Title: eps 3.7_dont-delte-me.ko
Director: Sam Esmail
Writers: created by Sam Esmail written by Adam Penn
Starring: Rami Malek, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Michael Cristofer, Stephanie Corneliussen, Martin Wallström, Christian Slater, Michel Gill, Sandrine Holt, Gloria Reuben, Grace Gummer, Azhar Khan, Sunita Mani and more.
Episode length: 42 minutes
If you have been watching, then you know Mr. Robot, in season 3, is a changed beast. There are no more cryptic surreal portrayals of Elliot’s dreamscape way of seeing things. The narrative now is all about what’s happening outside of our hero in the real world, and things are moving fast. People are dying, and the world is a different place. Last week’s episode had a moment where everything changed. Instead of fighting each other, the two parts of Elliot’s mind were shown working together although briefly, but to no avail. It’s not clear whether anything will come of this in the future. Everything going forward indicates its too little too late as it looks like nothing can stop the Dark Army’s plans for the future, and Whiterose seems to be completely in control.
That brings us to the million dollar question: Just what is the Dark Army’s end game, and what does Whiterose hope to gain from all of this death and destruction? At first glance, it seems to be a case of the rich and powerful making the point just to show who is in charge here and always will be, but that seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through to make such a petty point. It seems too simple for all of this being about rich people doing bad things just because they can, but that may be what all of this boils down to in the end. Undermining, co-opting, and subverting Fsociety’s revolution did that but this seems to be about more.
This episode did wrap up one loose thread I have been wondering about for a while and did it no uncertain terms and in a way that served as even more window dressing to embellish what seems like an already over-the-top frame-up on the part of the Dark Army to manipulate the media while covering their tracks.
(*warning spoilers follow*)
While everything else has been going on this season, I have always wondered what happened to original Fsociety members Mobley and Trenton who it appeared had escaped into anonymity out west until we see them being interrupted by Leon. We learned last season that Leon works for the Dark Army looking out for Elliot while he was in prison in season 2. We now find out the pair was taken and held captive by him as the show reintroduces them to the narrative. The long dead pair is pretty sure they are going to die at Leon’s hands. They are shown tormented by the thought of their impending doom throughout the episode, while Leon waxes philosophically, and when it finally comes, it’s not through Leon as they suspect it will. It comes in a way that is so matter-of-fact, it seems almost anticlimactic. They are framed to look as if the were working for Iran putting the blame for the E-corps attacks squarely and conveniently in the lap of that nation.
There has been so much death and other surprising developments coming at us rapid fire since season 3 began its almost starting to feel like I should be keeping a scorecard. Darlene is working for the feds, DiPierro’s efforts are being neutralized by her supervisor who secretly works for the Dark Army. Wellick finally gets the news of his wife’s demise this time around, and the sudden surprise attack on all of the E-corps facilities seems to have everyone in a state of shock, especially Angela who is experiencing a lot of guilt because of her role in what occurred.
One thing that is noteworthy this season is how the series managed to find new more effective ways of portraying Elliot’s schizophrenia. We all knew he was not well but somehow the show has managed to really enhance the impact of what he must be going through and how it effects his life. The revelation that Angela was working with the Mr. Robot side of him while Elliot remained completely unaware of it helped bring the true nature of his condition into sharp relief. He put up a good fight trying to prevent phase two of his plan from being carried out, but ultimately he failed with only Whiterose left to claim any form of victory there may be left to claim. Something tells me it’s too soon to count Elliot out entirely though, and although the episode did seem to wrap things up with a note of finality, we still have the fates of Angela, Darlene, DiPierro, and others to ponder before this comes to what’s looking like an even more tragic conclusion.
“They’re going to get away with this,” Dom whispers to herself at the end of the episode
It looks as if she’s right. The Dark Army is going to get away with it. Whiterose has gotten her precious annexation of the Congo. 71 E Corp buildings have been destroyed, along with at least 4,000 people dead. Elliot and Mr. Robot are defeated, their people’s revolution got torn to shreds, Trenton and Mobley are dead, framed for the E Corp building attacks. Angela is a time-traveling vegetable. It’s all over, or at least, looks that way.