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, … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 10 “shutdown -r”

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Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 9 “eps3.8_stage3.torrent”

There is a sense of awakening felt throughout this episode, as many differing strands of information, narratives and assertions are slowly uncovered by characters. The unfortunate aspect to this however, is that little has monumental impact. These are only slithers of set-up and with so many different tangents, the set-up does become tiresome and eventually … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 9 “eps3.8_stage3.torrent”

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

Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 7 “eps3.6_fredrick+tanya.chk”

As Whiterose’s master plan continues to be teased, a few slithers of delicious and extremely satisfying information are disposed here, which richly contribute to the show’s overall direction. It’s lucky, as otherwise this episode spends too long going over the past without much thematic link, and meandering about a point that is predictably resolved by … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 7 “eps3.6_fredrick+tanya.chk”

Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 6 “eps3.5_kill-process.inc”

This is the pay-off episode. It has been a long time coming, and finally it is here. For the most part, Sam Esmail wildly succeeds, a purposefully fractious, thrilling directorial vision excellently conveyed with tense, compounding music and a rocking performance from Rami Malek. It also perfectly symbolises the show’s ideological standpoint and the characters’ … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 6 “eps3.5_kill-process.inc”

Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 5 “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00”

Sam Esmail’s directorial grip on this episode is undeniably its most evident purpose. In that sense, the episode both succeeds and fails. While the stunning one-shot creates a swirling effect reflecting Elliot’s mentality, his disjointed and lost memories and inability to focus, it also quickly becomes unnecessary and tedious. After the first third, Esmail draws … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 5 “eps3.4_runtime-error.r00”

Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 4 “eps3.3_metadata.par2”

Following this season’s premiere I felt a sense of optimism that ‘Mr. Robot’ would perfect its pacing issues with a fine balance between character and narrative. While this episode excellently attempts to zoom in on the consequences each character faces in the battle for or against the Dark Army and its plans, the constant build-up … Continue reading Review: Mr. Robot Season 3 Episode 4 “eps3.3_metadata.par2”