially if Elliot decides he wants to figure out a way to keep his imaginary dad around.

– Elliot leading Tyrell into Fsociety HQ was one of those GASP moments.

– So, what do we consider Tyrell to be right now? He seemed to be groomed for the series' big antagonist, but at this point he and Elliot are two sides of the same coin and they might end up working together. Neither of them are what I would call mentally stable, they both want to take down Evil Corp, and they're both computer geniuses. Could this unlikely alliance actually hold or will Tyrell's ambition get in the way? 

– There's no way Angela would accept that job at Evil Corp, right? RIGHT? Or would she be a good mole to have on the inside for Elliot?

– The screener I watched may not have had all the post-production audio mixed in, but you know what it did have? CURSING! F-WORDS! It's great with those. 

– Other characters who have suffered from psychogenic amnesia, according to Wikipedia: Jason Bourne, Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS, Teri Bauer in 24, and King Lear. 

– Terry Colby: "I don't even understand the case, I have lawyers for that." Rich dicks, FTW!

– A big thanks to Cory for filling in me for me while I was on vacation, and for taking on what was probably the most difficult review of the season so far. "White Rose" was an amazing hour, and all I would have been able to say about it is, "WHAJEOIFHEIOHFOJOFEJ!!!" 

– One more thing! A rep for USA has asked me to let you know that for next week's finale, it's very important to watch the ENTIRE episode, like, all the way through the credits and all. Would you expect anything less from this series?

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Aug 25, 2015
Am I the only one here that thinks Elliott & Co. will use the gun to make Tyrell's death look like a suicide and frame him for the sh*tstorm of the past few weeks?
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Aug 24, 2015
Now that we know Mr. Robot is Elliot's father, the show's Dexter influence has become even clearer.
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Aug 31, 2015
Well, Christian Slater enters the definitive Hall of Fame of TV epic imaginary father figures, along with Mark Pellegrino, and James Remar. Any other we can think of?
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Aug 24, 2015
The Mr Robot store address is No.18. The Blank's Disk store is 13. I thought they may have been the same address separated by 20 years, especially as the first scene was of Slater peeling the labels of what looked like free magazine discs to resell as blanks. But maybe not. I guess 18 is still an E Corp bank. But it makes me wonder who is in 15...
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Aug 23, 2015
I can honestly say after this episode..this show is performing at a "Breaking Bad" type level!
Grade for this episode=A
How can the season finale top this??
CAN'T WAIT!!
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Aug 22, 2015
"And you knew all along, didn't you?"
- I agree. That was a pretty sweet line. I always appreciate when TV shows don't take us for fools.

- Thanks for the heads up about watching next week's episode completely. How would we know to do that without you telling us?

- The only thing that confused me was what happened to Tyrell in last week's and this week's episodes. Last week he had that conversation with Mr. Robot / Elliot (who initiated that meeting?) during which Tyrell said that "we were meant to be allies". Past tense? What past conversation between Tyrell and Elliot indicated that they had an agreement on being allies? And how did Tyrell finally connect all the dots about Elliot's involvement in the Big Plan in the most recent episode?
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Aug 22, 2015

This episode had a slight nod to Pulp Fiction as well. Elliot and his father went to see it after the 20 dollar bill incident, of course, and later in the episode, when Angela asks Elliot if he's ok, he borrows the famous line from Marcellus Wallace: "I'm pretty fucking far from ok..."

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Aug 22, 2015
"Could this unlikely alliance actually hold or will Tyrell's ambition get in the way?" The ambition seemed to belong more to Tyrell's wife. Booted out of his job AND his family, suspected of murder-who knows what's bouncing around in his creepy little head? Redemption? Revenge? Some other R-word?
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Aug 22, 2015
so the big twist was something we knew about 9 weeks ago (cause it was fucking obvious) yet people are lauding it?

Besides Rami Malek's awesome (as usual) performance, the episode, the reveal, the 'emotional' moments, sucked

What's the big deal with this show? it's nothing new, nothing special - something else it has in common with Dexter is the big 'reveal'

I HATE every character, i don't see why people love the likes of tyrell or the two female characters

Not only that but the reveal actually caused a couple of plot holes - we have seen multiple times Mr. Robot interacting with characters - are you telling me that was supposed to be Eliot (due to the fact that he claimed he was 'Mr. Robot')
So when we saw Christian Slater interacting with people, and Rami Malek was also in the shot - how does that explain Eliot was Mr. Robot?

and people said Pretty Little Liars' reveal made no sense?????

