“Our World Has Changed.” Mr. Robot’s New Season Proves It.
There’s not many questions that have not been asked concerning the first season of Mr. Robot on USA Network. The hack-centric series focuses on Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) and his pseudo-relationships with individuals in his life (none of which can be called friends or family, by societal standards). I won’t go into detail about the thickening plot, or the basic storyline of the show, because you’re either watching, or you’re missing the best dramatic series to air on basic cable since its inception.
Let’s assume from here that you’re already a viewer and anything beyond this point is reading for those who have viewed all episodes that have aired.
There is a concern among fans that Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday) is facing more than she can handle, while maintaining her sense of normalcy. While my belief is that she won’t revert to ‘the dark side,’ I do believe we’re going to see a calloused, hardened character without the season one optimism that Angela showed. There seems to be a killer instinct developing in her that was absent even toward the end of season one and she’s quite frankly tired of being taken advantage of.
Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is also showing signs of an upcoming change of attitude. Her ability to maintain order, control situations and lead without fear seems to be shaky, at best. In the season two premiere, there were several instances, without saying a word, that gave an impression that Darlene was questioning her own judgment. Personally, she’s one of my favorite parts of the show, because she’s the (living) tie between the real world and Elliot, although Mr. Robot insisted in season one that “he” was the only one who could be trusted. My guess is that Darlene has a few deep secrets that are nowhere close to being revealed. Is she even who we believe her to be?
Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) in the season two opener tells Elliot that he’s going to show him that others can see him. That’s a bold statement. Just when we’re getting used to the idea of sharing the responsibility of being a voice inside of Elliot’s head, our fellow voice starts deciding he’s not going to be confined to a single dimension. My thought is, perhaps we’ll see an explanation of the missing timelines in Elliot’s days and the reasoning behind them. I believe there is more to his ‘drug use’ than just an addiction.
I won’t dive too deeply into my thoughts on season two just yet. I have to rewatch the episode and fill in the blanks in my own mind and I frankly do not want to figure too much out before things happen. The element of surprise is incredibly strong in this show. It’s nice to see USA Network give Sam Esmail freedom to use the language, the pace and the sexuality the series has, in a way that strengthens the uncomfortable feeling we, the audience have as a part of the show. We’re drawn in, while at the same time, feel distant from what the characters are dealing with. Let’s see how close we’re permitted to get before someone else ends up in the trunk of a car. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Right?