Get the first look at the special episode of Mr. Robot right here! Presto dives behind the scenes to talk with cast and crew of the hit TV show. This episode contains information and spoilers from season one of Mr. Robot. Courtesy: Presto
Spoilers for season one follow but there are no spoilers for season two. Promise.
THERE are unreliable narrators and then there are unreliable narrators. Elliot Alderson is definitely in the latter half along with the likes of Leonard from Memento or Patrick Bateman.
But it’s not just Elliot (Rami Malek) you can’t trust, it’s everything you see and hear on Mr Robot. The kind of paranoia that permeates the world within the series has jumped dimensions and infected the audience.
Ever since the explosive revelation last season that the Mr Robot character is a manifestation of Elliot’s dissociative personality disorder, we haven’t been able to take anything for granted as “narrative truth”.
It’s exactly this kind of bold storytelling and willingness to mess with the viewer that has launched Mr Robot into the stratosphere as one of the most exciting TV shows to debut in the past few years.
After the dramatic events of last season which left audiences with jaws firmly on the ground, it’s finally back. The second season starts tonight with a monster double episode, plunging right back into that dark, suspicious universe.
Without giving anything of note away, the season picks up after a time jump of one month since Elliot, fsociety (and Tyrell’s?) mammoth hack of Evil Corp in a “blow it up and watch it burn” moment of social revolution.
We find out through various in-world TV bulletins the fallout from the hack, which is not exactly as our idealistic hackers had pictured when they set out to bring down capitalism and growing inequality.
Malek’s layered and complex performance is the key to why a series as ambitious as Mr Robot works. This season is no different as Malek compellingly plays this man on the edge of a total breakdown trying to wrest control back from aspects of himself.
Co-stars Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday and the chilling Stephanie Corneliussen are joined by a smattering of new cast members including Grace Gummer as an FBI agent, Craig Robinson as a mysterious neighbour and Sandrine Holt as an Evil Corp lawyer nicknamed “Madame Executioner”.
Mr Robot is the kind of series that you can’t just have on in the background on a casual Thursday night as you do the ironing. It commands you to fully commit for every minute.
Creator Sam Esmail will be directing every episode of this season and his specific vision will leave you equally enthralled and spent.
His framing choices in particular are designed to make you uncomfortable. Eschewing traditional framing, his compositions are often off-kilter and he holds a shot for much longer than you would expect, heightening the tension. Consequently, there’s no lazy watching when it comes to Mr Robot — what you’re seeing is so different it’s almost jarring and you can’t help but drink up every detail on offer.
And it’s only by paying close attention that you can truly appreciate Mr Robot in its entirety because the show is obsessed with what’s not seen or said — the hidden identities and agendas — and the illusion of control.
It’s an incredibly cynical view of the world but it may be one of the most realistic depictions of our existence, even if it’s the parts most of us never see.
Mr Robot season two starts streaming on Presto from 5pm today.
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