‘Mr Robot’ Review: Season 3 Premiere is Mostly Set-Up, But Does Take the Blame for Trump

IndieWire | 10/11/2017 | Staff
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Rather than immediately reunite with Elliot (Rami Malek) and his state of confusion, Season 3 of “Mr. Robot” opens with the eccentric Irving (new cast member Bobby Cannavale), a BBQ connoisseur with a Bluetooth headset who it’s revealed is Tyrell Wellick’s (Martin Wallström) first call after shooting Elliot (thus establishing that Season 3 picks up right where Season 2 left off).

A week later, Elliot’s recovering from his gunshot wound and trying to get answers as to exactly what happened, though as the audience can see he’s lacking in allies — Angela (Portia Doubleday) is keeping things from him, Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is being hunted by the Dark Army (and working with the FBI), and of course Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) has rarely been a true friend…in fact, Elliot doesn’t even talk to Mr. Robot for the entire episode. That doesn’t mean his alter ego doesn’t make himself known, however, as we learn to what extent Angela and Mr. Robot have been working together without Elliot’s knowledge. With Stage 2 on the horizon and loyalties divided, we’re almost as in the dark as Elliot — though the power’s back on by the beginning of the episode.


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Of course, the episode doesn’t begin that way, on a number of levels. “And like that, my power’s gone too,” Elliot narrates when Angela reveals that she saw Tyrell — meaning that while Mr. Robot might be a construct of Elliot’s mind, Tyrell was not a figment. It’s a reveal that leaves Elliot completely destabilized, driving him forward for the rest of the episode in an effort to find something resembling balance.

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Meanwhile, “eps3.0_power-saver-mode.h” introduces a brand new dynamic when it comes to the actual relationship between Mr. Robot and Elliot… and the people around them. Season 1 took its time in revealing just who...
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