BY VARIETY STAFF
Mr. Robot / Mr. Robot
Here was another death that wasn’t really a "death," and yet, as was the case with Kevin Garvey’s trippy journey on “The Leftovers,” the show’s revelation wasn’t just a shocker, it was a challenging and rewarding expansion on the show’s themes. It turns out “Mr. Robot,” a.k.a. Elliot’s father, had been dead the entire time, a not-unexpected development that underlined Elliot’s mental struggles and his difficulty in accepting painful realities. That shock, like a few others in “Mr. Robot’s” fine first season, didn’t feel exploitative or cheap because it was tied into a rich and rewarding character journey. It wasn’t a manufactured “OMG” moment when we saw the gravestone of Elliot’s dead father — it was a resonant character turn that helped the USA show evolve into an even deeper meditation on connection, grief and isolation.