Title (episode 12): eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z
Director: Sam Esmail
Writers: created and written by Sam Esmail
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
The season finale was full of revelations, but left more questions in its wake unanswered than before. I have come to the conclusion Sam Esmail is a sadist.
The season finale was a beautifully painted portrait done by a master, but like many works of surreal art left me wandering if i really understood what the artist was trying to say. I have spoken before how the nature of this show is like having a bag full of jigsaw puzzle pieces that once you start to get them assembled, starts to make sense, but that only works if all of the pieces are there. A lot of what makes this show so appealing is its style and the way it tells its story, but cliffhanger endings can be a bitch, especially when they are part of series that’s so engaging, and is so successful at getting you emotionally invested.
The episode was full of developments, and revelations that cleared up a lot of things any fan of the show was left wondering about from the previous chapters of this year’s season, and it was nice to know what happened to who, as far as it went, but what was left over still left an awful lot of questions regarding not only the show’s characters, but what happened after the episode ended. Did phase two reach its intended climax successfully? Where was Angela during all this and what about White Rose?. This episode left me knowing two or three things for sure, that the story is far from over, and its very likely Sam Esmail is a sadist who delights in torturing his fans who are desperate for answers regarding the show’s narrative. I suppose that makes me a masochist, because I love it.
Here’s a recap, laced with comments. (*warning, spoilers follow*)
The episode begins with the scene where Tyrell Wellick is in his car trying to convince Mr Robot to tell him more about what he has planned regarding the future of what he’s going to to do to E-corp. The show has come full circle in returning to Coney Island, just outside the original location of F-society’s headquarters. The time around we see the reality of what happened with Elliot there instead, delivering the lines of dialogue previously delivered by his alter ego
The next scene is Darlene (Carly Chaikin) in custody at FBI headquarters, being interrogated by Dom DiPierro (Grace Gummer), and her boss Agent Santiago (Omar Metwally). They are playing a bit of good cop, bad cop with her, but Darlene isn’t buying it, She’s being her usual hard ass and defiant self. Its revealed that Cisco was shot and killed in the attack at the restaurant, and Darlene says she met him and they went out to eat, and nothing more, except to repeat her rights to plead the fifth.
I would just like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of Darlene’s portrayal by Chaikin. If there is anyone else that’s the star of this series, beyond Elliot, its Darlene. Her face is remarkable, its like the face of a beautiful woman one moment, and a pretty scary Halloween mask the next. Those dead eyes speak volumes about pain and inner torment and that mouth, that sensual, angry, slash of a mouth should come with a parental warning. More than any of the other characters that orbit planet Elliot, she has carried this show, and helped make it the phenomenon that it is.
The next piece in the puzzle is a visit with Joanna Wellick (Stephanie Corneliussen), who has followed the trace that Elliot provided to the source of the mysterious calls and gifts. They were made from to the home of Scott Knowles (Brian Stokes Mitchell), the former CTO of E-corp, who it turned out wanted to inflict torment on her by giving her hope that it was Tyrell, and then squashing it. It turns out that his wife that Tyrell killed was pregnant. Joanna goes off on him, and unleashes an obscenity laced torrent of mean spirited verbosity without any sort of restraint.
He attacks her and beats the living crap out of her until she’s really bloody and seriously injured. The show once again suddenly segues from what seems like an unremarkable scene to the sudden eruption of violence that has become one of its trademark devices. Even though I was shocked, I couldn’t help but wonder if she intentionally provoked that reaction, because she enjoyed it. As we all know, Joanna is kind of kinky in her sexual tastes.
There’s another scene later that depicts Joanna with her bartender boy toy, Derek (Chris Conroy) who is inflamed and wants to kill whoever did it to her, but she calms him and tells him there’s a better way. She wants him to change his testimony to make it look like Knowles killed his wife himself, and it may be what she had planned all along.
