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If you watch and enjoy this show, come join me and EddieBurkett as we try to make any sense of what’s happening. Elliot is back narrating to us, even after we violated his trust last season. Do not read on if that last sentence means nothing to you. :-)

By the way, the show's episode numbering is really, really annoying. The episode titles include a numbering, but not one that is consistent with production numbering. Season premieres are numbered 0. This premiere included the first two episodes, which would normally be 2x1 and 2x2, but are titled 2.0 part 1 and 2.0 part 2. I'll keep away from the production numbering here.

Elliot still has no memory of the three days he lost following the Five/Nine hack, or of what happened to Tyrell Wellick. He’s trying to fully eliminate his inner daemon, Mr. Robot, from his mind by keeping to a very highly regimented computer-free routine. Talk about a regimen: He lives with his mother, who wakes him up every day at the same time; he eats three meals a day with the same people (including Leon who talks a lot about Seinfeld) and in the same place (oh, and Leon talks a lot about Seinfeld’s bottle episodes); he spends his free time watching the same people play basketball in a local court; then he goes to sleep. Huh, it almost sounds like he’s in prison (borrowing from online theories). Bah, that’s crazy. It sure doesn’t look like he’s in prison.

Elliot hasn’t fully wiped Mr. Robot from his mind. Mr. Robot appears every now and again to try to tempt and confuse Elliot (and sometimes shoots Elliot in the head with a gun). Elliot documents his time and activities with a very detailed journal to ensure he doesn’t lose control of himself to Mr. Robot. Elliot believes that Mr. Robot knows where Tyrell is, and counters Mr. Robot’s taunts and threats with demands for this information. A brief flashback gave us a tiny bit of knowledge: as the hack is initiated, and Tyrell is marveling at what he sees on the screen, we see Elliot reach for the gun stashed in the popcorn machine. And that’s it.

Elsewhere, with Elliot on (involuntary?) exile, Darlene is running fsociety. The Five/Nine attack on E Corp (which we no longer hear as Evil Corp meaning that we are no longer witnessing these events through Elliot’s narration) was successful, but she thinks they are losing the war. The group takes up residence in the home of E Corp’s general counsel after they hack into ALL of her smart home devices (and there are a lot) and scare her out. An incredible scene. Then, they send a ransom demand to E Corp requiring a Chief Officer to deliver Five point Nine million in cash to Battery Park. After Scott Knowles arrives with the money, he is instructed to burn it while wearing an fsociety mask, in front of onlookers. An even more incredible scene that slowly unfolded with Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home” playing in the background.

The events in Battery Park let us catch up with Angela, who has come to really like, and is really good at, her new job in E Corp’s PR department. So much so that she effectively abandons the lawsuit against E Corp she worked so hard for last season. She is quite different from the Angela we knew before – cold, emotionless, dare I say soulless. In the aftermath of the hack, her keen ability to negotiate with the media, and “control the story” will undoubtedly prove to be an obstacle for Darlene and fsociety to “win the war.”

Poor Gideon. He’s been set up to take the fall for the hack, and has the FBI on his back. He meets up with Elliot, (in a highly formal and controlled setting, by the way – sitting across from each other at a long table under the supervision of Elliot’s “mother”) and threatens to go to the FBI with key information implicating Elliot. Next thing you know, Gideon is shot and killed by an unknown person who befriended him at a crowded bar. Well, how the hell did that happen?

Did Mr. Robot have a hand in Gideon’s murder? Despite his best efforts, is Elliot still losing control? It appears that Elliot has been having conversations with Craig Robinson’s Ray in the basketball court which Elliot doesn’t remember. This leads a brilliantly fucked up confrontation between Elliot and Mr. Robot, where Elliot counters Mr. Robot’s next round of taunts with maniacal laughter. Seriously, this was so fucked up that Mr. Robot, a figment of Elliot’s psyche, was left alone in Elliot’s bedroom with a look of pure confusion and shock on his face.

The last thing we see is Elliot losing another chunk of time after dozing off at the prayer group he attends, finding himself holding a wall phone receiver to his ear, and Tyrell Wellick’s ghostly-sounding voice on the other end. Oh boy, here we go.




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#2 Posted on
    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    After Scott Knowles arrives with the money, he is instructed to burn it while wearing an fsociety mask, in front of onlookers. An even more incredible scene that slowly unfolded with Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home” playing in the background.


What a fantastic scene. When he saw what was on the mask the look of pure terror at what he had to do and how quickly he had to do it was perfectly acted. And the slow rising volume of Take Me Home led to the perfect climax to the scene.


    So much so that she effectively abandons the lawsuit against E Corp she worked so hard for last season. She is quite different from the Angela we knew before – cold, emotionless, dare I say soulless.


Not sure about soulless, even though she seems to try to act like that. However the self help video/recordings that she has shows that she's still vulnerable. My guess is that she finally feels that she's accepted by people in ECorp, even though that acceptance is tenuous at best. Her lawyer calling her a whore in no uncertain terms didn't help her psyche, hence the immediate hookup.


    Poor Gideon.


Michel Gill has done some fantastic acting in this and House of Cards as they guy getting screwed over by forces out of his control. I think that poor Gideon took the fall by someone angry about anything representing ECorp. The guy even said that he was just the face put out there to take the fall, but I can certainly subscribe to the theory that Mr. Robot had something to do with it after he threatened Elliot.

The other scene that I loved was the E Corp CEO basically telling the DOJ people to piss off and let him keep doing what he is doing. This episode was all about control: Elliot losing control to Mr. Robot again, Angela keeping herself in control of who she is and how she is doing at E Corp, Gideon losing control of his situation with the FBI and eventually his life, E Corp controlling the country, and Mr. Robot losing control of Elliot(and that's even before we get into the head of Wellick's wife and her desire to be controlled, even with him not around)

This show is nuts and I love it. And now I have to rewatch it because the prison theory makes a lot of sense. :)
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
    Originally posted by David Adams
    And now I have to rewatch it because the prison theory makes a lot of sense. :)

I'm mad that I didn't pick up on it myself, but once you see it, you can't unsee it.

A possible clue/Easter egg: There's one scene where Elliot is outside walking down a sidewalk. He passes a gate/door with a sign on it that reads "Not An Exit." Kind of an odd sign to have on an *entrance* door. What would it exit to, anyway?



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I'm late to this party because I'm a DVR viewer but this episode was awesome. Best biblical circumcision references in a sci fi show ever. Great opening scene that was not a dream? Check. Cromartie: They don't have faith in you like I do. Ellison:
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