Mr. Robot “eps2.6succ3ss0r.p12” Review (Season 2 Episode 8

Because of course Mr. Robot would follow last week’s big reveal with an episode that doesn’t feature Elliot for even a minute; that’s just the kind of show Sam Esmail is making. Still, given how I felt about last week’s ending, I’m honestly okay with another week to process those events. Instead, “eps2.6succ3ss0r.p12” puts the focus on the rest of fsociety and Angela. It’s an episode that plays a bit more traditional than we usually see from the show, but it’s a refreshingly focused entry.

The bulk of the focus here falls on Darleen and fsociety, so best to start with them. Things are falling apart for the group long before Susan Jacobs walks in on them in her house. Though Darlene still believes they can make things work, Mobley’s paranoia, which has been building all season, has started to push him past the point of no return. Once he’s declared his intention to leave fsociety for good, it leads to the episode’s tensest scenes, with Mobley and Trenton both overcome with anxiety as they wait for what feels like an inevitable hammer to fall.

What I enjoyed so much about this episode is that it finally put a stronger spotlight on Mobley and Trenton. They’ve been major players in fsociety from early on – a fact reinforced by this week’s great opening scene – but they’ve always been supporting players, the show never really interested in fully exploring their own motivations. We don’t go quite as deep as I would’ve liked here, but we do spend some time in their head space, which is a great change of pace from the norm. It’s also clear we’re not entirely done with either of them yet, as we have no idea who showed up to meet Trenton at hour’s end.

Darlene, meanwhile, was finally given a chance to strike out at E Corp on a more human level, killing Susan for her cold laughter during the events following her father’s death. It’s clearly a big moment for Darlene, but I can’t say it made much of an impact. This has nothing to do with the performance, as Carly Chaikin does great work throughout the episode, but instead with the fact that Susan hasn’t really been a presence this season. It’s hard to feel Darlene’s vengeance when the person she’s killed is so anonymous.

What we get of Angela is brief, but it continues to further her arc this season. It’s clear she’s spiraling further into depression, especially now that she’s feeling more lost and stonewalled than ever at a job she took to try and make a difference. In turn, she’s continuing to withdraw into herself, putting on the cold, corporate persona any time someone – in this case, a friend of her father – calls her on her horrible actions. She’s alone both through circumstance and choice, and it’s quickly leading her to some form of self-destruct or mental break.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!