Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 10 “shutdown -r”

This finale raises the questions of when to take the back seat, when to act, and when to reflect. Throughout an hour of incredible intensity, brilliantly structured and edited to retain a sense of pace and catharsis, the writers note that constantly attempting to act to change an outcome may not the desired results. Instead, the characters recognise that accepting situations and adapting to them is just as powerful. The final act does become consumed by the show’s usual technical jargon and convoluted set-up, while some of the reveals, particularly regarding Elliot’s memory of an event, does feel forced in for the sake of its thematic purpose. Yet, the relationship between Elliot and Mr. Robot is at its best here. It finally feels mutually beneficial and sound, not a backstabbing and purposefully cryptic bond. Having noted how much more mainstream and commercial this season has been, it will be interesting to see how this is retained in the fourth season, which is set-up here as a climax of sorts.


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