Really not loving this show - as usual, Tim over-hyped it WAY before it aired and it is just an average show with good performances

Wanna watch a real thought provoking, mind fuck of a show? watch Hannibal, which is blowing every show out of the water this summer
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Aug 24, 2015
"so the big twist was something we knew about 9 weeks ago (cause it was fucking obvious) yet people are lauding it?"

Did you even read the review? Tim explains this specifically in that most viewers knew, and the writers were aware of this, to the point that Elliot even says "And you knew all along, didn't you?". This was not a "gotcha" moment, it was just very deftly handled in the way that it impacts the character, not the viewer.
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Aug 24, 2015
Still overrated so
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Aug 22, 2015
"So when we saw Christian Slater interacting with people, and Rami Malek was also in the shot - how does that explain Eliot was Mr. Robot?"

It was just Elliot all along. All the other characters saw him, interacted with him and everything that came out of Mr. Robot's mouth actually came out of Elliot's mouth. Mr. Robot was just a character conjured up by Elliot's mind, hence Tim's references to Fight Club. When Mr. Robot talked and Elliot sat on the sidelines, it was actually Elliot who talked and imagined observing the situation from a third-person perspective. We the audience saw how the scenes played out in Elliot's head. When Darlene talked alone with Mr. Robot in a bar (ep. 7), she talked with Elliot. When Elliot walked into Steel Mountain (ep. 5) and had Mr. Robot talking into his ear piece and guiding him, it was just his mind making it all up.

When Elliot talked as Mr. Robot to others, did he actually talk in a cocky and impulsive manner, or did he just imagine that his demeanour was that of Mr. Robot, I don't know for sure. But I assume it's the latter, because I'm sure people would have otherwise noticed his odd split personality. I'm fairly certain he was Elliot all along, but when Mr. Robot spoke it was all in his head; either he spoke Mr. Robot's lines as Elliot, or then the scenes that we the viewers saw were just Elliot's interpretations of them. It might be that many times when Mr. Robot spoke to people (e.g to F-society), Elliot completely imagined it, and the discussions actually happened in another way, and we just got to see them the way they were filtered through Elliot's Mr. Robot mind machine.
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Aug 23, 2015
So how did he fall off that ledge in episode 2 (i think) where Mr. Robot clearly pushed him - is that gonna be a crap answer were he just fell?

I'm not saying the show is bad but it is really nothing new at all - the twists are cliche, it's not this groundbreaking show that everyone claims it to be
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Aug 23, 2015
Yeah, he jumped himself. He sat on the ledge imagining a conversation with Mr. Robot, then he imagined being pushed and actually fell. The same happened now in the most recent episode when he imagined pushing his dad/Mr. Robot out of the window. Elliot made himself fall out of it.
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Aug 22, 2015
Totally called it... The twist within the twist.. I think I might be watching too much TV...great episode by the way
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Aug 22, 2015
I love this show as much as anyone else does but I'm struggling with some logical ramifications of Mr Robot and Elliot being one and the same. This would imply that they cannot physically interact with each other. How exactly is the glass going to break if the only thing going through the window is a figment of his imagination? Or if it was actually Elliot himself that went through the window, then who pushed him? Also when he carried his father to the graveyard, how could he not notice that the person he was carrying was only imaginary and thus had no weight?

Plus that meeting with Tyrell toward the end made no sense if you consider that Mr. Robot already met with him and discussed fsociety. Oh well, still a great show though.
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Aug 22, 2015
I did not like the twist because it was handled very poorly and it contradict every we saw Darlyn always tread Eliot with suspicion and hostility suddenly she his dear sister and there a few occasions we saw Mr Robot and Eliote interact with other characters at the same time it just does not make sense for the all of sudden go the fight club path.
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Aug 31, 2015
Eliiot is mentally unstable and the two weren't close until he hatched this plan to take down Evil corp.

It is hardly surprising that she is suspicious of him.
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Aug 22, 2015
AH! So good! I was fully against Mr. Robot turning out to be a figment of Elliot's imagination; it was too obvious, I was worried it would be poorly handled or would negate any important character/relationship building between the two but damn they did this so good! I'm sorry I ever doubted. I'm seriously telling everyone I know that they must watch this show.

