Chelsea: It Was Like Racist WrestleMania and Mr Robot Twitter Hack (Review)

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Chelsea, episode 46 had a computer focus at the start of the show.  Speaking to her staff about their computer habits she then brought on the female stars of Mr. Robot. In a field report she spoke with the first Muslim congressman and later talked to Hasan Minhaj who said the RNC was like racist WrestleMania.

The breakdown on this episode was: television and politics (with a tiny bit of religion.) along with a Chelsea “tip” video on raising kids. Ms. Handler follows the preaching of the late great George Carlin, “not all your kids are special.”

Ms. Handler spoke with three members of her staff.  She looked at their browser histories and talked to each one about what they were looking for online. This was a great start to the show and introduced some new Chelsea employees.

She then welcomed the three female stars from Mr.Robot Chaikin, Doubleday and Corneliussen. Before speaking about the show in general and celebrating the show’s maker Sam Esmail for developing female characters who fall outside standard media tropes and stereotypes. Corneliussen (who plays Joanna Wellick on the show) talked of striking back at a troll on Twitter.

There was some talk about Emmys and the Golden Globe and Chaikin recalled meeting Chelsea on her old show when she was the only audience member who cheered a Miley Cyrus reference.

Next up was Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison. Chelsea asked about how he found the experience. Ellison related a story about swearing in using Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran. It was an inspirational moment that Chelsea seemed to appreciate. There was no comedy to be found in this segment.

Last up was Hasan Minhaj, who spoke of attending the RNC. Initially, he revealed that his plan was to go in “white face” but the melting makeup made this impractical. Minhaj, who works on The Daily Show was amusing, erudite and quite sincere. Exactly what one would expect from a senior correspondent from Jon Stewart’s old stomping ground.

Minhaj also told of his first encounter with racism. Chelsea and he spoke of Trump’s first percentage of black vote support (one percent) and having that one crazy uncle who would vote for Trump.

They also talked about Trump’s “orange” doctor who wrote the five minute diagnosis letter of health for the presidential hopeful.

The conversation segued back into social media and online activity with the mention of Internet racism and how everyone needs to get involved to help change things.

Minhaj’s one man show was plugged and the fact that he may be taking on a new role on Comedy Central was mentioned.

The show finished with Chelsea talking to some very young future voters about who they support in the upcoming election. Chunk decided to bark at something offstage and Chelsea had to call him over. It was a very funny moment and quite endearing as well. This was followed by her parenting tip for the day:

Chelsea airs Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on Netflix. She and Chunk will be back tomorrow night.

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Quantico: Found – Dark Web to the Rescue

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In Quantico this week, Found sees Alex pulling out all the stops and turning to the dark web  in a self rescue attempt. After learning that the FBI put out a shoot to kill order, Parish holds on to Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy).  This episode attempts to tie up a lot of loose threads as well as intertwining the multiple threads that creator Joshua Safran has woven throughout the series thus far. 

At the start of the episode, the government agency has upped the ante by having the media castigate Alex. Newspapers have her picture on the front page and have coined the name “Jihadi Jane.” A mockup of what looks suspiciously like a FOX news desk has a news personality calling for “Jane” to be caught and punished.

It is easy to get behind Alex in her struggle to prove her innocence.  By the time the end credits roll, there is one more member of the “Parish is innocent” brigade marking up a total of four FBI agents (if indeed Simon is still with the bureau, that was a bit shakily explained last week), Miranda, Ryan, Simon and now Shelby.

In Found, as in each episode, the plot jumps backward and forward with the show following the NAT’s progress and tries to marry up the backstory with the intense journey the Alex faces now.  Caleb and Shelby finally “happen.”  Clearly, however, the act of coitus seems to mean little to Haas, who deserts Wyatt after their session to miss the bus back to the academy.

The trainees are sent  out into the field in their latest assignment, ironically it is all about going undercover, and each NAT is given a legend to portray and must convince Liam O’Connor and Miranda Shaw. After succeeding, they are sent to a DYKSTRA convention and tasked to get a meeting with the company’s CEO.

