First off, apologies for not posting a recap last week. I was a bit under the weather. Last week’s episode was light on story but filled with visual goodies. It was an Emmy’s-bait episode but I’m totally not saying that in a bad way. It’s a testament to the amazing work this show does behind the scenes and makes it arguably the most groundbreaking show since Breaking Bad.
Elliot is fired from E-Corp and has to evade security to get to the server room. Angela, who made the call to fire Elliot, has to put in the work for the Stage 2 hack on her own because Dark Army doesn’t know Elliot is fired. Elliot discovers Darlene is working for the FBI and that Angela is working for the Dark Army and this episode comes to a dramatic cliffhanger conclusion.
And that’s where we pick up this week.
Ever had a program on your computer you couldn’t terminate by simply closing it out? Maybe it was frozen. Or kept crashing. This is where CTRL + ALT + DELETE comes in (for all you Windows folks). You then go to the task manager to kill the task. That’s what Elliot is doing this episode both internally and externally. Elliot must kill the Dark Army’s stage 2 process while killing the process that allows Mr. Robot to take control whenever he wants.
One of the major themes of Mr. Robot is the fight for power and control. Do we really have any control? Are we ever the most powerful person in the room? If not, who is? Elliot is a genius hacker and the most important part of this grand plan. Even with his skills, this episode shows that he is powerless on the larger scale. Despite his efforts to hold the paper records at E-Corp’s seventy-one regional facilities, Whiterose still proved herself to be more powerful. While Elliot was focused on stopping the New York facility from blowing up, a minor alteration to Stage 2 made it even more catastrophic than it initially was. This episode mirrors my favorite episode of the entire series, br4ve-trave1er. While Elliot’s intentions are good, he ends up causing even more damage. Last time this happened, he descended into a morphine-inspired panic, so I can only imagine what happens now.
Speaking of the power and control, let’s go over to Ms. Angela Moss. I used to think of Elliot as the prophet on this show. The Neo of the Matrix. Maybe he still is but he hasn’t realized it yet. What I do know is Angela seems to know a lot more than Elliot does at this point. This episode begins with a flashback to the living funeral (creepy, btw) for Angela’s mom. She tells young Angela that death is only the beginning and they will be reunited again. Every forum has been buzzing that Angela has her own version of Mr. Robot and this all but confirms it. She isn’t weighed down by this like Elliot but it seems to give her hope. Another thing that has been pointed out, the actress playing young Angela is also the same girl from the weird Whiterose fish-bowl interrogation. One conclusion that I came to on my own is the possibility of Phillip Pryce being Angela’s biological father. This easily makes 65% of season two incredibly creepy now.
Now, over to Tyrell, who is lacking in the power and control department. He’s still working for the Dark Army under the pretense that he will soon be able to seek asylum with his family. In a nerve-wrenching scene where I thought Irving was about to kill him, Irving hands him a letter and says “Tyrell, I’m sorry”. Tyrell then reads the letter, burns it, then sets himself up to be detained by the FBI. Idk what was in that letter but it’s not the new biggest mystery. Is Tyrell turning himself over to the FBI so Santiago can help him get out of dodge? Will he still be loyal to Elliot? Why does this show insist on stressing me out every week?
Well that’s all, for now. But I do have one guess about the next episode. It’s named Eps3.6fredrick&tanya.chk. In the preview for this episode, we see Joey Badass, I mean Leon, driving across the desert. Remember the last time we saw him?