Tyrell is just the saddest little sociopath. He seemed so powerful and scary in the beginning and I love how completely unraveled he's become. His and Elliot's partnership is not going to last long, especially with Elliot's meaningful glance towards the popcorn machine handgun hiding place.

And finally, I feel bad for Gideon. Poor Gideon :(
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Aug 21, 2015
Fight Club is one of my favorite movies of all time. When I first started watching Mr. Robot and noticed the way that Elliot narrorates his inner thoughts I was like ok... this is a lot like Fight Club. Then when it was revealed that Fsociety's main goal was to wipe out everyone's debt, I was like ok... this is a lot like Fight Club. Then this week's episode reveals he's been talking to his father this whole time that's not really there I was like ok... this is a lot like Fight Club. So when I hear the piano version of "Where Is My Mind" playing at the end of the episode I was like ok... that's the writers of the show going "Yes we know. This is a lot like Fight Club".
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Aug 21, 2015
holy shit. this was spaghetti with shitballs (in awesome kinda way). this show man, it's unbelievable. So so good.

"One more thing! A rep for USA has asked me to let you know that for next week's finale, it's very important to watch the ENTIRE episode, like, all the way through the credits and all. Would you expect anything less from this series?" omg


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Aug 21, 2015
The fight club was one of the first movies that portrayed
dissociative identity disorder. Elliot has obviously the same disease.
It is defined as the appearance of distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior, accompanied by memory impairment for important information that can't be explained by normal forgetfulness. It is usually triggered by some traumatic event. That was in Elliot's case the death of his father. This series is not only entertaining but also educative without getting boring or too theoretical. The writers of the show are brilliant. I love this series so much. I highly recommend it.

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Aug 21, 2015
OMG this is sooo good! My head's still spinning...

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Aug 21, 2015
I liked the show a lot until the Fight Club twist. That was too predictable to be as ingenious as the rest of the show is (to me). However, this is a tv show that doesn't stop at this revelation, so I'm still looking forward to how this will be handled from now on.
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Aug 24, 2015
The point was that it was *meant* to be predictable. They knew full and well that viewers would pick up on that, which is why Elliot even says "And you knew all along, didn't you?". They are specifically nodding to the fact that viewers should have been aware of this from early on. It was not meant to be a big twist for the viewer, but rather the character. The reveal was not important for us as viewers, but for Elliot.
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Aug 21, 2015
I'm still reeling from the Darlene twist - especially in the wake of seeing her slip firmly into her role as his sister. The more I think about it though, the more it makes sense to what came before - her knowing his address and being in his shower, the way she both spoke frankly to him and looked up to him, and even how she kept updating him on her life story when they had seemingly just met. It is just perfect writing.
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Aug 24, 2015
Ya that one definitely threw me through a loop. It makes so much sense in hindsight, but at the time, you couldn't help but be like "why the fuck is this chick so comfortable with him that she just shows up in his place, uses his shower, etc?"
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Aug 22, 2015
Darlene reveal and continuity with previous eps was amazeballs. I also like that in the photos Eliot and his Dad were dressed like characters from Back to the Future and that an earlier episode had Angela show up to watch his favourite movie with him.

His whole delusional world was subtly telegraphed before the big reveal, but in a show with very little wasted exposition and with incredibly sparse dialogue from the narrator himself.

Do you write a show like this backwards? Seriously low fat and lean piece of entertainment that I thought had done all it could in the pilot. Happy to be wrong.
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Aug 21, 2015
Dang!
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Aug 21, 2015
Tyler Durden and Patrick Bateman working together. Pulp fiction and Blade Runner references. Shout outs to Nintendo cartridges, Back to the Future, Macbeth, Hackers & Timecop?!

It's like a dream I never knew I had coming true. This show just bumped Hannibal out of my top 5. Even if it falls off next season, I will pay attention to anything Esmail writes in the future.
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Aug 21, 2015
Aah finally some clarity!
What a great episode, I love this show.
Also good to know I wasn't the only one who had trouble with what the heck was going on with Elliot/Mr Robot :)
I'm definitly going to watch it all over again, but with a different perspective now, lots of fun!
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Aug 21, 2015
– There's no way Angela would accept that job at Evil Corp, right? RIGHT? Or would she be a good mole to have on the inside for Elliot?