Just before the trainees are to enter the latest test, they are forced to switch identities. Caleb haunts Shelby, he is under the impression that she turned him in for illegally using the FBI gun range, making her fail repeatedly. Nimah and her twin have to do double duty as Miranda forces them to approach the task “for real.” Each twin changing over on an hourly basis.

Nimah wins the meeting with the CEO and Ryan, Alex and another NAT all win by getting the invite to meet the company head as well. Booth and Parrish celebrate by continuing their role play and presumably they have a repeat of their pre-Quantico car fling.

Simon is uncovered by Elias, he meets Mark the “boyfriend” that Asher has been using to bolster his claim to be gay.  After the test, Simon confesses to Harper that he is dangerous, a charge made by Elias at the convention.  Apparently Asher did some pretty awful things working for Israeli intelligence.

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This is presumably the beginning of Simon’s fall from grace and “dismissal” from Quantico.      Another thing revealed in the flashback sequences has Miranda tasking Booth with learning what O’Connor has against Parish. Later on, she picks her former lover’s brain over drinks and learns that Alex has “something over the bureau.”

Shaw then tells Ryan to drop his investigations. In the present, Shaw has obviously changed her mind as she helped Parrish to escape.  The “Unknown” from the dark web reveal that Alex had ties with terrorism via friendships she made during her “missing year.”

After reaching out to the “dark web” (who put Parrish  “on trial” before airing a live interview) Alex raises questions over the FBI’s version of events and goes into hiding with the subversive group’s help.   The two who help Parrish  also provide her with fake identification and offers of further help.

At long last Quantico has stepped away from the overt  “terrorist  under every  bed” drill  and is now headed toward a more personal vendetta against the new FBI agent.  The show does still have that sense of terrorism paranoia  (that the most tangible threat to the great US of A is from within rather than without) but at least the frantic flag waving has calmed down a bit.

Audiences who watch this crime/mystery who possible tuned in to watch USA network’s Mr Robot, or indeed just reads the news (re:Anonymous or WikiLeaks, et al) will notice something far more disturbing than the creator’s theme of bombers hiding behind the neighbor’s bushes.

The dark web is something that exists, although it is specifically the haven of hackers and those nefarious types who want to drain your bank account, and requires a special type of software to access, apparently. Either way, hacking is the theme behind the USA series, a cracking show, and it is a trifle unsettling to see this “world” pop up on another television show.

Scary internet realities aside, the flashbacks are starting to “catch up” to now. The present has seen some huge changes. Shelby actively dislikes, or hates, Alex because of something she learned about Wyatt’s family. Simon is out of the bureau (Or is he?) Miranda is no longer  in charge, Liam is.  Vasquez and Booth are an item and Nimah is nowhere to be seen.

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Thus far, especially after this episode, clues are beginning to point to Caleb as the terrorist who set Alex up. Look back at the man’s time as a NAT. Prior to his pushing a fellow trainee to kill himself and another member of Quantico staff, the man was rubbish…At everything. Even with the backstory of his parents “buying” his way in, or his sister’s intervention to make him an analyst. Haas was “too bad” to be true.

His behavior with Shelby shows a deficit of emotional connection apart from the physical. Caleb Haas is suspect number one with Liam O’Connor being all too ready to throw Alex to the wolves, initially, and then into the firing squad. One gets the impression that with Liam, it all ties back to Parrish’s father.

Chopra continues to do well in her role as wrongly accused terrorist and her character keeps proving just how clever she is. The whole “Hunchback of Notre Dame” riff with Parrish’s dark web rescuers using the local Mosque as “Sanctuary,” in order to keep the authorities from storming the place and capturing Alex, was a nice touch.

Quantico airs Sundays on ABC and is slowly but surely upping its game.  While the series still has a way to go, it starting to come together. Tune in and see who is setting Alex Parrish up.

