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.
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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.
Lest you have enough trouble distinguishing the reality of USA’s Mr. Robot, one of the series’ most important mythologies has a real-world counterpart. Following this week’s revelatory hour (or so), watch the full Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoisie that inspired fsociety for yourself!
Just the other day, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-awaited Pump finally seemed to move forward with an exploration of bodybuilding culture’s origins, but will cultural successor Dwayne Johnson beat him to the punch? The Rock has his own Muscle Beach drama greenlit at USA, and there’s bound to be some overlap.
Gun violence in America was enough of an issue without USA frantically trying to schedule its Shooter adaptation around mass shootings, and it seems another rash of destruction has the network on edge. Following an already-delayed premiere, Shooter will now move to fall 2016 in deference to the Baton Rouge attacks, potentially even changing its title.
Crazily enough, it’s getting harder and harder to schedule violent TV in between mass shootings. Where weeks ago TNT opted to reschedule The Last Ship Season 3 over its depiction of a nightclub shooting, USA’s aptly-named Shooter will now hold off a week in deference to the Dallas sniper attack.