This T.V. show is too complex and smart for here to be a mole inside and help Elliot. I think she will take the job at Evil Corp because of Colby's comment "If you really want to change things it's more effective to do it from the inside". Her telling Elliot to "take care of himself" and not bothering to take anymore action to help him is foreshadowing the disconnect and different paths that both of them are about to take that will inevitably distance them in the season finally and probably the first few episodes of next season. And either Evil Corp had Colby hire her to hang something on her, or they have some other angle and she'll end up working there trying to "fix things from the inside" and end up like Colby after a while; Desensitized to the atrocities that Evil Corp commits until Elliot swoops in and shows her "the light" again.
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Aug 21, 2015
If she takes that job, it's because of whatever Colby said to her father before she came in. Taking that job could effectively derail her case, or at least remove her claim in it, but her father looks like he needs the money now and can't wait the 5-7 years it's gonna take to play out.
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Aug 21, 2015
Could someone explain to me with whom was Tyrell talking in his car? Who threatened him if Mr. Robot doesn't exista?
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Aug 21, 2015
Elliot's other personality (Mr. Robot) did talk to Tyrell in his car. He knew Elliot was F-Society and threatened to say something. Since Elliot's other personality (Mr. Robot) was shown being in the car; Elliot doesn't remember the conversation taking place. Just like I doubt Elliot remembers pointing the gun at and threatening to kill the black guy hacker if he didn't finish what he said he was going to do.
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Aug 21, 2015
DanielMerril thanks for your answer, however, if that's true, why does Tyrell enter in the room at the end and starts saying that He knows the truth? haven't they already talk about it? Haven't they already seen each other? why do they talk about starting to work together? theyalready work together! someone please shine a light upon it!.
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Aug 21, 2015
I usually watch the better shows I DVR as they air or later the same night. With this show I wait a day or two because it's such a mind f**k that my brain wouldn't sufficiently absorb everything if I'm tired while watching it.
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Aug 22, 2015
I do the exact same thing for the exact same reason.
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Aug 21, 2015
can you make a gif please? Of course i can. here it is


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Aug 21, 2015
Bank!! :O
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Aug 21, 2015
The take of a psychiatrist on Elliot. Really worth a read: http://www.vulture.com/2015/08/mr-robot-elliot-alderson-psych-evaluation.html
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Aug 21, 2015
Ding-ding-ding! I suggested dissociative disorder in my comments on the prior episode. I'm not a psychiatrist - but I play one on tv.com. :)

Seriously, this deepens the pathos of Mr. Robot - his father's death hurt Elliot so deeply, not only did his heart break, but his mind broke, too. In order to cope, his mind created its own reality, its own world for Elliot.

In Elliot's judgment, Evil Corp murdered his father. And Wellick, recently fired from ECorp, confesses that he, too, murdered someone albeit quite a bit more directly.

Wellick asks Elliot: “What did you hope to accomplish by doing all this?” “I don’t know,” Elliot responds at first. But then he says: “I wanted to save the world.”

Does Elliot really want to save the world? Or did the hack start out as a way to avenge his father's death and save himself, save his world?
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Aug 21, 2015
I think my brain just broke.
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Aug 21, 2015
I don't have a brain to break.
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Aug 20, 2015
Another terrific episode. Just loved it. Am I right in assuming that Tyrell was threatening to strangle Elliott if Elliott didn't tell him what he wanted to know about fsociety?
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Aug 21, 2015
That's what I took it to mean. We know he'd at minimum beat him to a pulp like he did that poor vagrant man.
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Aug 20, 2015
Ending the episode with "Where is my mind" makes it feel like the ending of Fight Club. Though because it's an instrumental version of the song, I feel like that ending was more of an homage to Fight Club since they're kind of doing a similar thing: Returning everyone to zero.
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Aug 21, 2015
Yep, totally.
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Aug 20, 2015
This show is insane!
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Aug 22, 2015
Actually the main characters are insane :)
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Aug 20, 2015
This is an episode that deserves to be watched twice.
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Aug 20, 2015
Great show but Flipper get way too little screentime!
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Aug 21, 2015
I worry about the dog getting enough care when Elliott is unraveling. Was grateful to Darlene for taking him out for a walk this episode. Especially when Tyrell showed up. He would have had no problem hurting the dog to force Elliott's compliance and nobody needed to see that. More shots of QWERTY not floating dead in his tank would be welcome too!
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Aug 20, 2015
My favorite part about Mr Robot?

The fact that it seems like the curse of Christian Slater has finally been exorcised.