Mr Robot: Sam Esmail Presents the New Normal

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Watching the pilot episode of Sam Esmail’s Mr Robot opened a door in the mind of the world’s young, techno savvy demographic. The show is self-admittedly aimed at the younger members of the audience who are not only up on their computer hacking knowledge but who are topically and pop culturally aware. They most likely have a lot more in common with Elliot Alderson than they would like. Esmail presents us with the “new normal” in that Rami Malek’s character suffers from a number of mental maladies. After the season one finale, it seemed to be a good time to think about Esmail’s picture of the new normal and all that Elliot is as the modern “everyman.”

Foremost is his schizophrenia. However, looking at the hacker, and leader of fsociety, it appears that he could also be bi-polar with a few other mental issues buried in that head, which could include a form of autism. (This is not based upon Malek’s “deer in the headlights” gaze but his innate ability to work issues at almost super human speed.) It appears that the only thing that Alderson does not suffer from is ADD, on this side of the big pond, or ADHD over in England.

Alderson also self medicates, something that a huge amount of people do. At a time when a quick trip across the southern border makes it easy for a number of folks to meet their own medicinal needs, it is not too surprising. While Elliot himself may not be the “new normal” the world in which Mr Robot lives, breathes and creates anarchy, is.

Certainly, there are nods and winks to, not only Fight Club, but a number of other Stanley Kubrick films as well. However, leaving aside the internal plot lines, the verse is all about our new and ever increasing addiction to and reliance on the Internet, computers and WiFi.

If nothing else, Elliot shows us how much, or how little, the use of passwords, firewalls and security software protects our everyday life. Alderson is “scary good” at hacking everybody. No one organization, or individual, is safe from him accessing their data. He is also, until recently, untraceable.

*Sidenote* It does look like season two holds the promise of problems for Elliot and his use of server proxies in Estonia since Krista’s ex-love-rat boyfriend Michael/Lenny is on the warpath.

Still, Esmail’s new normal feels right. The world is all about the world wide web and all companies, not just banks, rely on servers, back-up servers and wireless transfers. Things have moved on from those old “key-punch” days, but one thing has not changed. Data, when it is lost, or “given” a virus, is a bucket of writhing worms that may never be sorted out or retrieved.

The showrunner/creator of Mr. Robot is a film fan, he says so in interviews and Esmail has stated specifically that he is a Stanley Kubrick fan. He cites a few films of Mr. Kubrick’s that he has paid homage to. Eyes Wide Shut being one. One cannot help but like a creator who is a self-professed fan of the redoubtable late Stanley Kubrick.

The “new normal” is relative to the age group it is aimed at. In the show, fsociety; Elliot’s team of computer anarchists who want to change the world (Save the World) have done so. Streets are full of happy rioters, if such a thing can be imagined, and the “suits” are all panicking. Elliot muses that the end of the world (as we know it) is not how he imagined. “People in expensive suits rushing around [sic].”

This is the crux of “Mr. Robot world.” Neither Elliot nor his team have thought through the whole “destroy the world’s debt” ideology. Sure, no one owes any money to anyone else, at least not in the sense that it can be tracked electronically, but money does still make the world go round. With the markets crashing world-wide money gets devalued. The divide between the “haves” and “have nots” will widen.

As shown that the season finale’s final moments (Where B.D.Wong shows up in a scene that pays tribute to Kubrick’s last film) the oligarchy are not touched, troubled, or overly concerned about the hack and the loss of debt. Their fish will fry regardless of what oil is used.

It is not unusual that Elliot and his little band of misfits have not thought their attack through. The young, the target demographic, do not, as a rule, think too far in advance. It is not just today’s youth who have this shortcoming, all youth, regardless of era suffer from this. Perhaps what is relevant to this “generation” of young people is their total reliance upon the Internet, computers, smartphones, and tablets.

In keeping with the reflection on today’s younger demographic having much in common with the damaged Elliot, take a moment to look at the number of children, and young adults, who have some form of autism, ADD or ADHD, schizophrenia, bi-polar (which used to have the charming name of Manic Depressive) and other types of mental issues. Elliot’s self medicating, in order to exist “normally” may not be overly common, but his lack of social finesse is.

