Mr. Robot Recap: Moment of Truth

BY VIKRAM MURTHI

Last week, after stopping an attack on E Corp’s New York storage facility, Elliot witnessed on television that the Dark Army has blown up 71 storage facilities across the country. Thousands are dead. The world has been shaken to its core. Everyone, including those in the Dark Army’s orbit, will struggle to pick up the pieces and figure out what’s going on and how to stop it.

Mr. Robot season 3, episode 7 recap: Placing blame

BY DEANNA CHAPMAN

In eps3.6_fredrick+tanya.chk, Mr. Robot brings back some familiar faces and Angela has a breakdown.

Mr. Robot brings the return of Leon, Trenton and Mobley in the opening scene. Leon is supposedly there to keep them safe and just rambles on a bit about the Night Rider theme song. He also kills Mobley’s roommate. It’s a fun way to bring him back into the show. “Moment of Truth” plays as they head out to the desert to bury the roommate. It’s an excellent music choice. Trenton then tries to drive away, leaving Leon behind, but doesn’t get very far before driving into a giant rock. Because she does that, Leon makes them finish digging the grave.

The Dark Army Killed Trenton & Mobley On 'Mr. Robot,' So Whiterose's Organization Is The Real Evil Corp

It's time to accept that Whiterose and her Dark Army — not E Corp — are the true villains of Mr. RobotSpoilers for the Nov. 22 episode follow. The Dark Army killed Trenton and Mobley on Mr. Robot in "Eps3.6fredrick&tanya.chk" after the Chinese hacker organization enacted their own version of stage two. The two fsociety members had fled New York City and were last seen in the Season 2 finale, "Eps2.9pyth0n-pt2.p7z." But despite trying to start new lives for themselves, their involvement in fsociety had deadly consequences, just as they had anticipated.

The rich will always control any revolution on a disheartening Mr. Robot

BY ALEX MCLEVY

“First, capitalism is a pure religious cult, perhaps the most extreme there ever was.”—Walter Benjamin, “Capitalism As Religion”

R.I.P., Trenton and Mobley. The former Fsociety hackers were in over their heads right to the very end, fearful and dispirited ideologues who gave up on their revolutionary dreams in the name of safety and security, only to see their actions push them into exile, and finally death. The dream of a better world became a nightmare for the two of them, and all their talk of potentially reversing the results of 5/9 disappeared into the darkness, along with their lives. It was a bleak and unsettling end for two people who had been with Elliot and Darlene almost since the beginning, and a harbinger of worse things to come—an albatross for the Aldersons.

Mr. Robot recap: 'Eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk'

BY KYLE FOWLE

While both the first and second seasons of Mr. Robot boasted their fair share of paranoia and anxiety, that kind of atmospheric tension has been even more integral to this third season. Perhaps it’s because the plot isn’t covering as much ground as before, and so the atmosphere becomes the focus. But that’s not entirely true either. Rather, the atmosphere and the plot drive each other, working in tandem to create this horribly oppressive, hopeless feeling. I’ve mentioned it before, but season 3 is going full political paranoid thriller, similar to The Parallax View or The Conversation.

What paranoid thrillers achieve in their deployment of that type of atmosphere is a sense of instability. As the characters work to piece together a puzzle, they find the ground shifting underneath them. Everything that they once thought was true suddenly isn’t; sometimes the fear comes not from the actions of the villains, but rather the fact that they can operate without us even knowing. The evil we don’t see is more terrifying than the evil we do see.

On A Dark ‘Mr. Robot,’ The Bad Guys Win Again And Again

BY ALAN SEPINWALL

A quick review of tonight’s Mr. Robot coming up just as soon as I find Knight Rider more realistic than Frasier

After two of the series’ most intense episodes ever aired back to back, the season downshifts again for “Fredrick & Tanya,” a piece-mover episode with a heavy undercurrent of Evil Triumphant, as all the characters — even Elliot, though he appears just for a few minutes before giving way to Mr. Robot for the rest of the hour — come to grip with the totality of Whiterose’s victory, even if none of them can quite understand it.

‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3, Episode 7: Old Friends Return, Briefly

BY JEREMY EGNER 

Season 3, Episode 7, ‘eps3.6_fredrick&tanya.chk’

This week “Mr. Robot” picked up right after the cataclysmic E Corp attack, the worst terrorist strike in the United States, we were told, resulting in perhaps more than 4,000 deaths. Elliot wept, like many of the people around him, but for viewers the toll of the Dark Army assault was mostly abstract.

