No one who has been emasculated by crushing or cutting may enter the assembly of the Lord – Deuteronomy 23:1
Forget everything I said last week, this show is back in my good graces. This episode even makes episode 2 more relevant. There aren’t any fancy hacks in this episode. No push-pull scenes between Mr. Robot/Elliot. By all accounts, it should be the most boring episode of the series without the elements but it’s actually one of the best.
Last week, I complained about how that episode had way more exposition than normal. Characters would announce their actions and motivations in each scene. In this recent episode, we were shown what was happening behind the scenes. Exposition nonetheless but this stays true to character of the show.
Elliot kicks off the episode back at the F Society arcade the night of the 5/9 hack. He attempts to kill Tyrell with the gun hidden in the popcorn but it jams. Any normal person would have taken the opportunity to rush Elliot and wrestle the gun away from him. Being that Tyrell is the American Psycho avatar for this show, we know he’s anything but normal. Since he’s still alive, he sees this as divine intervention. He believes that he and Elliot are truly gods and they must embark on this mission together.
It is revealed that Irving has been in the background the entire time. We haven’t seen him because we weren’t supposed to. He even tells Tyrell and Elliot “You see me. This means you messed up.”
One of the best things about this episode happens when it jumps over to Whiterose who has been appearing as Minister Zhang in these recent episode. In numerous episodes of season 2, there has always been an Info Wars style talk show playing on every TV. Whiterose feeds this show agendas and wants to use it to make the public question anything negative about Tyrell and his family. Also, Zhang wants to push Donald Trump as presidential candidate. Since this show is still in 2015, this is a smart way to nod at the current state of our country. This decision didn’t seem forced and in fact, it makes Whiterose and Dark Army more sinister.
Without picking apart every single detail of this episode, what I love most reestablishment of distinctive tone. Season 2 was darker and almost teetered on the verge of being horror. This season is noir influenced. One of my favorite scenes in this episode is Mr. Williams investigation of Tyrell. This scene is obviously influenced by Twin Peaks.
Then there’s Irving, who has all the quirks of a fixer in a Tarantino film. He’s instantly one of the most interesting characters in the entire series. As if being a used car salesman isn’t slimy enough, he manipulates people, Tyrell included, by creating a family. He wants people to trust him, although he shouldn’t be trusted. In fact, no one should be trusted. There have been theories about how far Dark Army’s reach is but now it’s confirmed, they’re everywhere. Last season, I thought Santiago was Dark Army before coming to the conclusion that he’s just an inept supervisor. Now, we definitely know he’s a member of Dark Army. At this point, who isn’t?
Two takeaways we should pull from this episode are 1) Tyrell refused to pledge his loyalty to the Dark Army, he said he will only remain loyal to Elliot. This gets really interesting since Mr. Robot want to work with the Dark Army and Elliot wants to undo the 5/9 hack. 2) Tyrell is motivated by winning Joanna back. Last week, I mentioned her death didn’t seem like the big deal is should be. Well now, it definitely is a big deal. We, the audience, have to wonder how her death pushes Tyrell.
What I love most about Mr. Robot is every decision made has repercussions. The story expanded the world around the central characters and raised the stakes at the same time. This episode is exactly what was needed to push the story forward. Which is weird, because things had to go backwards to do so.
Episode File extension (I actually had to look this one up):
Files that contain the .so file extension are most commonly used for shared library files. Programs written in the C and C++ language load a shared library when they are launched on a user’s hard drive.
The SO files that are used by the computer applications contain shared program logic and other functions that are used to load common files into the library. This allows more than one program to use the same code base, even if they are running on different processes.
The SO files are commonly used on Unix operating systems. The files are similar to the DLL files that are used by Windows operating systems.
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