Mr. Robot eps1.3_da3m0ns.mp4
Bullshit disguised as insight:
Am I missing something here?
In this episode, Elliot strives to fit in, to be normal, to do normal activities even though he finds most of them untrue to his nature. He goes to a dinner party and drinks Starbucks. Last two episodes, he’s been going on societal culture rants and blending in to the bare minimum so he can reasonably function without too much Counselor Krista interference. Sure, he resists joining a revolution to completely upend society, but his current pop culture consuming behavior seems like an out-of-character complete pendulum effect to the other direction. He’s put in a lot of effort to detach himself from the rest of the world. I’m just not sure where this compulsion is coming from. Maybe he’s finally finding a reason to be hopeful in Shayla? Still.
In Elliot’s quest to be normal, he attends the boss’s dinner party with a plus one. It’s kinda cute. His unconventional way of introducing his girlfriend of just a few hours provides some awkward comic relief, but there’s no way this cute balancing act is lasting.
Shayla makes a point to have Elliot promise not to hurt her. Later that day, he just leaves her at the dinner party. He just rockets out of there with no explanation. Knowing Elliot, it doesn’t seem like he will be too forthcoming of his mental process later so Shayla can properly understand.
Then again, their relationship has got to be better than Shayla’s time with Fernando the drug supplier, so I’m not sure what her expectations are. At the same time, Elliot’s not supplying her with the product for her livelihood, so she may have different standards for him.
There are also blatant similarities to how Elliot treated Shayla in episode 1 (who is now his girlfriend) to how he treats Darlene in this episode. In the pilot, Elliot finds Shayla still in his bed when he returns to his apartment with Angela. He harshly tells her, “Shayla, leave. Now.” In this episode, Darlene has busted her way into his apartment and is waiting for him when he comes back with Shayla. He bluntly tells her, “Get out.” It could be Elliot’s lack of social grace, but it also shows the rapid progression of Elliot and Shayla’s relationship. She’s now in league with his darling friend Angela. Then again, Elliot is telling people to leave or trying to remove himself from situations a lot of the time, so perhaps, these are just two instances in a pattern of behavior.
Speaking of Darlene, she and Elliot seem to be quite the odd couple, semi-united by similar moral values. They both resent the Evil Corp is operating, but where Darlene is loud and expressive, Elliot is monotone and speaks few words. We see that Elliot is concerned with pop culture in the way that large, widely recognizable corporations hurt society, but it’s hard to see him flipping through a magazine and caring that Jessica Alba wants to join the fsociety movement. I actually like Darlene. I think their interactions show a nice contrast and conflict, and it’s very possible Darlene’s brash nature is her way of hiding, like Elliot’s is detachment. It will be interesting to see how they grow together.
Finally, Tyrell had a huge role in comparison to earlier episodes, and it was as revealing as it was confusing. We see a bit behind the “robot” (his words), his outer facade, but judging the authenticity of his actions are confused by his many manipulations. It’s certain that his outward persona is very calculated. He practices his speech to get the words, his mannerisms, and his inflections exactly right, or he slaps himself in the face. He creates a very programmed image to portray in such a way that it seems natural. I thought his tendency for violence may stop at punishing himself for his mistakes, but then he pays a guy to be his human punching bag, so obviously I thought wrong. If I beat a person every time I didn’t get the job I wanted, well, I’d have enough experience to tout myself as a professional thug. It’s a very disturbing idea that Tyrell thinks paying money is a fair exchange for hurting others, and also gives insight on how he would treat the poor masses who use Evil Corp if he were CTO.
The way Tyrell handles sexuality is also quite…liberal? I’m not sure. He’s clearly able to have sex with a man while also having a pregnant wife. Granted, he used sex to get to the guy’s phone so he could root it, but there was a lot he had to go through to reach that point. It’s an interesting gender role reversal, as usually it’s women in heterosexual trysts using sex or sexuality to gain the advantage .
There is definitely something wrong with him, mentally. Really, undeniable. But who’s the only one in therapy? Not the rich guy.
- Why is Ollie’s laptop always open? Especially the laptop he knows has been hacked. Angela and Ollie walk into the apartment, having not been there for a while, it’s open. Is this normal?
- Elliot waking up to his therapist on one side and his drug dealer/emergency contact in the hospital is hilarious(ly sad?).
- Elliot has to know he’s being manipulated by the news report, and he’s letting it happen.
- I have a bad feeling they might go Bourne Supremacy on Elliot’s girlfriend (kill her off), whether that girlfriend ends up being Shayla or not. Romantic attachments just do not do well in high stakes environments.