I LOVE the guy, but his shows keep getting cancelled. My Own Worst Enemy was amaze-balls, and ZAP it gets cancelled. Breaking In was fun, and ZAP it gets re-worked for S2 then cancelled. Mind Games had potential and ZAP, it's a gonner.

So hopefully this broke the curse and future Christian Slater projects will survive!
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Aug 24, 2015
Well the show got renewed for season 2 ages ago, so he's at least managed to make it to season 2 of a show (I don't count Breaking In, because the second season was terrrrrrrible).
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Aug 24, 2015
Yeh, that re-work for S2 was just incredi-bad.

First season was great and had charm -- and then... w t h?

Still, hoping he sticks around in S2 as Elliot's id or whatever. He might not be THE main character but he's still super important in my opinion.
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Aug 20, 2015
Amazing! , again i'm stunned by the superb quality of this show , this is already on my list of greatest shows ever , a big round of applause to the creator and writers of this anazing master piece , Bravo!!!
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Aug 20, 2015
Of course Angela is going to take the job, she kinda acts righteous, but it is pretty clear she has that selfish/egocentric side in her character where she puts herself in front of the others.
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Aug 20, 2015
I think she'll do it because of her dad's debts.
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Aug 20, 2015
Eh, she has no money and apparently can not get a job herself , so yeah, writers basically gave her all the motivation she needs
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Aug 21, 2015
I'm wondering now what Terry Colby's motivation is... does he want to basically endanger Evil Corp for screwing him over by helping to plant Angela in the company?
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Aug 20, 2015
What do you guys think is on the SD card Flipper ate?
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Aug 20, 2015
I think that was just a broken shard of a component from the machine Elliott had just paranoiacally gutted.
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Aug 20, 2015
It has been a long time since I thought a show was THIS good. The way they make us all feel so connected to Elliot is amazing.

I kinda think Angela will take the job with Evil Corp. I am really hoping she and Elliot will have a real conversation about all the shit going on soon. Whatever he's about to try probably won't work the way he wants it to. He's going to need someone inside now that Tyrell has been fired... which is kinda weird since Tyrell wasn't working with Elliot on purpose, but he was definitely beneficial to Elliot's plans.
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Aug 20, 2015
My uncle Carl got a Mercedes just clicking a tv.com poll. Then I came to the sudden realization: I was uncle Carl. And the Mercedes was imaginary!
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Aug 20, 2015
This is one of those rarities that has stayed consistently top class from start to almost finish. I have no reason to believe the finale will see a sudden drop in quality. I definitely see the comparison with Awake which was also superb. However whereas I really wanted a second season of Awake, I really think that Mr Robot should end on one season. Unless they throw us all a massive curve ball I can't even imagine what could be in another season other than it straying into Life on Mars territory. Oh great I've just thought of that and now I do want a second season. Damn it.
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Aug 20, 2015
There's going to be 4 or 5 seasons. Esmail said it on Twitter: Sam Esmail on Twitter - http://unf.li/1J8FH7w
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Aug 21, 2015
He says: "I have an ending and it's about 4 or 5 seasons away", meaning he has a 4 or 5 year story arch. This doesn't mean he has been renewed for 4 or 5 years. It only means that if he gets renewed every time, he has an overall story arch ready.
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Aug 20, 2015
I do hope you're referring to the US version of LIfe on Mars and not the UK version. That one (and Ashes to Ashes) was wonderfull.
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Aug 20, 2015
As Tim already pointed out in the review about the episode where Shayla so tragically died, we're in Breaking Bad Territory now. I'm confident there will be no drops in quality. And you got your wish. Mr. Robot was already renewed ahead of its premiere. Here's the link:USA renews Mr. Robot
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Aug 20, 2015
Thanks for that link. can't believe I didn't know about that renewal. I still haven't started Breaking Bad yet. My plan is to watch Better call Saul until it gets to events at the beginning of Breaking Bad then watch it. 😀
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Aug 21, 2015
wrong move dude, wrong move...
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Aug 21, 2015
big mistake
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Aug 20, 2015
i am speechless, i have seen a lot of tv, if i calculate the hours it would add up to at least 5-6 years of my 28 yrs life, But in none of those hours , i have ever seen such perfect tv show. Every show has its flaws, some try too much , some stress upon same thing so much that it becomes boring, some of them just treat us like stupid, but we watch them anyway coz there is nothing better on tv. But this show is just perfectly well balanced. Though show is about Elliot, But even if u forget about him for a moment , the rest of show is equally entertaining , that sums up how beautifully this show has portrayed its characters. I love this show.
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Aug 20, 2015
Who were the two goons with Colby at Angela's house? Did he think she was going to kick his ass? All these Evil Corp guys roll like mafia dons...
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Aug 20, 2015
It's not uncommon for some executives, of major companies, to have that type of personal protection. Plus, Colby was visiting the house of two people (Angela AND her father) who had lost a loved one to something he was a party to.
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Aug 20, 2015
Time to start the Emmy Talk for Rami Malek
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Aug 20, 2015
I'm not sure the show is eligible for any Emmies since the eligibility cutoff date is May 31 and the series began airing on June 24. However, USA made the pilot available online and on video on demand on May 27, so it's possible the show is eligible. Either way, it is likely eligible for the Golden Globes and other entertainment awards, and it sure deserves whatever awards it wins.
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Aug 20, 2015
BLOWN away! Literally! Last week reveals were huge, but while I had a feeling what was coming (especially once they reached the grave yard), it was still done PERFECTLY and, as Tim said, the focus and writing were perfect; it wasn't a reveal to the audience, since we knew, it was a reveal to Elliot.