At this point we rejoin Elliot and Tyrell who after we saw them last have made their way on foot to a non-descript doorway they enter and climb some stairs. They find a man in protective coveralls who opens a nearby elevator and ushers them in. Tyrell, it turns out, is not only real, but knows the location of the place where they can carry out the needed actions to initiate the mysterious phase two of Elliot’s plan. they enter a shabby abandoned office space where there’s a table with a computer and a chair.
Elliot looks at the computer screen that has the layout of a building’s plans on it, but it still means nothing to him, and it not until Tyrell who is feeling celebratory calls him over to the window to peek out at a scene across the street, and along with a little coaching by Tyrell, it jars his memory of what he had planned. E-corp is collecting all of their hard copies of the records in one place and plans to rebuild their data base, in order to get back in business. A long time before this, Elliot/Mr Robot had planted some malware in the E-corp computer system, which it turns out can be used to make the building explode and destroy all of those records, preventing them from ever recreating their data base, ever again
Meanwhile back with Darlene and Dom, Darlene is still playing the hard ass, and Dom presents her with some of hard evidence they have commectd from Cisco’s place, including the the video camera used to make the F-society videos, but her threats fall on deaf ears and Darlene is not intimidated. Then Dom tries another tact, she takes Darlene through headquarters past all of the agents that have been working on the 5/9 hack case, a sort of walk of shame that leads to a room where the whole case is mapped out on a wall. Its the sort of wall we have seen plenty of times before in tv and movie procedurals, complete with photos of all the suspects with arrows and lines that connect them, and near the center are pictures of Elliot and Tyrell. It presents a pretty complete picture of who was involved, both living and dead, andDarlene seems impressed and utters the words”You gotta be kidding me”, and that’s it.
Bouncing back to Elliot and Tyrell, Elliot is in a heated argument with his alter ego, until Elliot realizes his father’s ghost is distracting him from what Tyrell is doing. Tyrell is putting the last details into place that will make the malware do its job. Elliot picks that moment to rebel completely, it isn’t what he wants, he say to blow that building up and kill all of those people.
He sits at the computer to stop it all from happening while his alter ego is screaming at him to stop. Tyrell can’t believe what he is seeing and hearing, or what Elliot is doing and saying, and growing desperate he pulls a gun and threatens to shoot Elliot if he doesn’t stop, but Elliot is determined, and declares he is finally going to take control.
Tyrol shoots him and Elliot fans to the floor, he can’t believe what’s happened, and as he falls his the image of his father’s ghost fickers like a faulty video image until it disappears. Fade to black. This was of course an unacceptable way to end the season, and it raises a lot of questions regarding Elliot going forward. has he really finally freed himself of his dead father’s ghost, and the part of himself that started all of this, and set it in action?
We don’t get to find out if Tyrell finished the job or what happens after that. There is another scene with Angela on the phone with what seems to be Tyrell, or it might be White Rose and after asking if the person she is speaking with is with Elliot now, she says it would be best if she was the first person he saw when he wakes up. This raises all kind so f questions regarding Angela and her true role in all of this. It does seem to imply Elliot survived getting shot and of course that the Dark Army was in control of the situation all along.
There’s a post credits scene that looks like it takes place in mall in Arizona or someplace similar with Mobley and Trenton who apparently found their way there and now work in an electronics store,, They are arguing about something, what it is l’m not sure, but its still a big reveal they were both alive and okay. Mobley is even planning for the future, encouraging Trenton to think positively about their new circumstances, and that she should be able to get her own place soon, when they are interrupted by someone who Mobley politely tells they are on a break.
It turns out to be Leon (Joey Bada$$) who asks them if they know what time it is. Holy mackerel! What a surprise, since we know he works for White Rose, his query is a loaded question, one we have to wait until next season to find out the answer to. Do you know what time it is?Like i said Sam Esmail is a sadistic bastard.
It should be noted that just a few days ago, Rami Malek won the Emmy for best male actor is a dramatic series for his work in season 2 of the show. Happy viewing.