Mr. Robot “eps2.9pyth0n-pt1.p7z” Review (Season 2 Episode 11)

I had a few different thoughts on how to start this review of Mr. Robot, but let’s start with this point: the problem with a show with an unreliable narrator is that, after a certain number of twists, it becomes impossible to be surprised by anything. It’s not that “eps2.9pyth0n-pt1.p7z” has a bad ending, it’s just nowhere near the shock that the show maybe wants it to be.

There’s a couple of reasons for this, but they all tie back to Elliot himself. The fact is that even with how adamant Mr. Robot was that Tyrell was dead, the door was never fully closed on the issue. There were too many moments removed from Mr. Robot directly – such as the gifts Joanna has been getting and Elliot’s phone call at the beginning of the season – that made it possible to believe him on face value. Beyond that, there’s the complete lack of info the show has given us around Joanna’s investigation, particularly the address Elliot gave her. Oh, and there’s of course the fact that we still can’t be sure Tyrell’s actually back.

Beyond all that, though, is a problem that’s been core to Elliot all season: his complete removal from the main plot. We’re here talking about the penultimate episode of the year, and Elliot’s only barely reconnecting with whatever Mr. Robot’s been planning with the Dark Army. All of the heavy lifting in the plot has been done by other characters, with Elliot stuck in a narrative tangent for most of the season. And honestly, the result is that I’ve come to care less about what’s happening when Elliot’s on the screen, which is a shame for a character that was one of last year’s best.

Once again, then, was carried by the rest of its cast, even if Darlene and Cisco’s fates were frustratingly left up in the air. At the very least, we found out Dom’s fate, though it’s clear she’s starting to seek even further into the depression that was hinted at earlier this season, and with good reason. We’ve seen that she’s prioritized her career over personal relationships, but it’s always been something she could live with because she was so good at her job. Now, though, she’s been told that all her work this season has basically been for nothing, and she’s left to heartbreakingly seek comfort from the cold, robot voice of Alexa.

Angela, meanwhile, found herself put through a test by the Dark Army. Though the show frequently threatens to lean too far into the bizarre, I loved the weird touches this week, from the Commodore 64 questionnaire to the strange little girl asking the questions. Plus, it all led to another great scene for Whiterose, offering Angela a chance to escape from the very real threat of death.

That’s where things stand leading into the finale, and I can honestly say I have no idea where things are going to go. I’ve been hard on the show this season, but I remain hopeful that it can deliver a mind-blowing wrap-up that can leave us all a bit more hopeful for next season.

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