Where is My Mind has always been one of my all time favourite songs, and I think it was far more relevant here than in Fight Club, though it was good there, too. And the haunting piano rendition, and with the dialogue between Elliot and Tyrell in, yes, the FSociety's headquarters -- gulp indeed -- is STILL giving me the chills just typing about it! GENIUS GENIUS GENIUS!!

The exchange between the two was brilliant, and beautifully written despite the horror of the topic of Tyrell's confession. It was the complete baring of their souls (again, with the soundtrack), that did it, and the knowledge of all that had happened in this and the last episode that was heartbreaking. The visit back to childhood, the knowledge, again, that he lost his father (who will 'always be there'!), the small things like the flickering lights of the old games, and the popcorn...

You knew what was coming with Tyrell when he got canned and stormed out, and that a huge showdown is coming with the company, but HOW it was done up to now is nothing short of perfect.
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Aug 20, 2015
Mr Robot did what no show has ever done. Have me agree with Tim Surette. That alone is enough to know that F*Society will change the world
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Aug 20, 2015
You funny!
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Aug 20, 2015
And to think some people were indenial that Mr. Robot wasn't real... If he were real, that would have been lazy writing, with all the false clues given. I mean, the writers supposedly "teasing" the audience. No, in a good show, if the writers put something there, it has a reason to exist more than just "teasing."

I found it interesting that Elliot told Tyrell he was alone in the hack. Obviously, he doesn't trust Tyrell enough to reveal the participation of the others. However, for a moment I started to wonder if all the hackers weren't imaginary, but then there's Darlene, which Elliot didn't tell Tyrell about, and the scene in which Darlene has long conversations with the Muslim girl. But Tim is right, at some point we have to stop worrying about what is imaginary and what isn't. It'll drive us crazy.

It's also interesting that Mr. Robot physically is Elliot's father (and he hasn't aged a day since 1994). But his personality is entirely different. Mr. Robot is a dick. Based on the flashback it seems Elliot has a distorted memory of how his father would act now if he lived.

Poor Elliot: keeps falling from high places. He falls through the window as a kid. An accident? His father pushed him? Then, Mr. Robot pushes him from the pier. In fact it was Elliot that jump. Elliot pays it back and pushes Mr. Robot through the window, but it's, in fact, Elliot jumping again.

Nice touch of Mr. Robot sitting on Elliot's father's grave for a rest, and then disappearing from the story. It's like his ghost returned to where he came from.

Another surprising aspect was that Angela, really has known Elliot for a very long time and is perfectly aware of his problems. At first we think she's outside this situation and just finds him weird. No, she knows full well what kind of creature he is.

Angela might just as well take the job so next season she'll have a whole interesting story arc. Otherwise, what will the writers do with her?

Now I want to watch all the episodes again and consider them from a different perspective, now that I know the truth. Or at least much closer to the truth, because really, we'll never know...
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Aug 20, 2015
Well, I think it's safe to assume Darlene is real.

