'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere - review

Jul 16, 2016

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

USA Network's surprise hit last 2015, 'Mr. Robot', not only adds another layer to the uprising of quality television but also earned a humongous amount of awards and raves including the Golden Globes "Best Drama" trophy, beating established programs like 'Game of Thrones'. The show depicts an honest portrait of society, using its protagonist Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) as a disguise to expose its nihilistic nature. The show returns this week for its second season in the form of a 2-hour premiere, and boy what a terrific comeback!

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

Shown as a two-part season opener (episodes are entitled eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc and eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc respectively) complete with an intermission in between, both episodes finely fill out the gaps left out in last year's season's finale. Remember that we never actually got the actual "hack" scene the show has previously been building up to, but questions have been resolved here which results to create more.

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

Elliot is stronger than the last time we saw him. He is slowly getting rid of his internal monsters by going on a procedural loop of daily activities, and narrating every single event of his day through journal writing in hopes of retrieving the normal life taken away by him. His biggest monster, Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) still trumps him. Elliot knew he created Mr. Robot, yet somehow he still doesn't have any idea of how to unplug him. Probably the only way to do that is by allowing himself to follow all of Mr. Robot's principles and get rid of his actual persona completely.

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

His friend Angela (Portia Doubleday) works for E Corp now as their PR manager, most likely becoming a new opponent for him and the F Society team. Her job will basically undo the attacks made by Elliot to her new employer last season, and it would be a very fascinating contradiction to see the two squaring each other unknowingly.

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

Speaking of new opponents for F Society, the government comes into play to find out the mastermind behind all this. Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) surprisingly is one of it, going rogue after being the suspect of a murder. We don't really know how much he is involved in the last hack, but it looks like we're getting actual answers for the next episode following after that phone call cliffhanger.

Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), Tyrell's wife, thankfully is getting a bigger role this time, although I still can't figure out the upcoming directions for her.

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

The real shocker on the two-hour premiere is Gideon getting shot in the bar. We're going for a Ned Stark situation here, throwing a really great character out of the show without allowing him for further exploration. His banter with Elliot in the first part opened up many great potentials, but it seems their closing the windows now for this fight. (Although I'm still crossing fingers Gideon survived that gunshot.)

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

The first two episodes of 'Mr. Robot' season 2 was anything one could wish for. While there are mysteries that remains unanswered, it decently set itself to an a new era that is far more dangerous than what we see last time. Hackers are currently taking over everything, but redemption from the bad guys isn't far-fetched. I can't wait to see all of it unravel in the coming episodes.

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

'Mr. Robot' is now up exclusively on iflix. With new episodes of season 2 available the same day of its original airing in the U.S.

'Mr. Robot' season 2 premiere review

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