Mr. Robot eps2.9pyth0n-pt1.p7z Review
Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 11: eps2.9pyth0n-pt1.p7z can best be described as the quiet before the storm, a fitting description given the fact that it’s the second to last episode of the season.
Contrasting with the raw action and suspense of the final moments of last week’s show, Wednesday night’s episode feels remarkably restrained for the bulk of its duration. This is illustrated appropriately enough in the show’s first few minutes. While last week left viewers shocked after an unknown gunman attempted to kill Darlene (Carly Chaikin) and Dom (Grace Gummer), this week started us off with Elliot (Rami Malek) lying in bed, trying to explain how he uses meditation to cope with his myriad mental and social issues. As he slowly chants “mind awake, body asleep” to himself, we are eased into the real meat of the program.
Angela (Portia Doubleday) is accosted by two shady characters who force her into their car and drive her to what appears to be a normal home. There is nothing normal, however, about the room they take her to. Dimly lit, the room contains nothing more than a desk with a red telephone on it, an aquarium tank with a koi fish, and a variation of the classic “hang in there” poster, complete with kitten hanging helplessly from tree branch. Angela is joined soon enough by her interrogator, a young girl (Mabel Tyler) who asks her a number of seemingly-irrelevant queries but keeps coming back to one particular question: “Is the key in the room?” It’s not Laurence Olivier asking Dustin Hoffman “Is it safe?” or Gul Dukat asking Captain Picard “How many lights are there?”, but it will definitely stick with you after you’ve seen it.
At the same time, Dom hopes to recover quickly from the injuries she sustained last episode so she can resume her investigation, but Agent Santiago (Omar Metwally) orders that she finish recovering even as she warns that the Chinese government could be involved in the attempt on her and Darlene’s life and thus an even bigger disaster in the form of war could be on the horizon. Her despondence is matched by Elliot’s confusion when he wakes up from his trance and realizes that he can’t sense Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) anymore. Baffled by the sudden inability of his most persistent delusion to recognize him, Elliot soon finds himself another companion: Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallstrom). Whether he faked his death like his wife maintains he did or he’s just another aspect of Elliot’s personality that he would rather not acknowledge is, for the time being, irrelevant as the two walk off screen and Tyrell quips, “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
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