Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 8 “eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko”

With Season 3 ‘Mr. Robot’ hit a reset-like button on its usually ambiguous, subtle and ideological storytelling, instead substituting it out for more mainstream, emotional and intense film-making. For the most part this decision has garnered great success, as Elliot has been able to take charge without the audience constantly questioning his direction. Unfortunately, this episode’s on the nose nature makes it largely predictable, and slightly boring due to its clear purpose. The arc of seeing Elliot regain faith in his existence and see his role is beautifully portrayed, with Rami Malek delivering a stellar performance. Furthermore, Sam Esmail gives his best David Fincher performance yet, delving into the crevasses of life’s dirty aura while also emphasising moments of nerdy joy. But it is all extremely forced, and the monologues and deep conversations that make up much of the episode are too obvious in their point. Elliot’s journey therefore lacks a certain revelation or catharsis, as the audience is quite aware of what is coming. 7.5/10

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