Living in a world where everyone communicates more often online than in real life it is not surprising. Something that was included early on, was Ollie’s online chats with his “on the side” bit of stuff that Angela found out about. It was also shown, earlier in the season, how much social media eased a hacker’s job in finding out personal details about their target.

This too, has become part of the new normal. Texting has become passé. It is all instant messaging, direct messaging, FaceTime, Facebook, Twitter, Line, Skype, and the list goes on. Real life Conversations between people happen less and less while reliance upon the Internet as conversational hub grows and grows.

Mr. Robot shows us our world gone mad. Elliot may have issues, but the real issues are not with his ability to hack and therefor change the world, they are with the new reality. The new normal. Credit card theft, Identity theft, and/or any of the things mentioned during the Christian Slater rant on the season finale are our new world, for better or worse.

Our new normal is The Matrix, Esmail proves it by revealing that we do live in a virtual world that is filled with inhabitants who have forgotten, or never learned, what real contact and interaction is all about. A world where the rich view everything through predatory eyes and most likely study The Art of War to learn the art of winning.

Mr Robot Season Finale: Where’s Wellick: Or Who Is Wellick (recap and review)

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It should be noted that the Mr.  Robot season one finale was delayed a week after the WBDJ shootings on air last week. As the last episode ended with Tyrell searching out Alderson to make him reveal what was going on with the Evil Corp database, this installment started with  Elliot in Tyrell’s SUV sans Tyrell, and this suddenly turned the show into “Where’s Wellick.”  As the episode progresses, however, it starts to feel a little bit more like “Who’s Wellick.”

Alderson is frantic about his lost days, what happened to Tyrell and who executed the take down plan. He awakens after a two day slumber to learn that the world has been hit by his planned hack and that debt has apparently been wiped clean for everyone.

The show opens with Krista’s former lover, and love rat Michael/Lenny, asking for her help. (Typically the douche lied to her about his health.) He wants to go after Elliot. Despite the hacker not telling his wife about his infidelity, the Ashley Madison leaks passed his indiscretions on anyway. He now wants payback and his dog. Krista refuses to help, lying to him about what Alderson has  or has not told her.

Standout Moment Number One:  After a pretty hostile reception from the rest of the fsociety team at the arcade, Elliot  goes online to verify what Darlene and the team have said is true. He sees that the Internet is full news about the hack.  Alderson goes to Evil Corp to speak with Wellick. As he walks toward the offices, E Corp’s hallways are full of  panicking employees and television mounted on the  walls are showing news of the hack. Elliot maintains his internal dialogue. All this is set to a lilting electronic version of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2.”

At the office of E Corp, Elliot learns that Tyrell is no longer employed there.  He sees the masked spokesman for fsociety on one of the mounted television’s spreading the new message that the world is free of debt and awake for the first time and that Evil Corp have been “owned.”

Angela gets shouted at by John Plouffe as he gets ready to go on air; live, to talk about the hack.

Standout Moment Number Two: The fsociety team, sans Elliot taking the incriminating computer hardware down to the local pound to burn it in the “puppy oven” aka the unwanted pet incinerator. As the group toss the gear in the incinerator and then release all the captive dogs,  the Jim Carroll Band song from the 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake, “People Who Died” soundtrack overlays the sequence and continues to play as Elliot knocks on Tyrell’s house door (the footage is sped up to match the quick cadence of the song) which brings us to:

Standout Moment Number Three: Elliot meeting Tyrell’s wife Joanna. We already learned that this Danish housewife and mother was the driving force behind Wellick’s quest for power and money last week.  As a “beaten” Wellick sits by his wife’s bed,  she is holding their new baby and Joanna  hisses, that he will not be with the family till he “fixes this.” Elliot meets the new mother as she returns from walking the baby. “I’m looking for Tyrell Wellick. Is he here? ” Elliot inquires nervously. “No,” answers Joanna, “He is not.” This is the last utterance from Mrs. Wellick that does not make her seem to be a predatory animal waiting to pounce on its next victim. In a word Joanna Wellick is terrifying. (After watching this interaction between Elliot and Joanna, one feels like doing a freaked out “Arthur.” “Have you met Tyrell’s wife?”)

