There’s a number of people who were fans of season one that think the second season of Mr. Robot is a terrible failure. I’m not one of them, but I get why they’re unhappy. There’s no doubt that the core plot for this season just isn’t as thrilling as the first season was.But I think that’s by intention. Any show that’s trying to keep going based on tension and twists isn’t going to be able to play the same trick twice without leaving the user feeling as if they’re somehow chasing after the same high. (Remember Lost?) And even if you can pull it off, it can be exhausting to watch a series that ends up focused on

I think that’s by intention. Any show that’s trying to keep going based on tension and twists isn’t going to be able to play the same trick twice without leaving the user feeling as if they’re somehow chasing after the same high. (Remember Lost?) And even if you can pull it off, it can be exhausting to watch a series that ends up focused on scale (bigger, better, more!) rather than craft.

That makes it the job of the second season is to rebuild the series for the long haul, acting as a bridge between the tricky mysteries of the first season, and the long-form storytelling of the three seasons that are going to come after it.

By episode 9 we’re close to the endgame of that process, and it seems as if we’re coming to understanding what Mr. Robot is really about. I’m looking forward to finding out.

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