Fritz Lang’s 1927 opus Metropolis didn’t just provide the canonized German director with one of his finest works, it all but singlehandedly introduced sci-fi to the then-nascent cinema. The story of a future dystopia separated into a pampered bourgeoisie and threadbare underclass blew open the doors for everything from Blade Runner to Star Wars, and Lang’s grand production values — massive Expressionist sets, scads of cowering extras, the guiding aesthetic of bigness — captivated audiences. Metropolis’ bold style and primal theme of tensions between haves vs. have-nots trickled down to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video, The Hunger Games, and more literal adaptations stretching from anime to musical theatre.
The second season of USA’s Emmy-winning Mr. Robot took us into a world rocked by economic upheaval and uncertainty, which now bears more than a passing resemblance to our own. As such, creator Sam Esmail “leaked” a new script page from the third season, in which Elliot reacts to the election of Donald Trump.
SNL burst out of the gate for Season 42 over the weekend, having spent a summer in transition with headline after headline passing them by. Leslie Jones in particular had something to say about the hack she suffered in August, recruiting Mr. Robot himself to track down the culprit in a new sketch.
After a season’s worth of buildup and fake-outs, Mr. Robot capped off its Emmy win with another mind-boggling finale’s worth of light answers and more questions. Perhaps most surprising of all was the “post-credits” scene that saw not one, but three unexpected returns, while creator Sam Esmail lays out both Star Wars and Donald Trump influences on Season 3.
The 2016 Emmy Awards have already given some much deserved accolades and a few head-scratchers, but at least a few saw this one coming. After many years under the radar, Rami Malek has finally hacked his way into taking home the statue for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama.
Wednesday night was apparently the hot one for TV parodies, as the same evening that saw Jimmy Fallon reuniting the cast of Stranger Things also saw Stephen Colbert hooding up for a Late Show parody of Mr. Robot. Still, we’ve got to ask the real questions – are we all just ones and zeroes in a game of Ms. Pac Man? How many Christian Slaters are there, really?
There’s no un-ringing the conspiracy theory bell, and Mr. Robot may be learning that the hard way. After a breakout year with just enough twists to keep voracious Redditors humming, Season 2 has struggled to generate the same mystery, and indeed saw its biggest twist uncovered as early as the premiere. Now. showrunner Sam Esmail chimes in, admitting “we didn’t really hide it that well.”
The world behind USA’s Mr. Robot has gotten just nutty enough that we wouldn’t be surprised by some elaborate video game twist, but the series has done us one better. Telltale enables cans to enter the world of Mr. Robot for themselves, with a new game app keeping in contact with the show’s characters.
USA’s Mr. Robot doesn’t yet have the same universal acclaim in Season 2 as before, but nonetheless remains dedicated to finishing Elliot’s fractured vision. USA confirms Mr. Robot will return for Season 3 in 2017, assuming fsociety doesn’t knock out all our TVs by then.
You’d probably have trouble explaining Mr. Robot to a friend without at least one use of the word “weird,” and last night’s Season 2 midpoint “eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes” may have upped that quotient considerably. As if a sitcom dream sequence featuring ALF and a Full House-type theme song weren’t enough, Mr. Robot actually had their respective creators perform the bits.