Last year season two of Mr. Robot appeared more divisive than season one. After the popularity of its first season, though, it’s natural Sam Esmail‘s USA drama wouldn’t match everyone’s expectations. Plus, the twist midway through season two was destined to polarize. Whether the reveal ended up working or not can be debated, but it was still one of the many bold choices made with season two.
USA Network has announced a Mr. Robot season 3 premiere date: the series returns for its third season this October. Below, learn more about Mr. Robot season 3 and who just got promoted to a series regular.
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Mr. Robot protagonist Elliot Alderson (the character, not the actor, Rami Malek) isn’t happy with Donald Trump being elected President of the United States. This morning, Mr. Robot creator/showrunner Sam Esmail shared a “leaked” page from a season 3 script in which Elliot explains to his therapist Krista why society disappoints him so much.
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Mr. Robot Season 2 has come to a close, leaving us with a couple of cliffhangers and many questions. Thankfully Mr. Robot showrunner Sam Esmail and some of the cast have answered some of your burning questions, or at very least, providing insight into the choices that were made in this finale. What is going to happen to Phase 2 of F Society’s plans? How does Tyrell play into the future of this story? What is going on with Angela? Is the FBI too close to stopping it all? What’s with that post-credits scene? And what might we expect from Mr. Robot season 3? Hit the jump as we attempt to sift through the
Hit the jump as we examine the interviews and try to answer all of your Mr. Robot Season 2 finale questions.
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Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Corey Atad
I strongly suspect Mr. Robot’s second season finale is going to be divisive. The episode itself was actually quite straightforward—hardly the mindtrip we got last week, which sent some viewers into a tizzy over whether the show might just be too much for them. The trouble the Mr. Robot has run into, rather, is that its first season was merely the beginning of something larger, and now that we’re piecing together that larger story, the smaller moments can come across as less consequential. This is what drives complaints that “nothing is happening” on the show, or that it’s too self-indulgent, or even that it’s lost sight of the plot. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Corey Atad
“You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.”
So begins one of the most important, influential video games ever made. Infocom’s Zork was birthed in an MIT lab in the late 1970s. It was released to the public as a series of text-based adventure games in the early ’80s, and went on to shape much of the structure present in modern adventure and exploration games. Its enigmatic opening remains, perhaps, the greatest beginning to a video game ever made. Poor grammar aside, Zork’s opening lines invite the player into a new universe built almost entirely by the player’s own imagination. Where modern games max out on polygons and rendering detail and atmospheric effects to present a cinematic vision for gamers, Zork stands as a testament to the power of simple text on a screen, as well as to the underlying structures that make games work. Give the play a place to explore; set boundaries; create obstacles; leverage frustration. As you progress and fail and progress some more in search of a path to the end, the biggest question the game leave you with is, “what am I not seeing?”
It’s fitting that Elliot asks himself the same thing near the end of “Python Part 1,” the penultimate episode of Mr. Robot’s similarly enigmatic, confounding, sometimes frustrating second season. Elliot—and not just Elliot—is searching through a dark, unknowable space, the boundaries of which keep expanding and expanding as the search carries on. At some point there might be an end, or an escape, or even just a door to some better place of the imagination. Our “hero” is caught in the second stages of an adventure. He’s left the field, entered the house, found the door to a mysterious cellar, venture down and discovered the Great Underground Empire.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Corey Atad
Sometimes TV gives you a sustained heart attack. I’m talking about the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, the opening sequence of the Lost pilot, and Breaking Bad’s “Crawl Space.” All are examples of TV episodes that come down to sustained, heart-stopping sequences. Intense moments that keep you fixed in place. Mr. Robot has certainly had moments of shock, and sequences that have kept us on the edge of our seats, but nothing like what “Hidden Process” has given us. After a season’s worth of revving up, and only three hours left, Mr. Robot has kicked things into high gear, and the result is the first episode that left me breathless.
The episode ended and I let out and took a deep breath back in. I needed it. The recharge. I was still shaking for minutes after. I’m probably still shaking as I type this. Mr. Robot has done great intercut sequences this season. It’s done long takes, often multiple times each episode. It’s had amazing, intense music cues. But here, all in one episode, Sam Esmail, his writers, and his crew, have performed something almost virtuosic—thirty minutes of symphonic interplay between several plots at once, interweaving tension and information, all leading to a single shot that demands attention and forces you not to blink. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Corey Atad
So we’ve officially come to it. The home stretch. The final run of Mr. Robot’s second season. After last week’s “break,” Esmail and co. have thrust us into the end game for this second act. Usually this would be the time for scene setting, for laying the table with all the pieces that will come into play during the finale. And certainly, those elements are all in this episode. The small details. The bits of mysterious, oblique exposition that only leaves more questions. These have become tropes in the age of “prestige TV.” Mr. Robot obliges, as it should, but it has a different feeling that most.
I’m going to chalk it up to the labor the show took in the first half of the season, re-building Elliot’s fractured mental state and getting a glimpse at the other characters’ lives without him in action. Now we’re out of that initial stage—Stage 1, as it were—even an episode devoted to setting up an ending feels like a massive step forward. The show had been in a self-imposed stasis for several episodes, with its characters doing little more than protect their own position in the post-5/9 world. That protection has finally hit a wall, and the characters have been forced into making some serious decisions. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Corey Atad
We’ve had a week now to come to terms with the big reveal in the last Mr. Robot. I will admit even I have continued to feel trepidation over the twist we got—not that I didn’t think it was well handled, but it might’ve been one stone throw too far. I’ve seen some propose that it might’ve been better had Sam Esmail eschewed the twist and revealed Elliot’s true state of mind right away, or at least much earlier. That thought is difficult to dismiss. Esmail effectively put us, as viewers, in an adversarial relationship with his main character. It’s part of the character’s current psychological journey, but it’s not exactly friendly to the viewer. The strength, then, of the twist’s impact can only be felt in its aftermath, but we’ve been deprived of that, too.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 by Fred Topel
USA presented a panel called “Decoding Season_2.0 With the Women of Mr. Robot” for the Television Critics Association, featuring stars Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, Grace Gummer, and Stephanie Corneliussen. Creator and showrunner Sam Esmail was busy editing the show, so representing the behind the scenes of the show was Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.
We had the chance to meet with Olmstead after the Mr. Robot panel. As EVP of Development, Olmstead took the show to pilot and series and she’s also developed UCP’s current and upcoming slate of shows including 12 Monkeys, Shooter, Falling Water, and recently announced series based on Neil Gaiman’s Interworld, Dark Horse Comics’ Umbrella Academy, Boom Studio’s The Woods and Top Cow’s Bushido. Olmstead took us inside Mr. Robot and how UCP develops series for cable. Read More »
Last night’s episode of Mr. Robot, “eps2.5h4ndshake.sme,” featured a pretty big twist that left some fans upset and others feeling it was too obvious all along. Our own Corey Atad has already offered a significant analysis of the episode, but I wanted to take a deeper look and also find out what series creator Sam Esmail has to say about the intention and response.
It should be noted that the following post delves into major spoilers for season 2 of Mr. Robot up through last night’s episode “eps2.5h4ndshake.sme.” If you haven’t watched the August 17 episode yet, please bookmark this post for a later time.
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