This whole scene feels like another important reveal.  The odd and knowing looks that Joanna Wellick gives Elliot. The probing and knowing questions that she asks Alderson and…the most important part of the conversation…is in Danish. She and Tyrell speak it to one another all the time, at home and when they plan their strategies. She speaks to Elliot in her “mother tongue” and when he says he does not understand her expression changes…yet again.

In that Sam Esmail has acknowledged the show’s huge Fight Club connection, it stands to reason that Elliot Alderson is not only Mr. Robot, but he might just possibly be  Tyrell Wellick as well.  At the end of the previous episode, Tyrell shows up, just like Alderson’s dad used to. (Although it has to be acknowledged that if Elliot is Wellick why didn’t Tyrell’s former secretary recognize him. Still, there is something there…)

Standout Moment Number Three: John Plouffe provides the Evil Corp statement and answers the questions posed by the reporter on the live transmission. After admitting that the public should be worried and that his life is over, he pulls a gun from his bag, puts the barrel into his mouth and shoots his brains all over the window behind him, seconds after telling the world that the hack will be impossible to fix. This happens scant feet in front of Angela who was pushed to stop Plouffe mid interview. (The FX for this scene shocked and overwhelmed the viewer. The blood pouring from Plouffe’s nose was disturbing and unexpected.)

After the death on air, Angela sits waiting to go home she is, understandably,  in shock. Phillip Price tells Angela to go home and recover and then tells her to attend a PR event later in the day, he gives her some money to buy new shoes, as her’s have Plouffe’s blood on them. He gives her cash since  credit cards have been rendered obsolete by the hack.

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Angela, I’ll try the Prada’s next…

(Later on Price reveals to Angela, by his actions, that she really has sold her soul to the devil by working for E Corp. Telling her that he is glad that Plouffe killed himself and that the world will be a better place as a result. He then goes on to present a “tribute” to the late Evil Corp exec.)

Elliot is desperate to learn what happened to Tyrell Wellick. He wants to ask his father, aka himself, but he needs to get the manifestation of his dad to show up. He forces Mr Robot to appear. What follows is a surreal “out in the open” event where we see that in Elliot’s mind he is talking to his dad. (Comic line of the episode goes to Christian Slater as Mr. Robot. After admonishing Elliot for how weird he looks at the moment, Robot says, “I recommend you get one of those bluetooth headsets. That way people will just think you’re the local douche.”)

Standout Moment Number Four: The music playing at the celebration, being held at the arcade to cover up fingerprints, is Kelis’ “Got Your Money.” Listen to the lyrics…it is self explanatory. Darlene’s final line is “We’re finally awake.”

(Add this line to Elliot/Mr Robot’s upcoming rant and this episode suddenly leaves Fight Club and enters The Matrix territory.)

Outside, in the streets, people are celebrating the elimination of debt and Elliot and his father argue. His younger self shows up along with her mother. He asks his friend (re: episode 1) what to do and Mr Robot tells him to stop. Elliot begins the mantra of “you’re not real.”  His father says, “What. You are?” He looks around at the crowd, ” Is any of this real?” He grabs Elliot’s face, “Look at it.”

“A world built on fantasy. Synthetic emotions in the form of pills, psychological warfare in the form of advertising, mind altering chemicals in the form of food, brainwashing seminars in the form of media, controlled isolated bubbles in the form of social networks. Real? You want to talk about reality? We haven’t lived in anything remotely close to it since the turn of the century.”

Certainly sounds like The Matrix, or something awfully close.