Could This Insane 'Mr. Robot' Easter Egg Change the Course of the Entire Series

BY FRAZIER THARPE & KHAL

During the opening of last week's episode of Mr. Robot ("eps3.5_kill-process.inc"), we were shown a scene where a young Angela was at a party for her mother; this was after the accident that ultimately killed her mother and Elliot's father.

Calling it a "party" sounds weird, but there was definitely a gathering, and it felt like Angela's mother was saying her last goodbyes. Angela had a conversation with Elliot's father, in which he made her understand why she should speak to her mother during this time, convincing her to be upfront with her mother during this ordeal. Angela's mother makes an interesting comment about there being "another world" out there, and that they'd "see each other again."

‘Mr. Robot’ Rewind: Fighting over UPS firmware in Episode 6

BY COREY NACHREINER

[Spoiler Alert] You should watch Mr. Robot episode 6 (Eps3.5_kill-process.inc) before reading this article. Otherwise, it will spoil many of the show’s major hacks and technical details.

Welcome to the Mr. Robot Rewind series, where I dissect the hacks and technical details within the show, sharing what’s accurate and what’s not.

This week’s episode was huge for fans of the series, as we finally saw the conclusion to the Stage 2 UPS hack, which was designed to destroy the building that housed all E Corp’s financial paper records… or so we thought.

This article will be shorter than most, as this latest chapter was much more focused on frenetic plot elements than new hacks. That said, the episode also illustrated Elliot’s attempts to complete one major technical challenge, over and over again. Let’s dig in.

A Roundtable of Hackers Dissects 'Mr. Robot' Season 3 Episode 6: 'Kill Process'

BY YAEL GRAUER

Episode 6 of Mr. Robot’s third season may have been tragic, but there were plenty of hacks and details for our team of technologists to pore over. We discussed key card swiping, Signal hardening, halon server rooms, PGP keys, and more. (The chat transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.) This week's team of experts include:

'Mr. Robot': Cracking the Code on the Show's Most Destructive Moment

BY JOSH WIGLER

Producer, writer and technology expert Kor Adana joins THR every week to discuss the latest episode of the USA thriller.

[Warning: This story contains major spoilers from season three, episode six of USA Network's Mr. Robot, "eps3.5_kill-process.inc."]

What happens when you put Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom) and the full force of the Dark Army together? Stage Two. That's what happens.

‘Mr. Robot’ Recap, Season 3, Episode 6: We All Fall Down

BY SEAN T. COLLINS

Like a rough beast racing towards Bethlehem to be born, this week’s episode of Mr. Robot picks up where last week’s left off and doesn’t let up until it’s all over but the screaming.

“eps3.5_kill-pr0cess.par2” beings with a brief flashback to a sad, slightly morbid “going-away party” thrown in honor of young Angela Moss’s mom, back when the diagnosis of the cancer she contracted from E Corp became terminal and she decided not to fight it anymore. After some encouragement from Elliot’s all-too-familiar-looking father, Angela peels herself away from a Back to the Future cartoon (get it???) and approaches her mom to comfort her and receive comfort in turn. Behind big eyes (or “big-ass eyes,” to paraphrase Darlene on Angela later in the episode), Mrs. Moss tells her daughter they’ll meet again in another, better world. “Will you believe with me?” she asks. We then cut to the present day, where the consequences of belief are made horrifyingly plain.

The Light and Dark​ Music in ' Mr. Robot': A Conversation with Mac Quayle

BY PAUL ARRAS

However the rest of the series plays out, Mr. Robot will be remembered for the innovative ways creator Sam Esmail has found to portray the mental life of the show's central character, Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek). Now midway through its third season, the show is still surprising viewers with its plot while maintaining a consistently thrilling and paranoid mood.

The Mr. Robot Hack Report: Stage Two revealed

BY RUSSELL BRANDOM

Mr. Robot is back, and the C Y B E R is back, too. The show takes a special interest in showing off the details that usually get glossed over, often drawing on real hacks and real cybersecurity problems. So after every episode, I’ll be breaking down who got hacked, how, and with what. It turns out, there’s a lot more to each one than you can see on-screen.

