Mr. Robot s1 ep 4

The Fsociety plan to attack Steel Mountain, where EvilCorp stores its data, is back on. At least, I think it is, but it’s hard to tell: Elliot is trying to come off morphine, and I suspect that a lot of what we see this week is a hallucination. Which piles problem on problem as far as I’m concerned. I’m not entirely happy with the show’s constant hints that at least one of the characters is imaginary (of which more later), but making a substantial part of an episode into a lengthy dream sequence is the sort of thing which is almost guaranteed to annoy me. So Elliot encounters a talking fish; he gets shot up with heroin; he kind-of proposes to Angela; and Mr. Robot interacts with someone apart from him. In all likelihood, though, he’s still in a motel room sweating the morphine out of his system.

If he is Elliot, that is: “You’re not Elliot”, Angela tells him during the detox. “You’re the -“ but she’s cut off. He’s also told at one point that he’s only a month old, which four episodes into a weekly TV series has to set alarm bells ringing. I’m still saying that Mr. Robot is a figment of Elliot’s imagination, but it could, instead, quite easily be that Elliot is the imaginary character. Or that one or all of them is/are the creation of someone else entirely; apart from the writers, I mean. I’d quite like the show to get to the point about this while I still care.

Actually, the non-Elliot stuff this week was at least as interesting. The show’s doing its best to flesh out the supporting cast, and in this episode four of the female characters are featured heavily: Angela, in particular, gets a life outside of Elliot’s detox. She hangs with Shayla, takes ecstasy, makes out with her, then introduces the spyware onto the EvilCorp server; meantime, Darlene and Trenton try to assist with the attack on Steel Mountain by linking up with the Dark Army – more hackers – to take down EvilCorp’s backup. With any luck, everyone concerned will get round to actually doing something to Steel Mountain in the next episode.

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2 thoughts on “Mr. Robot s1 ep 4

  1. Snoskred November 13, 2015 / 12:27 am

    This was the episode at which The Other Half and I looked at each other and said.. ok.. wherever they are taking us, we are just going to sit back, relax, and enjoy going there.

    My favourite moment in this episode was the 404 not found house. 🙂

  2. Jed Bartlet November 13, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    The 404 error was great. In fairness, the whole dream/hallucination was really well done and beautifully filmed. I just get fed up with these things in general, trying to (a) work out what’s “real” and what isn’t; and (b) play spot-the-clever-allusion.

    The exception, as it so often is, is The Sopranos, and the Kevin Finnerty arc.

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