The rant continues and Robot/Elliot wraps it up with “hypnotizing us into the biggest slumber mankind has ever seen,” and his final statement in the tirade, is “We live in a kingdom of bullsh*t.”

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Elliot fights himself for control…and loses. To the music of Alabama Shakes’ Sound and Color Christian Slater, as Mr. Robot, aka Elliot’s dad, aka Elliot, “sing/talks” (Think Dr. Doolittle, the Rex Harrison film) directions to Elliot on what he needs to do. Alderson follows the instructions and ends up at his apartment watching the coverage of the “carnage” he’s created. Suddenly there is an insistent knock at the apartment door. Which leads us to the end credits and:

Standout Moment Number Five:  Price is at the PR function “afterparty” (?) and talking to…Whiterose, played by B. D. Wong, gone is the wig, the female clothing, but not that beeping alarm watch. Whiterose talks about Nero watching Rome burn while the fire crackles in the fireplace and the harp plays on.

Sam Esmail has given the world sheer perfection in terms of modern entertainment. Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström and Stephanie Corneliussen have all stood and delivered in the tale of hacking, truth, deception and reality. USA’s Mr Robot finishes strong and leaves its fanbase eagerly anticipating season two. 

Mad props to Mac Quayle for scoring this series with some seriously stand out moments. Look up the definition of brilliant in the dictionary and you will find the definition of that word; brilliant, which Quayle is. (Apologies to Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang for that borrow.)

So what do you think? Is Tyrell yet another personality of Elliot, or is Alderson another facet of Wellick? Answers below, please and thank you.

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Before going into the whole episode of Mr Robot Mirroring let us take a look at the opening sequence. This is a beautiful scene however you look at it. It is either a flashback or memory, it can be both, as Elliot is in the room behind the sales desk.

Mr. Robot is on the phone at a small computer repair shop.

A customer comes in and rudely informs Mr. Robot that Elliot stole $20 of his money off the counter and he wants it back. The man is angry, pushy and antagonistic. After his short rant, he then takes on a “let’s be reasonable” tone and ask Mr Robot to do the right thing. He is taken aback when Elliot’s dad says no. The tirade continues, during which the customer is asked to leave and he does so after saying that from now on, he will go to Best Buy.

Elliot is called out and after he initially tells his dad he did not take the money, he then gives the note to his father. Looking at the paper Mr. Robot asks Elliot, “Timecop or Stargate?” He tells his bewildered son that 20 bucks ought to cover the both “of us.” Elliot points at the paper. “Pulp Fiction? Never heard of it,” his father says.

The young boy then asks why he is not in trouble and he is told:

“Even though what you did was wrong, you’re still a good kid and that guy was a prick. Sometimes that matters more.”

After the interior scene with Mr. Robot and Elliot, there is an exterior shot of the shop. A time lapse montage rings the changes of ownership over the years. The name of Elliot’s father’s shop is “Mr. Robot” and at the end of the little montage of shop signs, the place has become an “E Corp” Bank branch.

This pre-credit intro is what helps to make this show almost perfect. Certainly it is all about the hack and Elliot’s schizophrenia, along with all the baggage that entails, but it is also all about the “touch.” That gentle nudge towards an allegory.

Or an ironic message.

One telling us that both Tyrell and Elliot are on a very similar journey. This will not be clear till later though and we have no flashback sequence telling us about Wellick’s backstory. Now it is Elliot’s past we see at the start of the show.

The time of the flashback is 1994, Stargate, Timecop and Pulp Fiction are all playing at the cinema. The World Series has been cancelled, Pentium 90 is the biz in computers and 800 mb hard drives are cutting edge technology.

Elliot’s father is younger, but coughing, and it turns out that the guy is pretty decent. Teaching his kid, not to steal as the disgruntled and rude customer maintained, but that not being a “prick” is important. The lesson is that being someone unpleasant will bite that individual in the butt, whether it is not having their stolen $20 returned, or (later) losing their job at Evil Corp (Tyrell).