So that happened! After weeks and weeks of thinking Stage Two was just about blowing up a single building, the Dark Army pulled a fast one and blew up 71 other buildings in completely different parts of the country. Seeing everyone’s phone light up with alerts at the same time was actually kind of traumatic. If the end of the world happens anytime soon, I will definitely hear about it by push notification.

Mr. Robot season 3, episode 6 recap: Showdown

BY DEANNA CHAPMAN

Mr. Robot brings an intense struggle between Elliot and Mr. Robot. Who will win in the end?

Mr. Robot starts off with a flashback going back to when Angela was a kid. Her mom is sick and Mr. Alderson comes over to keep her company. They talk a bit and then Angela goes to tell her mom that the party is weird. One thing of note that Elliot’s dad did say was that if he was ever not around, Angela should just give him a little push. She’s certainly doing that in the present day, which we’ve seen quite a bit this season.

From there, the show picks up right where the previous episode left off. Elliot is freaking out while Angela just tells him to let today happen. Angela says her mother and Elliot’s father will be fine and Elliot is just trying to make sense of everything. Angela is in way deeper than he thought, considering he thought she was helping him this whole time.

The Dark Army’s Terrorist Attack In ‘Mr. Robot’ May Bring A Fractured fsociety Back Together

BY CAITLIN GALLAGHER

Elliot loses time often in Mr. Robot, but he just learned that he's even more in the dark when it comes to the Dark Army's plan than he realized. Spoilers forMr. Robot follow. In "Eps3.5kill-process.inc," Mr. Robot helps Elliot stop phase two at the downtown recovery building, but the Dark Army blows up E Corp buildings around the country anyway. This massive attack will have major repercussions for the characters of Mr. Robot and it makes you wonder how much Mr. Robot, Angela, and Tyrell knew of Whiterose's master plan. And even though Angela seems like she only knew of Elliot's phase two and not this other major attack on E Corp buildings, will Elliot be able to forgive his betrayal? He just may need to if he's going to face what the Dark Army has planned next.

Mr. Robot Recap: Stage 2, Take 2

BY DAVE NEMETZ

Elliot has a plan to thwart the Dark Army’s deadly plot this week on Mr. Robot — but is he already a few steps behind?

We pick up with Elliot confronting Angela about working with the Dark Army. She urges him to “let today happen,” convinced that Whiterose “is going to save the world.” Elliot says that’s all lies, calling Whiterose a terrorist, but Angela insists no one will die, “including your father and my mother.” (Again with the cryptic promises.) He gives up on her and rushes over to the E Corp data recovery building, where he hopes he can bypass what Angela did to the server and stop Stage 2 before the building blows up.

Mr. Robot Recap: Point of Failure

BY VIKRAM MURTHI 

No one ever knows if they’re experiencing tunnel vision. When someone desperately tries to accomplish their biggest goal, or give their life meaning, or save the world, or prevent a tragedy, they don’t know if they’re missing the forest for the trees. Only those who aren’t directly connected to that journey can provide the appropriate perspective. But what happens when everyone around you also suffers from tunnel vision? What happens when myopia dominates everyone’s worldviews? What happens when everyone can only see trees?

“eps3.5_kill-pr0cess.inc” dramatizes that terrifying idea by essentially pushing every character, and their conflicting goals, into the same orbit. Credited writer Kyle Bradstreet constructs a ticking-time-bomb scenario in which everyone races against the clock to either stop or help the Dark Army, and yet everyone on the ground has no idea about the other shoe that’s slowly dropping out of sight. No one can see the bigger picture because they’re too focused on what’s in front of them.

Mr. Robot Review: Back to the Future (Episode 3.06)

BY MATT BRENNAN

See You in Another Life! the icing promises—and, after a fashion, they will. The cake’s absurd/macabre inscription, meant to mark the imminent death of Angela’s mother, appears in the flashback that opens “eps3.5_kill-pr0cess.par2,” and whether or not the hereafter exists, it applies to Angela (Portia Doubleday) and Mr. Alderson (Christian Slater). Long after he’s gone, long after that Back to the Future cartoon goes off the air and Angela’s mother’s “going away” party passes into memory, the two will meet again, this time through Elliot (Rami Malek). When Mac Qualye’s soaring score bleeds into ECorp’s blaring sirens, returning us, and Mr. Robot, back to the future, it’s this blurring of time, of space, of self that emerges as the episode’s through line. “You sound like him,” Elliot says when Angela speaks of seeing revolution through. “You, you mean,” she replies curtly.