I mean, if we're operating on the assumption Angela and/or Tyrell are real, then Darlene must be real as well, because both of those characters have interacted with her (Angela has interacted with her face-to-face, and Tyrell acknowledged he was waiting for her to leave Elliot's apartment before he showed up in this episode).
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Aug 20, 2015
I never doubted Darlene and Angela were real. But when Elliot told Tyrell it was only he, for a moment I enertained the possibility that Romero, Fat Guy with Glasses and Muslim Girl were imaginary. But no, I don't think they are. Wait, are YOU real? Oh, heck, let's watch the finale next week.
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Aug 20, 2015
Of course I'm real! Don't worry about the fact that I look EXACTLY like one of your long-deceased relatives... it's just a coincidence.

On a serious note-
As for what members of fsociety are real:
Trenton (the Muslim, college girl) has to be real, because Darlene directly interacted with her in that one episode. Then, through the process of elimination, anyone in fsociety who has directly interacted with Trenton can be confirmed as real. The leftover members remain questionable.
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Aug 20, 2015
This show has been so well thought out. All year I loved the retro style of the title sequence as it stood out in stark contrast to the rest of the show. Tonight's reveal that it mimicked Elliot's dad's Mr Robot store sign from 1994 was perfect.

The ride this season has been amazing and everything so far has made Mr Robot one of my favorite TV experiences. In the first episode, Elliot seemed to have superhuman computer skills and was a vigilante bent on using his skills to help the less fortunate. While we always suspected that Mr Robot was a figment of Elliot's imagination, it never changed out relationship with him.

Tonight changed everything. The viewer can never again be fooled with camera tricks. We now have absolute proof that Mr Robot is his Elliot's dad and his dad is dead. It changed the viewers relationship with Elliot forever. This revelation made me a bit sad. Over the season Elliot has slowly morphed from a vigilante bent on justice to a man-child attempting to right the wrongs of events beyond his control 20 years ago.

The show has done a great job hide its intensions only to seem obvious when they reveal the 'truth'. I have no idea how the season is going to end and I can't wait to see it.
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Aug 21, 2015
As soon as they make one of these in a ladies' cut shirt I'm getting one. That store brought back a lot of memories!
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Aug 20, 2015
I went a bit apoplectic, a combo of rage, disbelief, and maybe powerlessness, at Colby's info about the future resolution of the case, planning to draw it out for nearly a decade, and that EvilCorp has already made 5 times more money from its "rainy day fund" than any lawsuit could cost.

And then the comments about fast food joints "selling diabetes to millions" and "Philip Morris handing out lung cancer every hour, on the hour." It's all inhumane but sort of from both sides, showing his understanding and acceptance of the complete lack of caring from corporations as human-created psychopathic entities.

As for the "f" bleeping, it did result in Elliot saying "Jesus King Christ!" I kind of like it. I might start saying it that way from now on in polite society, with that little extra beat just before the second word. Who knows, it could become the new "frak". :-)

Also, I'm glad I don't have a ready answer for what Angela will do, or how Tyrell will use, or be used by, fsoc. The show goes where it wants to go, and may be driven by things it has yet to reveal to us. Hurray, Mr. Robot!
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Aug 22, 2015
For me it isn't evil corporations as much as it is evil people.
The show has shown us that evil exists in many places, some obvious like some corporations, but others less obvious like the self righteous where their end game justifies the means. There is good and bad on both sides of the spectrum... and the less obvious is the scariest for me


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Aug 20, 2015
Man, this is the type of show that deserves some serious awards' love, but because it's on USA... sigh.
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Aug 21, 2015
This and Suits are both great in different ways. USA is coming right along. Maybe awards will follow soon.
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Aug 20, 2015
Monk generated its fair share of awards.
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Aug 20, 2015
True. I don't know why I keep forgetting about all the love Monk got...

Here's to hoping Mr. Robot gets USA back on the award's map. It deserves it, for both acting and writing.
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Aug 20, 2015
This episode was a perfect example of why Mr Robot is one of the best things on TV. It masterfully sets up the season finale which I am sure will be very entertaining.
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Aug 20, 2015
Sadly i think its they the same person, like his imaginary dad :(
"So, what do we consider Tyrell to be right now? He seemed to be groomed for the series' big antagonist, but at this point he and Elliot are two sides of the same coin and they might end up working together. Neither of them are what I would call mentally stable, they both want to take down Evil Corp, and they're both computer geniuses. Could this unlikely alliance actually hold or will Tyrell's ambition get in the way? "
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