Later in the show, Tyrell is confronted by his “father” (Phillip) who punishes him, not for being under suspicion for murdering Scott Knowles’ wife Sharon, but for being Wellick. Clearly, as the receptionist/secretary tells Gordon while cleaning out Tyrell’s desk, the man was not always easy to get along with.

Case in point being Wellick’s firing of this three assistants in a prior episode. The man’s rage and aggression were barely held in check and he did treat subordinates abysmally. His “father” clearly was waiting for the perfect excuse to rid E Corp of the “prick” who clearly is not “a good kid” underneath his misbehavior.

This episode drives home that Elliot and Tyrell are clearly the same side of a coin. Both are advanced in terms of computing and both are damaged and flawed. Alderson’s problems are controlled by his medication and Wellick’s are controlled by his wife. Neither man’s control systems work very well. Tyrell’s own attempt at control, beating homeless men after paying them, did not work very well and he literally went straight for the jugular of Sharon Knowles. His new CTO’s wife who did not play by his rules.

Meanwhile, Alderson has been seeing his dad, working with him, forgetting who Darlene was and not remembering that he started fsociety to begin with. Other things have happened along the way, like the death of Shayla and terrifying his therapist.

The two men have been drawn together, although it is Tyrell who recognized the flaws in Elliot and approached him. Just as he approaches him at the end of this episode. They are soul mates, peas in a pod, each sharing a sort of madness and their fates are intertwined.

Mirroring finally brought things out in the open. Those who have been watching from episode one and suspected all along that Elliot was Mr. Robot were finally proved right. Last week’s reveal that the man was Elliot’s father was the set up needed to follow through with just how deeply Alderson’s schizophrenia went and how much he existed in his other personality.

The scene in the “childhood” home was brilliant and gave us a glimpse of just what functions the “Mr. Robot” in Elliot performed. It would have been interesting to see what happened at that window with just Alderson there.

Another revealing scene was in the hospital where Joanna Wellick has given birth to their son. If there was ever any doubt about who the driving force was in the Wellick household, this scene removes it. Joanna tells Tyrell point blank that if he does not fix the mess at E Corp he has no place with the family. Joanna Wellick is the mover and the shaker in this scenario, Tyrell is just the instrument of her “war machine.”

Angela is shocked to find herself wooed by the devil, aka Evil Corp, after she managed to start up the lawsuit. She comes home to find Colby in her house, talking to her father, and he reveals that his former colleagues at the company want her on their team. She refuses and Colby tells her to think about it for another day. The man suggests that if Angela really wants to change things, to think about doing it from the inside.

By the end of the episode, Elliot is depressed and lost. He wants to pull the plug on the whole Evil Corp take down. Darlene goes to get his medication and Tyrell comes in to talk. He wants to know what Alderson’s plans are and he puts on his “special” gloves to force Elliot to tell him. As he puts the gloves on he describes strangling Sharon Knowles to death and it is a chilling moment.

Elliot takes Wellick to the arcade and as they stand there the popcorn machine starts up…the first thought is of the gun that Darlene hid in there last week. Is it still there and will someone use it?
As the popcorn pops, Elliot tells Tyrell that he wanted to save the world.

*Sidenote* Now that Mr Robot has revealed who the Christian Slater character is, does this mean the last of Slater on the show? Fans of the actor will be wondering and those who point to the Slater “curse” (that love the show) may be breathing a sigh of relief that he is gone.

This was the penultimate episode of Mr Robot and the season finale airs August 26 on the USA Network. Since the series, and Rami Malek will be back for a second season, this next episode will obviously leave things wide open. Apart from smelling a cliffhanger coming up, here is one last “sidenote” for thought till next week.

*Sidenote* Did anyone else think that the destroyed computer shop where Gideon went to collect the hard drives (that Elliot dropped off) looked liked Mr. Robot’s old shop front? Irrespective of whether it was or not, who do you think torched the place? Elliot, as Mr. Robot, or was it Whiterose? Those who want to play may leave their thoughts in the comment section below.