Wednesday, September 21, 2016

TV Show Review: Mr. Robot (Season 2)

The hit hacker show on USA concluded its second season tonight. Elliot (Rami Malek) continues to live in a delusional world as create Sam Esmail plays with viewers with an unreliable narrator. The biggest twist of this season was spoiled a little earlier by very accurate fan theories, which is why I try not to read too much about shows before the finale. I would highly recommend not continuing to read this review if you don't want the second season spoiled because I plan to write openly about the events of the second season all the way up to the finale.

My favorite addition to the second season was the character Dominique DiPerro and the brilliant acting of Grace Gummer. The show really benefited from her performance and most of her scenes contained plenty of awesome action sequences that took me totally by surprise right at the end of several episodes. Most of these scenes involved intense shootouts that were shot beautifully and ratcheted up the suspense to another level. Another great addition to the show was Joey Bada$$ as Leon, Elliot's fellow inmate who can slice some throats.

The show slowed down dramatically in the second season drawing out the plot and taking strange twists and turns as Elliot moved on from his realization that his father Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) was only a figment of his imagination. His sister Darlene (Carly Chaikin) strikes ou on her own to try and advance the agenda of fsociety but finds herself in over her head. Also, Elliot's childhood friend Angela Moss (Portia Doubleday) agrees to work for the corporation that killed her father, Evil Corp and tries to uncover their awful secrets.

Meanwhile, there is a great performance by BD Wong as Whiterose, the Chinese Diplomat and secret leader of the dark army. Craig Robinson shows up as Ray, a leader of illegal internet deals but also a prison warden. The guest spots really elevate the show through the slower pacing and shocking conclusions had me tuning in again each week. 

Mr. Robot took home the Emmy for best acting and Rami Malek deserved the award. His unreliable nature is something new that put a real twist on the show but taking the next step with even more altered reality showed that Mr. Robot has staying power for seasons to come. 

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